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I've been told by a few people at conferences I have a rather academic approach to the subject matter that makes it easy for people to ask questions. I think some genre writers feel the need to "sell" or defend what they do, and so when a door opens to discuss their genre, regardless of what that genre is, they tend to get almost pushy. I'm comfortable with what I write. It is part of who I am. I don't really need to sell it. But if I'm asked, I'll explain it.Julie Ann Dawson Writing By Authors Sayings By Julie Ann Dawson: I've been told by a few people at conferences I have a rather academic approach
She rose from her bed full of new resolutions. 'We must get out and about more,' she told her startled mother. 'We must try different things. We are getting groovy.' She drew up a list of events and activities: concerts, day trips, public meetings. She went in a fit through her address book, writing letters to old friends. She borrowed novels from the library by authors who had never interested her before. She began to teach herself Esperanto, reciting phrases as she polished and swept.Sarah Waters Writing By Authors Sayings By Sarah Waters: She rose from her bed full of new resolutions. 'We must get out and about
That is how we writers all started: by reading. We heard the voice of a book speaking to us.Margaret Atwood Writing By Authors Sayings By Margaret Atwood: That is how we writers all started: by reading. We heard the voice of a
some words
bring warmth
just by
being
next to each other.
Sanober Khan Writing By Authors Sayings By Sanober Khan: some words bring warmthjust bybeing next to each other.
This has been done by masters of the trade and Garcia had taken in every stock situation with amazing powers of retention, but he had not put things together right and had used extraordinary discernment in not adding one single touch of originality.Felipe Alfau Writing By Authors Sayings By Felipe Alfau: This has been done by masters of the trade and Garcia had taken in every
Writing is a conduit. It opens up a passageway into the past. Not just for the writer, but for the reader too. Both readers and writer are linked by the commonality of human experience.Lang Leav Writing By Authors Sayings By Lang Leav: Writing is a conduit. It opens up a passageway into the past. Not just for
Well, first you have to love writing. A lot of authors love having written. But I enjoy the actual writing. Beside that, I think the main reason I can be so prolific is the huge amount of planning I do before I start to write. I do a very complete, chapter-by-chapter outline of every book I write. When I sit down to write, I already know everything that's going to happen in the book. This means I've done all the important thinking, and I can relax and enjoy the writing. I could never write so many books if I didn't outline them first.R.L. Stine Writing By Authors Sayings By R.L. Stine: Well, first you have to love writing. A lot of authors love having written. But
Why readers should support indie authors
9/9/2015

Guest post on Maggie James Blog by Samuel Marquis

Readers should support authors of any stripe for only one reason: great writing


"So why should readers support indie and traditional legacy authors? For only one reason: good solid writing. Craftsmanship. Actual hard work, sacrifice, and talent coming together into an amalgam of significance.
Samuel Marquis Writing By Authors Sayings By Samuel Marquis: Why readers should support indie authors9/9/2015Guest post on Maggie James Blog by Samuel MarquisReaders should
Before publishers' blurbs were invented, authors had to make their reputations by writing.Laurence J. Peter Writing By Authors Sayings By Laurence J. Peter: Before publishers' blurbs were invented, authors had to make their reputations by writing.
Show me you care about our common tongue. Bring to your [writing] passion, deeply informed by knowledge of your subject. Stay me, not with apples and flagons, but with wit and grace, humor and intense caring about your discipline. Don't slack, don't give it a lick and a promise, don't make it evident that you posted what was 'good enough for government work,' don't try and fake it. Give it your best, your all, not for pence, but for the love of the craft.
Do these things, as these writers and scores I have not named do, bring to your work your self, your heart, your voice, motherly or youthful, lawyerly or priestly, conservative or liberal, it matters not. Do this and I and hundreds of others will return again and again to your work, not merely because we may have a burning need for a new printer or an abiding interest in college newspapers or what have you, but because we wish to spend time with your mind and voice.
