Quote Wednesday (Quotes to get you past the hump.)

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.– E. L. Doctorow

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.– Somerset Maugham

Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing.– F. Scott Fitzgerald

The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.– Ursula K. Le Guin

You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed.– Larry Niven

Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.– Anne McCaffrey

At first, I see pictures of a story in my mind. Then creating the story comes from asking questions of myself. I guess you might call it the ‘what if—what then’ approach to writing and illustration.—Chris Van Allsburg

One of my standard — and fairly true — responses to the question as to how story ideas come to me is that story ideas only come to me for short stories. With longer fiction, it is a character (or characters) coming to visit, and I am then obliged to collaborate with him/her/it/them in creating the story.-Roger Zelazny

It is my contention that a really great novel is made with a knife and not a pen. A novelist must have the intestinal fortitude to cut out even the most brilliant passage so long as it doesn’t advance the story.- Frank Yerby

Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating. “Imaginative literature,” therefore, is either boring or immoral or a mixture of both.- Simone Weil

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