Novel Writing Quotes

Quotes tagged as "novel-writing" (showing 1-30 of 180)
Roman Payne
“Who is better off? The one who writes to revel in the voluptuousness of the life that surrounds them? Or the one who writes to escape the tediousness of that which awaits them outside? Whose flame will last longer?”
Roman Payne

Roman Payne
“Rich will be my life if I
can keep my memories full
and brimming, and record
them on clear-eyed
mornings while I set
joyously to work setting
pen to holy craft.”
Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

Linda W. Yezak
“Action is the pulse of any good story, but the character is the heart. If the action has no consequence to the character, the story loses heart.”
Linda W. Yezak

Graham Greene
“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. It is not only that his characters have developed--he has developed with them, and this nearly always gives a sense of roughness to the work: a novel can seldom have the sense of perfection which you find in Chekhov's story, The Lady with the Dog.
Graham Greene

Amit Kalantri
“All worries are less with wine.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Be a worthy worker and work will come.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Father has a strengthening character like the sun and mother has a soothing temper like the moon.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Health is hearty, health is harmony, health is happiness.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Great losses are great lessons.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“If the farmer is rich, then so is the nation.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Fail soon so that you can succeed sooner.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“An aspiring writer should write one time and edit ten times.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Today it is cheaper to start a business than tomorrow.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“In your name, the family name is at last because it's the family name that lasts.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Networking isn't how many people you know, it's how many people know you.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“To a farmer dirt is not a waste, it is wealth.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“A farmer is a magician who produces money from the mud.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“An entrepreneur with strong network makes money even when he is asleep.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Bryant A. Loney
“You do not need to be temperamental or upset to be a novelist. Don’t embrace the tortured artist rhetoric that any life difficulties might serve to benefit and enhance your writing. That’s damaging. Counterintuitive. Writing can be so incredibly lonely, and when you’re alone with your thoughts for long enough to produce a hundred thousand words of your own headspace, it can be scary. Suffering is not good for your art. Mental health care is. So talk to someone other than your future readers about the problems you are facing. Someone you know and trust. There is no shame in asking for help.”
Bryant A. Loney

Lisa Kleypas
“You've told a good story in a skillful manner. I like it that you haven't moralized about your heroine's mistakes. You've made it difficult for the reader not to sympathize with her."
"I sympathize with her," Amanda said frankly. "I've always thought it would be the worst kind of horror to be trapped in a loveless marriage. So many women are forced to marry because of pure economics. If more women were able to support themselves, there would be fewer reluctant brides and unhappy wives."
"Why, Miss Briars," he said softly. "How unconventional of you."
She countered his amusement with a perplexed frown. "It's only sensible, really."
He realized suddenly that this was the key to understanding her. Amanda was so doggedly practical that she was willing to discard the hypocrisies and stale social attitudes that most people accepted without thinking. Why, indeed, should a woman marry just because it was the expected thing to do, if she were able to choose otherwise?
"Perhaps most women think it is easier to marry than support themselves," he said, deliberately provoking her.
"Easier?" she snorted. "I've never seen a shred of evidence that spending the rest of one's days in domestic drudgery is any easier than working at some trade. What women need is more education, more choices, and then they will be able to consider options for themselves other than marriage.”
Lisa Kleypas, Suddenly You

Álvaro Enrigue
“Una novela no es buena ni por su contenido ni por como lo cuenta -dos supersticiones-, sino porque su alquimia resultó permanente sin que el autor lo mereciera. No se explica, no tiene fórmula, es pura voluntad de existencia, pulsión de vida”
Álvaro Enrigue

Todd Crawshaw
“As a general rule, I surmise that most fictional stories are populated by misfits, changelings, and oddities, which is what makes the writing interesting and considered novel.”
Todd Crawshaw, Light-Years in the Dark: Storypoems

Lisa Kleypas
“Did you like my novel?" she couldn't resist asking.
"Yes, I did. At first I thought it would be typical silver-fork fare. But I liked the way your well-bred characters began to unravel. I liked the portrayal of decent people moved to deception, violence, betrayal... you don't seem to shrink from anything in your writing."
"Critics say my work is lacking in decency."
"That's because your underlying theme- that ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things in their private lives- makes them uncomfortable.”
Lisa Kleypas, Suddenly You

Donna Goddard
“Writing a novel is like a two-year love affair. The novel has a formation period ranging from instantaneous falling-in-love to decades. It then generally takes a year or two to write, during which it is consuming, riveting, and eventful. Once done, there is a recovery period. No other story can enter; one must use the hole left behind as a time of settling and reformation. When ready, we can move on, although, the essence of the experience will remain with us forever.”
Donna Goddard

César Aira
“Las dos categorías mentales básicas son el espacio y el tiempo. El espacio es la categoría feliz: uno vive, camina, respira, ama, come en el espacio; el tiempo, en cambio, es la categoría triste porque es donde envejecemos, morimos. Y creo que hay una literatura -la vieja novela, por ejemplo- que creaba esos grandes escenarios donde uno se podía evadir. Ahora ha sido reemplazada por una literatura del tiempo, más triste. Todo es autoficción, que es contar vidas...”
César Aira

E.M. Forster
“And that is why novels, even when they are about wicked people, can solace us: they suggest a more comprehensible and thus more manageable human race, they give us the illusion of perspicacity and of power.”
E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel

Cee Elle Reid
“It's not just a novel idea, it's a novel.”
Cee Elle Reid

P.C. Clotter
“Put aside all the things they deem "wrong" and simply write. Conscious writing comes from within, so at the end of the day, its your "word" not theirs.”
P.C. Clotter

Diana Gabaldon
“I had come to the conclusion - based on experience - that the only real way of learning to write a novel was probably to write a novel.”
Diana Gabaldon, The Outlandish Companion: Companion to Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn

Alexander Chee
“That afternoon, I tried to understand if I had made a choice about what to write. But instead it seemed to me if anyone had made a choice, the novel had, choosing me like I was a door and walking through me out into the world.”
Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

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