Markham Shaw Pyle Writing By Authors Sayings By Markham Shaw Pyle: Show me you care about our common tongue. Bring to your [writing] passion, deeply informed
What a need we humans have for confession. To a priest, to a friend, to a psychoanalyst, to a relative, to an enemy, even to a torturer when there is no one else, it doesn't matter so long as we speak out what moves within us. Even the most secretive of us do it, if no more than writing in a private diary. And I have often thought as I read stories and novels and poems, especially poems, that they are no more than authors' confessions transformed by their art into something that confesses for us all. Indeed, looking back on my life-long passion for reading, the one activity that has kept me going and given me the most and only lasting pleasure, I think this is the reason that explains why it means so much to me. The books, the authors who matter the most are those who speak to me and speak for me all those things about life I most need to hear as the confession of myself.Aidan Chambers Writing By Authors Sayings By Aidan Chambers: What a need we humans have for confession. To a priest, to a friend, to
Sentences spoken by writers, unless they have been written out first, rarely say what writers wish to say. Writers are unlucky speakers, by and large, which accounts for their being in a profession which encourages them to stay at their desk for years, if necessary, pondering what to say next and how best to say it. Interviewers propose to speed up this process
by trepanning writers, so to speak, and fishing around in their brains for unused ideas which otherwise might never get out of there. Not a single idea has ever been discovered by means of this brutal method
and still the trepanning of authors goes on every day.
I now refuse all those who wish to take the top off my skull yet again. The only way to get anything out of a writer's brains is to leave him or her alone until he or she is damn well ready to write it down.
Kurt Vonnegut Writing By Authors Sayings By Kurt Vonnegut: Sentences spoken by writers, unless they have been written out first, rarely say what writers
The worst reviews, by my mind, are those from individuals who enjoy entertaining themselves by writing something bad about books they actually never read, which is as clear as day from what they're saying. It's even more puzzling for an author to check some of these "honest" reviewers' pages and see that they created their profile with one goal in mind; to post you a bad review, as there's nothing else they wanted to rate.Sahara Sanders Writing By Authors Sayings By Sahara Sanders: The worst reviews, by my mind, are those from individuals who enjoy entertaining themselves by
When a book leaves its author's desk it changes. Even before anyone has read it, before eyes other than its creator's have looked upon a single phrase, it is irretrievably altered. It has become a book that can be read, that no longer belongs to its maker. It has acquired, in a sense, free will. It will make its journey through the world and there is no longer anything the author can do about it. Even he, as he looks at its sentences, reads them differently now that they can be read by others. They look like different sentences. The book has gone out into the world and the world has remade it.Salman Rushdie Writing By Authors Sayings By Salman Rushdie: When a book leaves its author's desk it changes. Even before anyone has read it,
All authors go to heaven; we have paid our dues on earth by choosing to the hellish career of writingCarl Henegan Writing By Authors Sayings By Carl Henegan: All authors go to heaven; we have paid our dues on earth by choosing to
We write our personal story as intermittent authors; the narrator is always searching for a unitive point of view. We strive to perceive oneself from a unified perspective, but it is virtually impossible to do so. Human perception of the self is an illusion. We constantly sift through shifting memories. We experience the present under the fragrance cast by the past and under the illusionary aura of the future.Kilroy J. Oldster Writing By Authors Sayings By Kilroy J. Oldster: We write our personal story as intermittent authors; the narrator is always searching for a
Writing is a difficult trade which must be learned slowly by reading great authors; by trying at the outset to imitate them; by daring then to be original; by destroying one's first productions.Andre Maurois Writing By Authors Sayings By Andre Maurois: Writing is a difficult trade which must be learned slowly by reading great authors; by
A writer writes
regardless ...
even though ...
notwithstanding ...
despite ...
at any rate ...
anyhow ...
nevertheless ...
in the face of ...
undeterred by ...
heedless of ...
and because.
The true writer simply continues to write.
Richelle E. Goodrich Writing By Authors Sayings By Richelle E. Goodrich: A writer writesregardless ... even though ... notwithstanding ... despite ... at any rate ...
