Novel Writing Quotes

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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

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

Amit Kalantri
“Politeness is the first thing people lose once they get the power.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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

Amit Kalantri
“Take care of your costume and your confidence will take care of itself.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“The job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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

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

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 Yezak

Amit Kalantri
“Music shouldn't be just a tune, it should be a touch.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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
“Father has a strengthening character like the sun and mother has a soothing temper like the moon.”
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
“War is not just the shower of bullets and bombs from both sides, it is also the shower of blood and bones on both sides.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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

Amit Kalantri
“If you can't impress them with your argument, impress them with your actions.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“The decision is your own voice, an opinion is the echo of someone else's voice.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Common man's patience will bring him more happiness than common man's power.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Mixing old wine with new wine is stupidity, but mixing old wisdom with new wisdom is maturity.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“If thinking should precede acting, then acting must succeed thinking.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Jeanine Cummins
“[Author's note:] When I decided to write this book, I worried that my privilege would make me blind to certain truths, that I would get things wrong, as I may well have. I worried that, as a non-immigrant and non-Mexican, I had no business writing a book set almost entirely in Mexico, set entirely among migrants. I wished someone slightly browner than me would write it. But then I thought, 'If you're a person who has the capacity to be a bridge, why not be a bridge?' So I began.

In the early days of my research, before I'd fully convinced myself that I should undertake the telling of this story, I was interviewing a very generous scholar, a remarkable woman who was chair of the Chicana and Chicano studies Department at San Diego State University. Her name is Norma Iglesias Prieto, and I mentioned my doubts to her. I told her I felt compelled, but unqualified, to write this book. She said, "Jeanine. We need as many voices as we can get, telling this story." Her encouragement sustained me for the next four years.

I was careful and deliberate in my research. I traveled extensively on both sides of the border and learned as much as I could about Mexico and migrants, about people living throughout the borderlands. The statistics in this book are all true, and though I changed some names, most of the places are real, too. But the characters, while representative of the folks I met during my travels, are fictional.”
Jeanine Cummins, American Dirt

Olga Werby
“Short stories are very different from novel-length works. From the structure point of view, there are fewer characters, no subplots, and a lot less description of the setting and the characters populating the story. A short story simply doesn’t have room for world building… obviously. You grab the story with the first few words and don’t let go or digress for a minute. There is no room for exposition… or pretty descriptions of fashion or cool explanations of scientific principles on which the story is based or commentary of how computer interfaces changed in the future. A novel has room to think, to orchestrate multiple melodies on a theme, whereas a short story is a driven commentary on a single cord.”
Olga Werby, Twin Time

Stewart Stafford
“The first line of a novel is the pinhead upon which the great structure will stand or fall.”
Stewart Stafford

Tahsinur Rahman Shihan
“No matter how long a novel or how long a story, one sentence can give those novel's or story's knowledge .”
Tahsinur Rahman Shihan

Anuradha Bhattacharyya
“Books cannot be written using imagination alone. Imagination is involved only is rearranging the sequence of events.”
Anuradha Bhattacharyya

Mercè Rodoreda
“«Escribir bien cuesta. Por escribir bien entiendo decir con la máxima simplicidad las cosas esenciales.»”
Mercè Rodoreda

Aspen Matis
“Yet as our North Bay strolls grew longer, sometimes wandering felt like pacing, adrift. I had no direction, only a romantic wish: to become a professional writer. But whatever terrain existed between my body and a body of work I might create seemed mysterious and vast, unknown. Most days, the sky was satin, markless blue. But below, fog hung like a suspended field of snow that never melted, the boundless dampness muting San Francisco’s lights. And the path to that summit of composing even one novel was invisible.”
Aspen Matis, Your Blue Is Not My Blue: A Missing Person Memoir

Adrienne Posey
“Sometimes it takes time for the chapter to churn.”
Adrienne Posey

Adrienne Posey
“Every chapter is an adventure.”
Adrienne Posey

Adrienne Posey
“Novelist by day; screenwriter by night.”
Adrienne Posey

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