Quotes on Writing

1. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. – C.S. Lewis

2. Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize. Henry James

 3.Make him [the reader] think the evil, make him think it for himself, and you are released from weak specifications. -Henry James

4.The story…must be a conflict, and specifically, a conflict between the forces of good and evil within a single person.
 -Maxwell Anderson
5. If you look at anything long enough, say just that wall in front of you — it will come out of that wall. -Anton Chekhov

6. Brevity is the sister of talent- Anton Chekhov

7. Easy reading is damn hard writing- Nathanial Hawthorne

8. Before I write down one word, I have to have the character in my mind through and through. I must penetrate into the last wrinkle of his soul. – Henrik Ibsen

9. Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. – Mark Twain

10. Don’t say the old lady screamed — bring her on and let her scream. – Mark Twain

11. It is worth mentioning, for future reference, that the creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily. Doubts creep in. Then one becomes resigned. Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything.- Virginia Woolf

12. Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.- Virginia Woolf

13. I delight in what I fear- Shirley Jackson

14.You start at the end, and then go back and write and go that way. Not everyone does, but I do. Some people just sit down at the page and start off. I start from what happened, including the why. – Anne Perry

15. I am little concerned with beauty or perfection. I don’t care for the great centuries. All I care about is life, struggle, intensity. -Emile Zola

16. One forges one’s style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines. -Emile Zola

17. Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough. -Gustave Flaubert

18. Everything which one invents is true, be sure of it. – Gustave Flaubert

19. The author in his book must be like God in his universe, everywhere present and nowhere visible. -Flaubert

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