Fiction and non-fiction are only different techniques of story telling. For reasons I do not fully understand, fiction dances out of me. Non-fiction is wrenched out by the aching, broken world I wake up to every morning.Arundhati Roy Writing By Authors Sayings By Arundhati Roy: Fiction and non-fiction are only different techniques of story telling. For reasons I do not
Bernard of Clairvaux shared with Goethe and Balzac the art of charging narratives with his own charisma (and this is probably the only context in which those three names can be mentioned in one breath). On the surface self-representation was not the purpose of such narratives; they presented themselves as fiction or as commentaries on scripture. Let me suggest the word 'autography' to describe the process. 'Autography' is writing yourself into your own composition, not by describing yourself, but by infusing your own presence into it. The reader feels your presence, but sees someone or something else.C. Stephen Jaeger Writing By Authors Sayings By C. Stephen Jaeger: Bernard of Clairvaux shared with Goethe and Balzac the art of charging narratives with his
The way Smith sees it, this kind of approach denotes a certain category of writer: the Micro Manager. Authors fall into one of two primary camps, she explained in her 2009 book of essays, Changing My Mind.691 Macro Planners work out the structure of their novels and then write within that structure. Micro Managers, on the other hand, don't rely on an overarching configuration (don't even conceive of one), but rather home in on each sentence, one by one, and each sentence, as they come to it, becomes the only thing that exists. If there is a spectrum starting with Macro Planners on one end and Micro Managers on the other, Smith would be somewhere to the right of the page. Smith's writing is entirely incremental and cumulative. The grand plan is that there is no grand plan; working things out ahead of time ruins everything, "feels disastrous."She prefers the writing of a novel as a process of discovery. "The thinking goes on on the page," not beforehand.Sarah Stodola Writing By Authors Sayings By Sarah Stodola: The way Smith sees it, this kind of approach denotes a certain category of writer:
The instruction here is not for every kind of writer - not for the writer of nurse books or thrillers or porno or the cheaper sort of sci-fi - though it is true that what holds for the most serious kind of fiction will generally hold for junk fiction as well. (Not everyone is capable of writing junk fiction: It requires an authentic junk mind. Most creative-writing teachers have had the experience of occasionally helping to produce, by accident, a pornographer. The most elegant techniques in the world, filtered through a junk mind, become elegant junk techniques.)John Gardner Writing By Authors Sayings By John Gardner: The instruction here is not for every kind of writer - not for the writer
Many people are partial to the notion that ... all writers are somehow mere vessels for Truth and Beauty when they compose. That we are not really in control. This is a variation on that twee little fable that writers like to pass off on gullible readers, that a character can develop a will of his own and 'take over a book.' This makes writing sound supernatural and mysterious, like possession by faeries. The reality tends to involve a spare room, a pirated copy of MS Word, and a table bought on sale at Target. A character can no more take over your novel than an eggplant and a jar of cumin can take over your kitchen.Paul Collins Writing By Authors Sayings By Paul Collins: Many people are partial to the notion that ... all writers are somehow mere vessels
The difference between wanting to write and having written is one year of hard, relentless labour. It's a bridge you have to build all by yourself, all alone, all through the night, while the world goes about its business without giving a damn. The only way of making this perilous passage is by looking at it as a pilgrimage.Shatrujeet Nath Writing By Authors Sayings By Shatrujeet Nath: The difference between wanting to write and having written is one year of hard, relentless
Putting thoughts into words is vastly different from putting truth into words. For words are not truth. As ardently as writers sort and select and polish their words, at the end of the day they are still words. They are not, in themselves, truth. However carefully we choose our words, no matter how eloquently we compile and conjoin and convey them, they remain just words, merely signposts that point to the truth, as Eckhart Tolle put it. Just as preachers, politicians, PR spin masters and the media can't create truth by writing or speaking words they say are true, authors can't validate truth by putting it into print. And the rest of us can't know it by simply hearing or reading the words. We can only find our way to truth by following the signposts and ultimately believing. It all comes down to believing, to faith, for there is no proof this side of the big dirt nap.Lionel Fisher Writing By Authors Sayings By Lionel Fisher: Putting thoughts into words is vastly different from putting truth into words. For words are
