Quote Wednesday(Late but still able to help get you past the hump)

If you do not have an alert and curious interest in character and dramatic situation, if you have no visual imagination and are unable to distinguish between honest emotional reactions and sentimental approaches to life, you will never write a competent short story.~Edward J. O’Brien

The reader has certain rights. He bought your story. Think of this as an implicit contract. He’s entitled to be entertained, instructed, amused; maybe all three. If he quits in the middle, or puts the book down feeling his time has been wasted, you’re in violation.~Larry Niven

One hasn’t become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating.~Niyi Osundare

…the vital point to remember is that the swine who just sent your pearl of a story back with nothing but a coffee-stain and a printed rejection slip can be wrong. You cannot take it for granted that he is wrong, but you have an all-important margin of hope that might be enough to keep you going.~Brian Stableford

A short story…can be held in the mind all in one piece. It’s less like a building than a fiendish device. Every bit of it must be cunningly made and crafted to fit together perfectly and without waste so it can perform its task with absolute precision. That purpose might be to move the reader to tears or wonder, to awaken the conscience, to console, to gladden, or to enlighten. But each short story has one chief purpose, and every sentence, phrase, and word is crafted to achieve that end. The ideal short story is like a knife–strongly made, well balanced, and with an absolute minimum of moving parts.~Michael Swanwick

The framework of the artist’s ideas is clearly only that which he is forever seeking for universality, and must be far wider than the framework of the ideals of the patriot.~Sean O’Faolain

When you send off a short story, it sits on the editor’s desk in the same pile with stories by the most famous and honored names in present-day writing–and it’s not going to be accepted unless it’s as good as theirs. (And it’ll probably have to be better.)~Daniel Quinn

We live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most people to cope with these twin specters.~Susan Sontag

If you go too far in fantasy and break the string of logic, and become nonsensical, someone will surely remind you of your dereliction….Pound for pound, fantasy makes a tougher opponent for the creative person.~Richard Matheson

Like everyone else, I am going to die. But the words–the words live on for as long as there are readers to see them, audiences to hear them. It is immortality by proxy. It is not really a bad deal, all things considered.~J. Michael Straczynski

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