Writing Quote Friday and a New Word

Today’s writing quote comes from Octavia Butler…

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.

And today’s new word comes courtesy of my seven-year-old son trying to describe how his foot felt when it fell asleep.

Stitchaly (pronounced Stitch-a-lee)

Does your family have any fun words? Please share!


10 thoughts on “Writing Quote Friday and a New Word

    • Paulina,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the quote. Stop by here again on Fridays and you’ll find more quotes about writing. I’ve found it very inspirational to read the worries/concerns/great observations about writing that come from famous authors.

      Thanks for visiting,


  1. Christi: My “take” on this great quote:

    The more you persist, the more you write. The more you write, the easier it gets to spot the crap. The easier it gets to spot the crap, the more you grow. The more you grow the longer you persist.

    If you keep circulating that word, it might catch on 🙂

    • Florence,

      I think he created it based on the fact that he sees me sewing sometimes, and knows that everytime I poke the needle into the fabric it’s called a “stitch”, so then he just added the “aly” for effect. Perhaps a future adjective laden writer is in our midst 🙂


    • Talynn,

      I LOVE the word “sparkles” as a description for that feeling. Perfectly described!

      Thanks for visiting,


  2. I had two kids who came up with some pretty cute stuff. One because she didn’t know how to pronounce what she read. Tchaikovsky became “Tishie-vocky” and khaki pants became “cockeye pants.” It was so cute. My oldest son used esses at the end of some words instead of ‘Fs’, hence when he was told his grandpa was golfing he told everyone his grandpa was “goosin oss.’ (goofing off)

    Thanks for sharing the new word. It brought back good memories.
    Tori McRae

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