Publishing a book is like being pregnant. By the end, you're just ready to get that baby out!Carmen DeSousa Writing By Authors Sayings By Carmen DeSousa: Publishing a book is like being pregnant. By the end, you're just ready to get
Authors always feel in danger of being abandoned by loved ones. This is a potent fear. Yet it's as inevitable as writer's cramp when we presume to write words for others to read.Ralph Keyes Writing By Authors Sayings By Ralph Keyes: Authors always feel in danger of being abandoned by loved ones. This is a potent
There's a long-standing (50 year old) flame war within the field over whether it's "sci-fi" or "SF".SF has traditionally been looked down on by the literary establishment because, to be honest, much early SF was execrably badly written - but these days the significance of the pigeon hole is fading; we have serious mainstream authors writing stuff that is I-can't-believe-it's-not-SF, and SF authors breaking into the mainstream. If you view them as tags that point to shelves in bricks-and-mortar bookshops, how long are these genre categories going to survive in the age of the internet?Charles Stross Writing By Authors Sayings By Charles Stross: There's a long-standing (50 year old) flame war within the field over whether it's "sci-fi"
There seems to be a strange affectation in authors of appearing to have done everything by chance.Samuel Johnson Writing By Authors Sayings By Samuel Johnson: There seems to be a strange affectation in authors of appearing to have done everything
The truth seems to be, however, that, when he casts his leaves forth upon the wind, the author addresses, not the many who will fling aside his volume, or never take it up, but the few who will understand him, better than most of his schoolmates and lifemates. Some authors, indeed, do far more than this, and indulge themselves in such confidential depths of revelation as could fittingly be addressed, only and exclusively, to the one heart and mind of perfect sympathy; as if the printed book, thrown at large on the wide world, were certain to find out the divided segment of the writer's own nature, and complete his circle of existence by bringing him into communion with it.Nathaniel Hawthorne Writing By Authors Sayings By Nathaniel Hawthorne: The truth seems to be, however, that, when he casts his leaves forth upon the
I would not employ an author to referee a Ping-Pong match. By their very nature they are biased and bloody-minded. Better put a fox in a henhouse than to ask an author to judge his peers. (in a letter to the Governor General about the GA's Literary Awards & his issue
among others
with the judging system, 1981)
Jack McClelland Writing By Authors Sayings By Jack McClelland: I would not employ an author to referee a Ping-Pong match. By their very nature
Writers will often find themselves steering by stars that are disturbingly in motion.William Strunk Jr. Writing By Authors Sayings By William Strunk Jr.: Writers will often find themselves steering by stars that are disturbingly in motion.
There are two gradations of cold that are always acceptable: Mild Frost, which is preferable for reading and writing and any other activity done indoors, and Absolute Zero, which is the only temperature suitable for sleep. There is nothing more delicious than being swathed in a cocoon of blankets and awaking with a nose frosted over with rime, and once I do achieve vampiric heights and fall asleep with the mastery of a corpse lately dead, I am best left alone until I wake up at my usual time. I do tend to bite when rattled out of my flocculent coffin, and everyone in my building knows never to disturb me during the early morning hours. Authors, being crepuscular creatures, should never be roused before 11am: the creative mind is never turned off; it only dies momentarily and its revived by the scent of coffee at the proper time.

Bacon is also an acceptable restorative.
Michelle Franklin Writing By Authors Sayings By Michelle Franklin: There are two gradations of cold that are always acceptable: Mild Frost, which is preferable
Rigorous extrapolation, a gosh-wow love of gadgets, and mystical adventures in strange and mysterious places; every major stream in speculative fiction today can be traced back to authors who were writing before the publishing categories existed. From among the readers in the twenties and thirties who loved any or all of these authors arose the first generation of "science fiction writers", who knew themselves to be continuing in a trail that had been blazed by giants.Orson Scott Card Writing By Authors Sayings By Orson Scott Card: Rigorous extrapolation, a gosh-wow love of gadgets, and mystical adventures in strange and mysterious places;
Many adult book authors supplement their income by teaching at the college level. Full-time professors fare well, but pay for adjunct professors is notoriously shabby. Children's book authors have a sweeter deal. We're invited by schools, libraries, law firms, and Fortune 500 companies to share our best writing tips and strategies.Kate Klise Writing By Authors Sayings By Kate Klise: Many adult book authors supplement their income by teaching at the college level. Full-time professors
After writing, there is the letting go part. Perfection is a myth; as we all get better by day.
Allow yourself to grow in active practice, release that book to the world, and do better with the next one.
