“I would say to the worn and hectored mothers in the class who longed to write and could not find a minute for it: ‘If you would shut your door against the children for an hour a day and say: “Mother is working on her five-act tragedy in blank verse!” you would be surprised how they would respect you. They would probably all become playwrights.'”
Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write (1938; rpt. Graywolf Press, 1987), 100.