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Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to turn into people on the page…QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Where Stephen King gets his ideas QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

So where do the ideas—the salable ideas—come from? They come from my nightmares. Not the night-time variety, as a rule, but the ones that hide just beyond the doorway that … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

How writers should be treated by Robert A. Heinlen QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

  There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation … Continue reading

December 11, 2016 · 5 Comments

“A blank page is also a door…” David Mitchell QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

A blank page is also a door — it contains infinity, like a night sky with a supermoon really close to the Earth, with all the stars and the galaxies, … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

“Every fictional plot contains hints and traces of the stories it has excluded…” Susan Sontag QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Every fictional plot contains hints and traces of the stories it has excluded or resisted in order to assume its present shape. Alternatives to the plot ought to be felt … Continue reading

October 2, 2016 · 4 Comments

“…a writer has the duty to be good, not lousy…” E.B. White QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

A writer should concern himself with whatever absorbs his fancy, stirs his heart, and unlimbers his typewriter. I feel no obligation to deal with politics. I do feel a responsibility … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

“I don’t think writer’s block actually exists…” Philipp Meyer QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I don’t think “writer’s block” actually exists. It’s basically insecurity — it’s your own internal critic turned up to a higher level than it’s supposed to be at that moment, … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

“…writers who believe one word is as good as another…” Gore Vidal QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

For every Scott Fitzgerald concerned with the precise word and the selection of relevant incident, there are a hundred American writers, many well-regarded, who appear to believe that one word … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Why Kate Atkinson isn’t a postmodern writer…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

The legacy of the fairy story in my brain is that everything will work out. In fiction it would be very hard for me, as a writer, to give a … Continue reading

August 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mark Billingham on stepping back from writing…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Crime fiction is all about solving a series of problems and finding a way of getting through or round or over the walls you keep running into. So sometimes I … Continue reading

August 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fiction sets the record straight…David Baldacci QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Fiction is sort of a way to set the record straight, and let people at least believe that justice can be achieved and the right outcomes can occur. David Baldacci

August 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

ART QUOTES: What is an Artist?

Originally posted on THE REMODERN REVIEW:
Romare Bearden “Dream of Exile” If you’re any kind of artist, you make a miraculous journey, and you come back and make some statements…

June 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

The writer’s style – Robert Frost: Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Style is that which indicates how the writer takes himself and what he is saying. It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward. Robert Frost

May 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

International humour competition

In honour of the man beloved by quotation compilers, Mark Twain House and Musuem are running the third annual writing competition. You don’t have to write in the style of … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · 19 Comments