Uma Nnenna Writing By Authors Sayings By Uma Nnenna: After writing, there is the letting go part. Perfection is a myth; as we all
We've inherited many ideas about writing that emerged in the eighteenth century, especially an interest in literature as both an expression and an exploration of the self. This development - part of what distinguishes the "modern" from the "early modern" - has shaped the work of many of our most celebrated authors, whose personal experiences indelibly and visibly mark their writing. It's fair to say that the fiction and poetry of many of the finest writers of the past century or so - and I'm thinking here of Conrad, Proust, Lawrence, Joyce, Woolf, Kafka, Plath, Ellison, Lowell, Sexton, Roth, and Coetzee, to name but a few - have been deeply autobiographical. The link between the life and the work is one of the things we're curious about and look for when we pick up the latest book by a favorite author.James Shapiro Writing By Authors Sayings By James Shapiro: We've inherited many ideas about writing that emerged in the eighteenth century, especially an interest
For almost a quarter of a century, Teen Ink has been encouraging young people to write - and then has published those pieces. These heartfelt essays and poems explore the issues faced by teenagers today. I applaud their efforts because they not only help young people deal with their own lives but also encourage the budding authors of the next generation.Anita Silvey Writing By Authors Sayings By Anita Silvey: For almost a quarter of a century, Teen Ink has been encouraging young people to
By reading a lot of novels in a variety of genres, and asking questions, it's possible to learn how things are done - the mechanics of writing, so to speak - and which genres and authors excel in various areas.Nicholas Sparks Writing By Authors Sayings By Nicholas Sparks: By reading a lot of novels in a variety of genres, and asking questions, it's
I love so many books and authors that it's hard to name just a few, but I'm always particularly excited when new books by Alice Hoffman, John Crowley, Joanne Harris, Elizabeth Knox, and Patricia McKillip come out. (And, of course, books by Ellen [Kushner], and Holly [Black], and the rest of the Bordertown crew!) I'm impatiently looking forward to Susanna Clarke's next book too.
Aside from writing and reading, my favorite things to do are paint, walk in the countryside with my dog, and listen to music
especially when it's live and it's played by friends. Fortunately there's a lot of live music where I live.
Terri Windling Writing By Authors Sayings By Terri Windling: I love so many books and authors that it's hard to name just a few,
[Science fiction is] out in the mainstream now. You can tell by the way mainstream literary authors pillage SF while denying they're writing it!Terry Pratchett Writing By Authors Sayings By Terry Pratchett: [Science fiction is] out in the mainstream now. You can tell by the way mainstream
As many authors have said, if the writer is not surprised by events, then chances are that the reader will not be either, and grow bored.Paul Di Filippo Writing By Authors Sayings By Paul Di Filippo: As many authors have said, if the writer is not surprised by events, then chances
After the Tiananmen Massacre, I felt compelled not only to continue writing but to actively resist the restrictions placed on freedom of speech. I set up the publishing company in Hong Kong, with offices in Shenzhen in mainland China, and managed to publish works of fiction, philosophy, and politics by unapproved authors.Ma Jian Writing By Authors Sayings By Ma Jian: After the Tiananmen Massacre, I felt compelled not only to continue writing but to actively
I could hear music playing in the background of works by certain authors, like Poe and Shakespeare. And I discovered Nikki Giovanni when I was in eighth grade. Her writing has a musical energy with pulse and rhythm, almost like jazz or hip-hop.Jill Scott Writing By Authors Sayings By Jill Scott: I could hear music playing in the background of works by certain authors, like Poe
Lemat's agent says to him: y duty to you, first and foremost, is make sure you have a career, a prosperous one. I know authors always want to pander to their more artistic leanings, but this is a business after all. You have to do something to pay the bills so you can keep on writing. If you wanted to be an author just for the sake of expressing your thoughts, you could have done that by staying self-published, am I correct? but that's not what you wanted. That's not why you penned Killing Jesus. You wanted to get out there and swim in a bigger pond, didn't you? Well, here you are. Welcome to the blooming ocean.Henry Mosquera Writing By Authors Sayings By Henry Mosquera: Lemat's agent says to him: y duty to you, first and foremost, is make sure
Young artists must pave their way to Art by drawing pictures for magazine stories that young authors write to pave their way to Literature.O. Henry Writing By Authors Sayings By O. Henry: Young artists must pave their way to Art by drawing pictures for magazine stories that
Grabbing readers by the imagination is a writer's job.Sara Sheridan Writing By Authors Sayings By Sara Sheridan: Grabbing readers by the imagination is a writer's job.
I am often asked by editors, fans, friends about what I read or which authors influence my writing.

My answer seems surprising to them, for people expect names and quotes from me, while I give them the source of "feelings".
I believe that becoming a writer is not about finding similarities, nor following the same trends, with different accessories. I often un-follow subscriptions and newsfeeds when I want to write about something.

When I write I follow, read and am inspired by Life, People and Passion. I guess my "current" is personal and universal.
