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Because of the weather situation here in Toronto, I'm posting my blog for the 24th today on the 23rd. Please read both and please excuse any typos, etc.

Oddly enough, writers have written a lot about writing. Here are ten of my favourite quotes — I hope you enjoy them too!

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” — Douglas Adams

“If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.” ― Kingsley Amis

“I never sit down to my desk without revulsion, and I never rise from it but with relief.” — Robert Browning

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” ― Winston Churchill

“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” ― Charles Dickens

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ― Jack London

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” ― Thomas Mann

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” ― W. Somerset Maugham

“Nothing’s a better cure for writer’s block than to eat ice cream right out of the carton.” ― Don Roff

“I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t know what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.” ― P.G. Wodehouse

And Another Thing …
The first radio broadcast or music and voice took place on Christmas Eve in 1906, thanks to the work of Canadian Reginald Fessenden. (In 1901 Guglielmo Marconi had sent radio signals from England to Newfoundland, but only in Morse code, as you read in my post on December 12.) One of the things I love about writing biographies is finding surprising connections between famous people. Back in 1876, when Fessenden was just ten years old, he had watched Alexander Graham Bell demonstrate how one of the first telephones worked when Bell transmitted voices over wires between Branford and Paris, Ontario. It may have been then that Fessenden first came up with the idea of transmitting voices without wires.

Many people thought this dream of Fessenden’s was impossible. When he’d asked the famous inventor Thomas Edison about it, Edison said, “Fezzie, what do you say are man’s chances of jumping over the moon? I think one is a likely as the other.” Edison was wrong and Fessenden not only made the first public radio broadcast of music and voice, but he also went on to create more than 500 inventions. Many writers and other artists, including me, listen to CBC radio as we work, so we have special reason to be grateful to Fessenden!

Thanks for reading and see you on Boxing Day.

Merry Christmas!

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

Elizabeth MacLeod

Award-winning author Elizabeth MacLeod has written over 50 books for children. Her most recent book, Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries, was published by Annick Press.

Go to Elizabeth MacLeod’s Author Page