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    I don't have as tight a time limit anymore but I still write in long marathon sessions and then I won't write for a while, I'm not a write-every-day writer.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: time  write 
     
    I love that very traditional fairy tale where it's not all 'happily ever after.' I like all that old school, bloody, 'Brothers Grimm' sort of stuff. So you have all those shades of gray in there.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: school 
     
    When I was growing up, if there was a Young Adult section of my town's library, I missed it. I wandered right from 'The Babysitter's Club' over to Stephen King. His books were big and fat and they seemed important. I eventually worked my way through most of the shelf, but 'It' is the one that stuck with me.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: young  adult  right  book  library 
     
    I liked the idea of having actual magic performed as stage magic, so you could assume that it was just a trick, that something is all smoke and mirrors, but there's that, like, feeling at the back of your mind: What if it's not?
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: magic  ideas  smoke 
     
    I'm actually not a huge circus fan in the traditional sense, but I like a lot of the circus trappings of striped tents and caramel. I lean more towards Cirque du Soleil than Barnum and Bailey.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    I draft quickly and then revise, a lot.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    Plot is not my forte. It's like I have to live in my head in the book for a while before I figure out what the story is... My process is a bit messier.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: live  process  stories  book 
     
    Writing in a near frenzy is wonderful and freeing, but for me, it did not result in a nice, shiny novel. Instead, what I have is a mess.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: novel  writing 
     
    I go back and forth between input phases where I'm reading a lot or trying to get out and explore the world a bit and soak up inspirations and then I'll get back into output mode and write and write and write.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: world  reading  write 
     
    I'm working on something that's not yet novel-shaped but is something of a film-noir-flavored 'Alice in Wonderland.' It will also very likely be a single volume story and not the start of a series.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: stories 
     
    If I had a story idea that I felt would work best in three volumes I might write a trilogy eventually. I'd very likely write it all at once, though, so I could work on it as a whole and not broken into individual volumes. I don't always write in order, so composing multi-book stories could get complicated.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: work  broken  stories  write  ideas 
     
    I feel 'The Night Circus' has a complete story arc in one book. I like it as a single volume. It feels complete to me, and I wouldn't want to stretch it out into something it's not.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: night  stories  book 
     
    Only the ship is made of books, its sails thousands of overlapping pages, and the sea it floats upon is dark black ink.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: dark  book  black 
     
    I think looking forward will be better than looking back.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep going on, they overlap and blur, your story is part of your sister's story is part of many other stories, and there is no telling where any of them may lead.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: stories 
     
    You don't have to be a chef or even a particularly good cook to experience proper kitchen alchemy: the moment when ingredients combine to form something more delectable than the sum of their parts.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: experience  moment 
     
    Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: future 
     
    It is likely to make us think we are not caged. We cannot feel the bars unless we push against them.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    This is not magic. This is the way the world is, only very few people take the time to stop and note it.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: time  people  world  magic 
     
    I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: dreaming  thinking 
     
    You believe you could not live with the pain. Such pain is not lived with. It is only endured. I am sorry.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: pain  live  believe  sorry 
     
    Secrets have power. And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them. Writing them down is worse, because who can tell how many eyes might see them inscribed on paper, no matter how careful you might be with it. So it's really best to keep your secrets when you have them, for their own good, as well as yours.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: secret  people  power  eyes  sharing  real  writing 
     
    I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: fear  control 
     
    People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: people  wishes 
     
    The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: pleasure 
     
    Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: experience  worth 
     
    Memories begin to creep forward from hidden corners of your mind. Passing disappointments. Lost chances and lost causes. Heartbreaks and pain and desolate, horrible loneliness. Sorrows you thought long forgotten mingle with still-fresh wounds.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    The sensation reminds him of the first snow of winter, for those first few hours when everything is blanketed in white, soft and quiet.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: winter 
     
    The rain increases and umbrellas sprout like mushrooms amongst the graves.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: rain 
     
    The funeral is a quiet one, despite the number of mourners present. There are no sobs or flailing handkerchiefs. There is a smattering of color amongst the sea of traditional black. Even the light rain cannot push it down into the realms of despair. It rests instead in a space of thoughtful melancholy.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: present  despair  space  rain  black 
     
    Celia laughs and a curl of her hair falls across her cheek. Marco tentatively moves to brush it off her face, but before his fingers reach her, she pushes herself off the ledge, her silver gown a billowing cloud as she falls onto the pile of jewel-toned cushions.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    That man has no shadow.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: men 
     
    If I have not been completely honest with you, it is only because I know a great deal of things that you do not want to know. I am going to ask that you trust me when I tell you I am trying to make things better. It is an extremely delicate balance and there are a great many factors involved. The best we can do right now is take everything as it comes, and not to worry ourselves over things that have happened, or things that are to come.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: trust  right  worries  balance 
     
    And before he can tell her to tell Widget goodbye for him if need be, she leans forward and kisses him, not on the cheek, as she has a handful of times before, but on the lips, and Bailey knows in that moment that he will follow her anywhere.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: time  moment  goodbye  kiss 
     
    I have absurdly vivid dreams.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: dreams 
     
    I paint very messy. I throw paint around. So when I let myself do the same sort of thing with my writing, and I would just write and write and write and revise, that's when I found my rhythm in writing.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: writing  write 
     
    The boy spends most of his time reading. And writing, of course. He copies out sections of books, writes out words and symbols he does not understand at first but that become intimately familiar beneath his ink-stained fingers, formed again and again in increasingly steady lines.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: time  boys  writing  reading  book  write 
     
    Scent is often underestimated, when it can be the most evocative.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    If she were gone I would be nothing. You should think better of yourself than to settle for that.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: gone 
     
    Wine is bottled poetry, he thinks.
    — Erin Morgenstern
    tags: poetry 
     
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