(Soar)
Soar Writing By Authors Sayings By Soar: I am often asked by editors, fans, friends about what I read or which authors
I'll just say right here that whoever thought up the idea of paying dead white authors by the word should have a special place in hell with the rest of the sadists.Heather W. Petty Writing By Authors Sayings By Heather W. Petty: I'll just say right here that whoever thought up the idea of paying dead white
I am opposed to writing about the private lives of living authors and psychoanalyzing them while they are alive. Criticism is getting all mixed up with a combination of the Junior FBI-men, discards from Freud and Jung and a sort of Columnist peep-hole and missing laundry list school ... Every young English professor sees gold in them dirty sheets now. Imagine what they can do with the soiled sheets of four legal beds by the same writer and you can see why their tongues are slavering.Ernest Hemingway, Writing By Authors Sayings By Ernest Hemingway,: I am opposed to writing about the private lives of living authors and psychoanalyzing them
How anybody can compose a story by word of mouth face to face with a bored-looking secretary with a notebook is more than I can imagine. Yet many authors think nothing of saying, 'Ready, Miss Spelvin? Take dictation. Quote no comma Sir Jasper Murgatroyd comma close quotes comma said no better make it hissed Evangeline comma quote I would not marry you if you were the last person on earth period close quotes Quote well comma I'm not so the point does not arise comma close quotes replied Sir Jasper twirling his moustache cynically period And so the long day wore on period End of chapter.'
If I had to do that sort of thing I should be feeling all the time that the girl was saying to herself as she took it down, 'Well comma this beats me period How comma with homes for the feebleminded touting for custom on every side comma has a man like this succeeded in remaining at large mark of interrogation.
P.G. Wodehouse Writing By Authors Sayings By P.G. Wodehouse: How anybody can compose a story by word of mouth face to face with a
All Jane Austen novels have a common storyline: an attractive and virtuous young woman surmounts difficulties to achieve marriage to the man of her choice. This is the age-long convention of the romantic novel, but with Jane Austen, what we have is Mills & Boon written by a genius.P.D. James Writing By Authors Sayings By P.D. James: All Jane Austen novels have a common storyline: an attractive and virtuous young woman surmounts
Thousands of volumes have been written about aviation, but we do not automatically have thousands of true and special friends in their authors. That rare writer who comes alive on a page does it by giving of himself, by writing of meanings, and not just of fact or of things that have happened to him. The writers of flight who have done this are usually found together in a special section on private bookshelves.Richard Bach Writing By Authors Sayings By Richard Bach: Thousands of volumes have been written about aviation, but we do not automatically have thousands
Don't let the covers fool you. Books, like lives, are wiggling, evolving, living things. They're not bound by pages or authors or schools of thought. They're not born when they're printed; in fact, they only start to live once they're read. So first of all, we thank you, reader. You dignify this work we do, and we're sincerely grateful for your time and attention.Kelly G. Wilson Writing By Authors Sayings By Kelly G. Wilson: Don't let the covers fool you. Books, like lives, are wiggling, evolving, living things. They're
I'm 67 and have been reading books since I was 5, I have almost lost track of all the fabulous books I have read by so many authors. It would take me forever to list and name them all, suffice to say I have enjoyed every moment that I have been immersed in so many worlds, so many stories, writing one was inevitable, I enjoyed that too, writing is no different to reading it is still a wonderous surprise as each word is processed.Barry C. Cunningham Writing By Authors Sayings By Barry C. Cunningham: I'm 67 and have been reading books since I was 5, I have almost lost
By now, it is probably very late at night, and you have stayed up to read this book when you should have gone to sleep. If this is the case, then I commend you for falling into my trap. It is a writer's greatest pleasure to hear that someone was kept up until the unholy hours of the morning reading one of his books. It goes back to authors being terrible people who delight in the suffering of others. Plus, we get a kickback from the caffeine industry ...Brandon Sanderson Writing By Authors Sayings By Brandon Sanderson: By now, it is probably very late at night, and you have stayed up to
I suspect that authors who start their careers writing for an adult audience - and who eventually produce a young adult novel or two - are more common than authors who begin by writing for young adults and who then gravitate toward composing something for an adult audience.Paul Di Filippo Writing By Authors Sayings By Paul Di Filippo: I suspect that authors who start their careers writing for an adult audience - and
I keep being told that my writing is getting better and better. - Now, at first I am thrilled by that, but then I think, Isn't everybody's? Do some authors grow cozy with their own style, and stay there?
I think of writing fiction as an art form. As such, it's a constant exploration of new and developing ideas. If any of my books were much like my others, I don't think I'd even bother to write them.
