Good Writing Quotes

Quotes tagged as "good-writing" (showing 1-30 of 39)
Stephen King
“Bad writing is more than a matter of shit syntax and faulty observation; bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do― to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Cassandra Clare
“When Jace opened the greenhouse door, the scent hit Clary, soft as the padded blow of a cat's paw...”
Cassandra Clare

Rosemary Clement-Moore
“Good writing is good writing. In many ways, it’s the audience and their expectations that define a genre. A reader of literary fiction expects the writing to illuminate the human condition, some aspect of our world and our role in it. A reader of genre fiction likes that, too, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of the story.”
Rosemary Clement-Moore

Richard Castle
“He wrote as if he were the reader. It was also how he kept his writing from becoming too cute, which is to say, about him not the subject. Rook was a journalist but strove to be a storyteller, one who let his subjects speak for themselves and stayed out of their way as much as possible.”
Richard Castle, Naked Heat

Leigh Bardugo
“Few knew that she was broken. Whatever power had blessed her, divine or otherwise, was gone-or at least out of reach. Her followers were kept at a distance so they could not see that her eyes were dark hollows, that her breath came in frightened gasps. She walked slowly, tentatively, her driftwood bones fragile in her body, this sickly girl upon whom all their hopes rested.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

E.L. Doctorow
“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader--not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”
E.L. Doctorow

“She smiled. "How...cute." She chose the word rather like a candy, which she bit.”
Matthew Skelton, Endymion Spring

Criss Jami
“The best of fiction, as we know, of course, doesn't tell the truth; it tales the truth.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Ernest Hemingway
“Good writing is true writing. If a man is making a story up it will be true in proportion to the amount of knowledge of life that he has and how conscientious he is; so that when he makes something up it is as it would truly be.”
Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway on Writing

Leigh Bardugo
“And feast on the dead, I thought with a shudder. As if he could read my thoughts, he pressed a hand to my shoulder. His fingers were long and white, splaying over my arm like a waxen spider. If the gesture was meant to comfort me, it failed.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Henry Beston
“I am glad that the country world…retains a power to use our English tongue. It is a part of its sense of reality, of its vocabulary of definite terms, and of its habit of earthly common sense. I find this country writing an excellent corrective of the urban vocabulary of abstractions and of the emotion disguised as thinking which abstractions and humbug have loosed upon the world. May there always be such things as a door, a milk pail, and a loaf of bread, and words to do them honor.”
Henry Beston

Soman Chainani
“This time Sophie felt very different in Rafal's arms as he flew over the bay. Instead of safe, she felt scared; instead of loved, she felt caged.”
Soman Chainani, The School for Good and Evil

Charles Dickens
“Show Pleasant Riderhood a Wedding in the street, and she only saw two people taking out a regular license to quarrel and fight. Show her a Christening, and she saw a little heathen personage having a quite superfluous name bestowed upon it, inasmuch as it would be commonly addressed by some abusive epithet; which little personage was not in the least wanted by anybody, and would be shoved and banged out of everybody's way, until it should grow big enough to shove and bang. Show her a Funeral, and she saw an unremunerative ceremony in the nature of a black masquerade, conferring a temporary gentility on the performers, at an immense expense, and representing the only formal party ever given by the deceased. Show her a live father, and she saw but a duplicate of her own father, who from her infancy had been taken with fits and starts of discharging his duty to her, which duty was always incorporated in the form of a fist or a leathern strap, and being discharged hurt her. All things considered, therefore, Pleasant Riderhood was not so very, very bad.”
Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

Dorothy L. Sayers
“…After all, it isn't really difficult to write books. Especially if you either write a rotten story in good English or a good story in rotten English, which is as far as most people seem to get nowadays.”
Dorothy L. Sayers, Unnatural Death

Charles Dickens
“...Mr. Wegg sits down on a box in front of the fire, and inhales a warm and comfortable smell which is not the smell of the shop. 'For that,' Mr. Wegg inwardly decides, as he takes a corrective sniff or two, 'is musty, leathery, feathery, cellary, gluey, gummy, and,' with another sniff, 'as it might be, strong of old pairs of bellows.”
Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

Barbara Kingsolver
“Her name, he says like the Lord's taken in vain. Sometimes he says "Mexico," and the word has nothing in it at all. A wall with no colors painted on it.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna

Barbara Kingsolver
“The jacaranda in the courtyard has put on its bloom. This purple can't be ignored, it's like a tree singing. The walk down Londres Street to the market is a concert: the small jacaranda on the the corner hums the tuning note, then all others in the lane join in.”
barbara kingsolver, The Lacuna

Michelle Tea
“She was magnificent. She wasn't so much a person as an event, a gigantic presence.”
Michelle Tea, Valencia

“... a slipstream of darkness so complete it helps illuminate the evening sky. It's like somebody dropped a dome over the ocean & lit it up with Christmas lights. ...Sans moon, Norfolk is wrapped in a mantle of pure, unadulterated blackness, leaving the stars to twinkle in harmony above. It thoroughly disorientates me.”
Tim Latham, Norfolk: Island of Secrets

Donna Goddard
“Good fiction writers have an instinctive understanding of human nature. That's what makes stories and characters captivating. Good spiritual writers share what they sincerely practice themselves.”
Donna Goddard

“.. they look like they've escaped from a nursing home. Everywhere I turn I see puffy skin & radiant expressions, crinkles & pearls, broad smiles & high hair... Collectively they all lean forward, like bamboo in the wind. Their postures may be cruelled by age but their excitement is adolescent. Cackling & wheezing with laughter the elderly hordes squeeze into the waiting vans & shuffle about...”
Tim Latham, Norfolk: Island of Secrets

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
“If you can't understand a study, the problem is with the study, not with you.”
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are

“What I expect from a good story is that it will tell me today what I can't know from any other source but that story, from its unique way of putting something into words, from the feeling that it implies.”
Elena Ferrante, La frantumaglia

Page Morgan
“It's not always so easy," she said softly.
"Why not? It's a part of who you are, isn't it?" he asked with all the sympathy of an asp being prodded with a stick.”
Page Morgan, The Lovely and the Lost

“The very best writing will invite you in so completely you will become unaware that you are reading it.”
Mel Hinds, My First Mentor

Michelle Tea
“No, I was not going to work. I was an artist, a lover, a lover of women, of the oppressed and downtrodden, a warrior really. I should have been somewhere leading an armed revolution in the name of love and no, I was not going to work.”
Michelle Tea, Valencia

“Don't write 40k if the same story can be told in 10k words.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Inside The Mind of an Introvert

“What makes a good book? An author who knows how to leave out all the unnecessary bulk and delivers a lean story where not a single word is fluff.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Inside The Mind of an Introvert

Marcel Theroux
“The love in a marriage turns like the lamp in a lighthouse, leaving you in darkness for long stretches, but it always comes back. I believe that but I can't tell whether it is a thought or a quotation.”
Marcel Theroux

Daniel José Older
“The sky grows dark over the city as Janey tells me her story. Teh beast was supposed to help their community. Something that would look good in a brochure, I suppose. But instead, it cut loose, took out in to the Williamsburg night. Janey and the kids went after it , and when they finally caught up what does it do? The thing ate a hipster.”
Daniel José Older, Salsa Nocturna: Stories

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