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#HBWhoSaidIt? quotes

speech balloon question markEvery day in November we’re tweeting (from @HornBook) a quote about the creative process, by a children’s author or illustrator. Can you guess who said it? Click the hashtag #HBWhoSaidIt? for the latest tweets. See all “Who Said It?” quotes and their sources below.

11/3: “When I’m not writing well, I can barely remember what it feels like to write well. When that happens, I read.” Answer here.

11/4: “I kept a comics journal [as a kid]. I used to draw a comic about my day, pretty much every day.” Answer here.

11/5: “Writing is, like any athletics, a learned skill refined only by consistent and strenuous workouts over time.” Answer here.

11/6: “For genre to work best…you must have basilisk stories and jealous ex-husband stories and cancer stories.” Answer here.

11/7: “I do my research the same way for every book I write. I start with books; I do the reading.” Answer here.

11/10: “PLEASE! Oh, PLEASE! Make us a book that reflects the powerful, determined, articulate, smart men we are.” Answer here.

11/11: “Illustrators are notoriously good at giving speeches.” Answer here.

11/12: “It’s always a bit of a shock to get pulled out from behind my lonely drawing desk and plopped down in front of people, let alone a crowd.” Answer here.

11/13: “I would be a hermit in the Catskills who wrote textbooks.” Answer here.

11/14: “Writing this book, from the darkest place in my heart…made my heart less dark. That pain isn’t there for me to go back to.” Answer here.

11/17: “Now you see what we picture book authors are reduced to: ‘Come back to my place so I can show you Jon Klassen’s etchings.'” Answer here.

11/18: “It just hit me, that image. That’s where it started. And I thought, ‘There they are. Those are my characters.'” Answer here.

11/19: “I’ve published some sixty books covering a span of history from Confucius to Martha Graham. I’ve learned a lot. My views have evolved. I’m still practicing my craft.” Answer here.

11/20: “Sometimes you have to do an awful lot of writing to figure out exactly what it is you have to say, to find the story you want to tell and the path that works best for the telling.” Answer here.

11/21: “Children, architects, artists, and writers all know that play and work are one. This project allowed a wide space for my play.” Answer here.

11/24: “As Scott McCloud says in Making Comics, ‘There are no rules.’ When it comes to comics, there is no The Way.” Answer here.

11/25: “I think about words a lot. I need words. I need written-down, black-on-white, printed words. Let me count the ways.” Answer here.

11/26: “There was something about this moment that made me say to myself, ‘PICK UP THAT PENCIL and DRAW…’ A command to begin the journey.” Answer here.

11/27: “I need solitude, not only to write but to nourish myself (being, like most writers, an introvert) so that I do keep trying to write. Answer here.

11/28: “One of the beauties of being an artist is that you can create a whole new world, with circumstances that are better in your invented world than they are in the real world.” Answer here.

Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College.

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