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Matt De La Pena Quotes

You don't need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely - Love Quotes
I like me a little bit more when i'm with you - Love Quotes
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results - Albert Einstein Quotes
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work - Fail Quotes
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Growing up as a mixed-race kid myself, when you are in the middle of it and you’re young...you don’t think about it consciously. It’s your reality.  (Matt De La Pena Quotes) Being the first to go to college in my family was a great thing, but it was also a source of guilt. I felt like almost a sellout going to college.  (Matt De La Pena Quotes) Once I start writing, I am a huge reviser. To me writing is revising. I probably turn over every sentence that I write, to see if I have the rhythm right. That’s why my first drafts take a really long time.  (Matt De La Pena Quotes) When I was young, I grew up in a family of working-class people. Not just my parents, but my extended family, as well.  (Matt De La Pena Quotes) In all of my books, I really want to work with working-class people. My goal is to show the moments of grace and dignity in their lives.  (Matt De La Pena Quotes) The Color Purple really floored me. That book was just incredible because I loved the language. The biggest deal of that book was that I loved the poetry of broken English. Broken English and vernacular. It just floored me that you can actually capture the way people really talked. And I also really connected to the social class element.  (Matt De La Pena Quotes) Even though I was a reluctant reader in junior high and high school, I found myself writing poems in the back of class.  (Matt De La Pena Quotes) I’m ashamed to admit this, but I didn’t read a novel all the way through until after high school. Blasphemy, I know. I’m an author now. Books and words are my world.  (Matt De La Pena Quotes) A surprising number of teens I meet in rougher schools around the country find refuge in novels and creative writing. It’s not always the usual suspects either, the high achievers  (Matt De La Pena Quotes) A lot of people ask me, ‘Are you born a writer?’ And I don’t think it’s necessarily true. I just think what you either have or you don’t is this ability to see something that’s complex and worth talking about  (Matt De La Pena Quotes) I was really drawn to spoken-word style poetry. I loved the rhythms, and for some reason, I was just drawn to this poetry as a way of expressing my feelings, because I didn’t have any other outlet  (Matt De La Pena Quotes) When I’m following what a character does in a book I don’t have to think about my own life. Where I am. Why I’m here. My moms and my brother and my old man. I can just think about the character’s life and try and figure out what’s gonna happen. Plus when you’re in a group home you pretty much can’t go anywhere, right? But when you read books you almost feel like you’re out there in the world. Like you’re going on this adventure right with the main character. At least, that’s the way I do it. It’s actually not that bad. Even if it is mad nerdy  (Matt De La Pena Quotes)