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kKin • dred [kin-drid]

1. natural relationship; affinity

2. having the same belief, attitude, or feeling: We are kindred spirits on the issue of the need for bookstores.

3.the overwhelming feeling of belonging and connection writers feel toward others writers

4. the sense of knowing the character in a favorite book so well that you find yourself sometimes wondering if that character is also thinking about you

Writer’s Quotes

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ~ L.M. Montgomery

“You and I are more than friends. We’re like a really small gang.” ~ Author Unknown

“We are kindred spirits, forged in different fires but kindred.” ~ Aaron Polson


jJug • gle [jugh-uh l]

1. to keep (several objects, as balls, plates, tenpins, or knives) in continuous motion in the air simultaneously by tossing and catching

2. to manage or alternate the requirements of (two or more tasks, responsibilities, activities, etc.) so as to handle each adequately: to juggle the obligations of job and school

3. the daily life of a writer between relationships, home life, and the responsibilities of writing and promoting

Writer’s Quotes

“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls…are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.” ~ James Patterson

“Writing a screenplay, for me, is like juggling. It’s like, how many balls can you get in the air at once? All those ideas have to float out there to a certain point, and then they’ll crystallize into a pattern.” ~ James Cameron

“Like most of us, I’m used to juggling about 52 roles in life. Wife. Mother. Sister. Friend. Author. Sometimes I feel a bit ‘multiple-personality’.” ~ Sophie Kinsella

iIn • se • cu • ri • ty [in-si kyoo r-i-tee]

1. lack of confidence or assurance; self-doubt: He is plagued by insecurity about his writing.

2. the feeling most writers have about their talent at one point or another

3. the fear that some published writers have that their previous works may be a complete fluke and that the current project they are working on is just plain crap

Writer’s Quotes

“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” ~ Robert Hughes

“We each appear to hold within ourselves a range of divergent views as to our native qualities. And amid such uncertainty, we typically turn to the wider world to settle the question of our significance…we seem beholden to affections of others to endure ourselves.” ~ Alain de Botton

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” ~ Steven Furtick

“Sometimes I can’t think of anything but every wrong thing I’ve ever done.” ~ Ruthie Knox


hHu • mor [hyoo-mer]


1. a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement

2. an instance of being or attempting to be comical or amusing; something humorous: The humor in his joke eluded the audience.

3. the stories we laugh at because we are just so happy it is happening to someone else

Writer’s Quotes

“Humor, to be comprehensible to anybody, must be built upon a foundation with which he is familiar. If he can’t see the foundation the superstructure is to him merely a freak” ~ Mark Twain

“A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.” ~ Doug Larson

“Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.” ~ Irvin S. Cobb

gGram • mar [gram-er]


1. the study of the way the sentences of a language are constructed; morphology and syntax

2. a device, as a body of rules, whose output is all of the sentences that are permissible in an given language, while excluding all those that are not permissible

3. when used incorrectly in front of a writer (either in print, electronic, or spoken form), it is the equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard

Author Quotes on Grammar

“It’s hard to take someone seriously when they leave you a note saying, ‘Your ugly.’ My ugly what? The idiot didn’t even know the difference between your and you’re.” ~ Cara Lynn Shultz

“Grammar makes the difference between feeling you’re nuts and feeling your nuts.” ~ Author Unknown

“No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place.” ~ Isaac Babel