Inspirational Quotes from Gail Carson Levine

Encourage children to write their own stories, and then don’t rain on their parade. Don’t say, ‘That’s not true.’ Applaud flights of fantasy. Help with spelling and grammar, but stand up and cheer the use of imagination.

Gail Carson Levine

Most of my job life has had to do with welfare, first helping people find work and then as an administrator. The earlier experience was more direct and satisfying, and I enjoy thinking that a bunch of people somewhere are doing better today than they might have done if not for me.

Gail Carson Levine

Sometimes the kids come up with better endings than the real story.

Gail Carson Levine

If a big person invests time in reading, kids learn reading is important, the child is important, words are important, stories are important.

Gail Carson Levine

I grew up in New York City. In elementary school, I was a charter member of the Scribble Scrabble Club, and in high school, my poems were published in an anthology of student poetry.

Gail Carson Levine

I didn’t want to be a writer. First I wanted to act, and then I wanted to be a painter like my big sister.

Gail Carson Levine

My interest in the theater led me to my first writing experience as an adult. My husband David wrote the music and lyrics and I wrote the book for a children’s musical, ‘Spacenapped’ that was produced by a neighborhood theater in Brooklyn.

Gail Carson Levine

I wrote as a kid, but I never wanted to be a writer, particularly. I had been drawing and painting for years and loved that.

Gail Carson Levine

I found that I was much more interested in writing and that I didn’t like the illustrating at all. I had always been the hardest on myself when I drew and painted. I am not hard on myself when I write. I like what I write, so it is a much happier process.

Gail Carson Levine

Contemporary fiction is the hardest for me because I am not really in the popular culture – I don’t watch TV.

Gail Carson Levine

I have a very vivid memory of the way my parents spoke, and the 50’s that I grew up in are closer to the 20’s, I think, than today in many, many ways.

Gail Carson Levine

I make mistakes on a very grand scale.

Gail Carson Levine

My good ideas are shy. But if they see that I treat the stupid ideas with respect, they come forward.

Gail Carson Levine

I loved fairy tales as a kid, so that’s where my mind gravitates.

Gail Carson Levine

‘EIla Enchanted’ began in a marvelous writing course at New York City’s The New School.

Gail Carson Levine

I had to write something and couldn’t think of a plot, so I decided to write a Cinderella story because it already had a plot! Then, when I thought about Cinderella’s character, I realized that she was too much of a goody-two-shoes for me, and I would hate her before I finished ten pages.

Gail Carson Levine

As a child, I loved fairy tales because the story, the what-comes-next, is paramount. As an adult, I’m fascinated by their logic and illogic.

Gail Carson Levine

It feels presumptuous to think of writing for adults.

Gail Carson Levine

Most of the authors I liked were dead, so it didn’t seem like a safe occupation.

Gail Carson Levine

I was excited to make my own ‘Neverland.’

Gail Carson Levine

Ideas sometimes come from nowhere, and sometimes they take lots of thinking.

Gail Carson Levine

Managing to tell a story is very gratifying.

Gail Carson Levine

Get to know your kids’ minds and how they think.

Gail Carson Levine