“For me, where genre ends and literature begins doesn’t matter. What matters is whether a given novel hits me with high impact. If it does, it probably is fulfilling the purpose of fiction. It has drawn me into a story world, held me captive, taken me on a journey with characters like none I’ve ever met, revealed truths I’ve somehow always known and insights that rock my brain. It’s filled me with awe, which is to say it’s made me see the familiar in a wholly new way and made the unfamiliar a foundational part of me. It both entertains and matters. It both captures our age and becomes timelessly great. It does all that with the sturdy tools of story and the flair of narrative art.”


Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling
Read more quotes from Donald Maass


Share this quote:
Share twitter circle

Friends Who Liked This Quote


To see what your friends thought of this quote, please sign up!


This Quote Is From

Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling by Donald Maass
704 ratings, average rating, 124 reviews
Open Preview

Browse By Tag