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Why great novels are dangerous – Julian Barnes QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I think a great book—leaving aside other qualities such as narrative power, characterization, style, and so on—is a book that describes the world in a way that has not been … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · 4 Comments

Accept bad writing…Jennifer Egan QUOTES FOR WRITERS(and people who like quotes)

You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

…Writing is showbusiness for shy people…Lee Child QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I always wanted to be in the world of entertainment. I just love the idea of an audience being happy with what I am doing. Writing is showbusiness for shy … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · 7 Comments

How to deal with the problems of writing a novel – H.G. Wells QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn’t expecting it. H.G. Wells

December 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Salvador Dali’s precise definition of a cliche QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot. Salvador Dali

October 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Graham Greene on why short stories are perfect and novels aren’t – QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

With a novel, which takes perhaps years to write, the author is not the same man he was at the end of the book as he was at the beginning. … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

You have to follow what the book needs says E.A.Bucchianeri Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

…The Book is more important than your plans for it. You have to go with what works for The Book – if your ideas appear hollow or forced when they … Continue reading

December 20, 2015 · 6 Comments

Gabriel Garcia Marquez on what gave him permission to write…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

One night a friend lent me a book of short stories by Franz Kafka. I went back to the pension where I was staying and began to read ‘The Metamorphosis’. … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Why a novel is like a car…Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

It is perfectly legitimate to write novels which are essentially prose poems, but in the end, I think, a novel is like a car, and if you buy a car … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 7 Comments

Jack Kerouac on born writers…Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes_

Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again. Born writers of the future are amazed already at what they’re … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

This is the stuff of writing: George Elliot…Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

There is much pain that is quite noiseless; and vibrations that make human agonies are often a mere whisper in the roar of hurrying existence. There are glances of hatred … Continue reading

August 3, 2014 · 5 Comments

The best place to write – J.K.Rowling Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

It’s no secret that the best place to write, in my opinion, is in a café. You don’t have to make your own coffee, you don’t have to feel like … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dr Johnson on editing – quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

From The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell Miss Adams: “Do you think, Sir, you could make your Ramblers better?” Johnson: “Certainly I could.” Boswell: “I’ll lay a bet, … Continue reading

May 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Naked Writer — Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

“You are always naked when you start writing; you are always as if you had never written anything before; you are always a beginner. Shakespeare wrote without knowing he would … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · 2 Comments