November 1, 2018 is National Author’s Day.
What’s the first book you remember reading? The first book you couldn’t put down? How about the first book that made you cry? Or the one that taught you that life wasn’t always fair?
We all have a book like this in our lives. And we owe it all to our favorite authors. I say a national day of recognition is well deserved. And what better way to celebrate than to read and share the best quotes and funny memes about writing out there.
National Author’s Day originated with Nellie Verne Burt Mcpherson in 1928. As she was recovering in a hospital during WWI, she wrote a letter to her favorite author, Irving Bacheller. In response, Bacheller sent her an autographed copy of another story he recently penned. To show her appreciation, Mcpherson submitted the idea for National Author’s Day to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
First observed in 1949, November 1 became the official day to honor the authors we love and celebrate their life’s work.
The authors who write the books we love, teach us invaluable lessons about life beyond the four walls that surround us. Their words enrich our lives and prepare us to venture out into the world. They teach us how to make wise decisions and show us the consequences of not doing so. They remind us to go forth into the world with empathy, kindness, and an open mind.
Authors stir our emotions with the stories they weave. They can make our hearts sing or scare us in the deep reaches of our souls, and we are ever so grateful for it.
So how can you show your appreciation to your favorite storytellers? First, you can do the 2018 equivalent to writing a letter, and send a tweet or a funny meme to your favorite author. Let them know how their writing has positively impacted your life.
Some other suggestions include: re-reading your favorite book, or perhaps even purchasing one for someone special and share the love.
Incidentally, November 1 is also the start of National Novel Writing Month, maybe it’s time you started your own novel.
1. I hate the silent treatment.
“Writer’s Block: When your imaginary friends refuse to talk to you.” – Unknown
2. See also: concussion.
“Create: verb, The act of banging your head on the desk until something interesting pops out.” – Unknown
3. Art is pain.
“You know you’re a writer when…You’re about to pass out from pain and all you can think of is ‘at least I’ll be able to write about something like this realistically now’.” – Unknown
4. Surely they misunderstood…
“I think there must have been a misunderstanding.” Charles Shultz
5. Hey, at least they read it.
“You know you’re a writer when…even a rejection letter from a publishing house is cause for celebration.” – Unknown
6. All the feels…
“Being a writer.” – Unknown
7. The struggle is real folks.
“Writers. What are we doing? Outlining, editing, plotting, crying, doubting ourselves.” – Lenia Roth
8. All the time.
“I’m silently correcting your grammar.” Unknown
9. We can’t all be J.K. Rowling.
“I do this for the money, prestige and power. Said no writer ever.” – Unknown
10. Ummm…and online shopping.
“The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.” – Unknown
11. Going insane is a process.
“Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet. It’s enough to make you lose your mind day by day.” – Richard Price
12. Doing the dishes inspires me.
“You know you’re a writer when…you have all the best ideas for writing when you’re doing something else.” – Unknown
13. I haven’t checked Facebook in two minutes.
“Being a good writer is three percent hard work and ninety-seven percent not getting distracted by the internet.” – Unknown
14. I’ll get it done someday.
“The list of books that I’ve actually finished writing.” – Unknown
15. Look away.
“‘Writing: A profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while telling it.” – Unknown
16. Three down, one more to go.
“I would start writing but I haven’t finished my four hours of daily procrastination yet.” – Unknown
17. As she gently put the cauliflower into the shopping cart.
“You know you’re a writer when…you narrate the day’s events in your head, describing yourself in the third person.” – Unknown
18. Nothing felonious to see here.
“Why I write: because kidnapping people and forcing them to act out your interesting make-believe worlds is technically illegal.” – Unknown
19. For tens of people to read.
“Never wrong a writer. They get their revenge in print.” – Unknown.
20. Well, thank goodness for that.
“The beautiful part about writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.” – Robert Cormier
21. Keep testing me.
“I’m a writer anything you say or do may be used in a story.” – Unknown
22. I can’t even.
” How do you irritate a writer? The list is to long too fit hear.” – Unknown
23. It’s just a coincidence, officer.
“Writing problems #18. Your browser history would not look good were it checked during a criminal investigation.” – Unknown
24. Look what I can do.
“Writer: a peculiar organism capable of turning caffeine into books.” – Unknown
25. Not gonna happen my friends.
“Waiting for inspiration to write is like standing at the airport waiting for a train.” Unknown