13 Quotes & Sayings By Theodora Goss

Theodora Goss is an artist, writer, and founder of Theodora Goss Design. Her work has been featured in publications including American Craft, Lucky, and Elle Décor. She has published several collections of magazine-style coloring books for adults, including The Color Collection of the Artiste, The Color Collection of the Extraordinary Woman, and The Color Collection of the Mystique. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Dave Goss, who is also a painter.

Write all the time. I believe in writing every day, at least a thousand words a day. We have a strange idea about writing: that it can be done, and done well, without a great deal of effort. Dancers practice every day, musicians practice every day, even when they are at the peak of their careers — especially then. Somehow, we don’t take writing as seriously. But writing — writing wonderfully — takes just as much dedication. Theodora Goss
If you’re a writer, your first duty, a duty you...
If you’re a writer, your first duty, a duty you owe to yourself and your readers, and to your writing itself, is to become wonderful. To become the best writer you can possibly be. Theodora Goss
Accept criticism. If you do not offer your work for...
Accept criticism. If you do not offer your work for criticism and accept that criticism, meaning give it serious thought and attention, then you will never improve. Theodora Goss
Read a lot. But read as a writer, to see how other writers are doing it. And make your knowledge of literature in English as deep and broad as you can. In workshops, writers are often told to read what is being written now, but if that is all you read, you are limiting yourself. You need to get a good overall sense of English literary history, so you can write out of that knowledge. Theodora Goss
I think part of my purpose in this life is...
I think part of my purpose in this life is to talk about magic, and to make it. Theodora Goss
Ah, well, when you explain it like that, it seems...
Ah, well, when you explain it like that, it seems obvious, " said Mudge. "Of course, it always seems obvious once it's been explained. Theodora Goss
Learn as much as you can. Take every opportunity to learn about writing, whether it’s through classes, workshops, whatever is available to you. This may be difficult, because things like classes, workshops, writing programs, require time and money. But I say this honestly and somewhat harshly — if you’re not willing to prioritize your writing, perhaps you should do something else? Theodora Goss
What could women accomplish if they did not have to continually mind their skirts, keep them from dragging in the mud or getting trampled on the steps of an omnibus? If they had pockets! With pockets, women could conquer the world! Theodora Goss
Fairy tales are another kind of Bible, for those who know how to read them. Theodora Goss
I think that thinking of our material universe, the one we perceive with our sense, as the only thing is not only foolish, it is arrogant. As well as, if I may add, in contradiction to theoretical physics. I believe – I have always believed – that there is meaning and purpose to life, although we may not understand that meaning and purpose. I think we catch glimpses of it here and there, and I honestly think that the universe communicates it to us, if we can listen for it – if our perceptions are finely enough tuned. All my life, I’ve had a strong sense of purpose, of being here for a reason that I might not at that moment understand, but that something, somewhere, understood. The times I’ve been unhappy in my life are when I’ve gone off the path, when I’ve realized that I made a choice taking me away from the way I was supposed to go. I remember what it was like to go to law school and to feel, so deeply that it went to my core, as though I was in the wrong place, as though I had stepped off the path. The path itself feels narrow and rocky, sometimes. Sometimes it feels as though I’m walking along a gulley, or a high cliff with winds. But it feels like a path, as though I’m going somewhere. I don’t know how to talk about this except by saying that we have instincts, and our instincts tell us these things, and we have to trust them. Theodora Goss
The only thing worth thinking about, when I write a story, is whether I like it, whether I want to write it, whether it excites me. Theodora Goss
I will tell you, too, that every fairy tale has a moral. The moral of my story may be that love is a constraint, as strong as any belt. And this is certainly true, which makes it a good moral. Or it may be that we are all constrained in some way, either in our bodies, or in our hearts or minds, an Empress as well as the woman who does her laundry.. Perhaps it is that a shoemaker's daughter can bear restraint less easily than an aristocrat, that what he can bear for three years she can endure only for three days.. Or perhaps my moral is that our desire for freedom is stronger than love or pity. That is a wicked moral, or so the Church has taught us. But I do not know which moral is the correct one. And that is also the way of a fairy tale. Theodora Goss