Edward Fahey Writing By Authors Sayings By Edward Fahey: I keep being told that my writing is getting better and better. - Now, at
By their very nature, idiots do not have the intellectual capacity to identify genius. All that idiots are mentally equipped to recognize are other idiots.Dermot Davis Writing By Authors Sayings By Dermot Davis: By their very nature, idiots do not have the intellectual capacity to identify genius. All
Why isn't the manuscript ready? Because every book is more work than anyone intended. If authors and editors knew, or acknowledged, how much work was ahead, fewer contracts would be signed. Each book, before the contract, is beautiful to contemplate. By the middle of the writing, the book has become, for the author, a hate object. For the editor, in the middle of editing, it has become a two-ton concrete necklace. However, both author and editor will recover the gleam in their eyes when the work is completed, and see the book as the masterwork it really is.Samuel S. Vaughan Writing By Authors Sayings By Samuel S. Vaughan: Why isn't the manuscript ready? Because every book is more work than anyone intended. If
Writing about Africa by Africans has been part of my literary apprenticeship, standing alongside works by authors such as Joseph Conrad, Joyce Cary and Graham Greene as influences.Giles Foden Writing By Authors Sayings By Giles Foden: Writing about Africa by Africans has been part of my literary apprenticeship, standing alongside works
An idea is a gift, a finished project is turning that gift into a book by making yourself write even when you don't want to. There is no such thing as a block of time to write. You have to carve time from a busy day. Elaine L. OrrElaine Orr Writing By Authors Sayings By Elaine Orr: An idea is a gift, a finished project is turning that gift into a book
I cannot find any patience for those people who believe that you start writing when you sit down at your desk and pick up your pen and finish writing when you put down your pen again; a writer is always writing, seeing everything through a thin mist of words, fitting swift little descriptions to everything he sees, always noticing. Just as I believe that a painter cannot sit down to his morning coffee without noticing what color it is, so a writer cannot see an odd little gesture without putting a verbal description to it, and ought never to let a moment go by undescribed.Shirley Jackson Writing By Authors Sayings By Shirley Jackson: I cannot find any patience for those people who believe that you start writing when
These reasonings will furnish us with an adequate definition of a true critic: that he is a discoverer and collector of writers' faults. Which may be farther put beyond dispute by the following demonstration: that whoever will examine the writings in all kinds, wherewith this ancient sect has honoured the world, shall immediately find, from the whole thread and tenor of them, that the ideas of the authors have been altogether conversant and taken up with the faults and blemishes, and oversights, and mistakes of other writers; and let the subject treated on be whatever it will, their imaginations are so entirely possessed and replete with the defects of other pens, that the very quintessence of what is bad does of necessity distil into their own, by which means the whole appears to be nothing else but an abstract of the criticisms themselves have made.Jonathan Swift Writing By Authors Sayings By Jonathan Swift: These reasonings will furnish us with an adequate definition of a true critic: that he
Authors, she soon decided, were probably best met within the pages of their novels, and were as much creatures of the reader's imagination as the characters in their books. Nor did they seem to think one had done them a kindness by reading their writings. Rather they had done one the kindness by writing them.Alan Bennett Writing By Authors Sayings By Alan Bennett: Authors, she soon decided, were probably best met within the pages of their novels, and
You may think novelists always have fixed plans to which they work, so that the future predicted by Chapter One is always inexorably the actuality of Chapter Thirteen. But novelists write for countless different reasons: for money, for fame, for reviewers, for parents, for friends, for loved ones; for vanity, for pride, for curiosity, for amusement: as skilled furniture makers enjoy making furniture, as drunkards like drinking, as judges like judging, as Sicilians like emptying a shotgun into an enemy's back. I could fill a book with reasons, and they would all be true, though not true of all. Only one same reason is shared by all of us: we wish to create worlds as real as, but other than the world that is. Or was. This is why we cannot plan. We know a world is an organism, not a machine.John Fowles Writing By Authors Sayings By John Fowles: You may think novelists always have fixed plans to which they work, so that the
I write because writing is power. Writing is creation. When you write, you are as a god, a deity wielding his pen like some Harry Potter staff, making whatever you want to happen, happen. By sheer force of will and some clever word placement, I can arrange all of these little symbols together to invoke emotions and ideas at a whim out of whosoever allows me to cast my spell. It does not take a man and a woman to create. It just takes a writer.Jonathan Culver Writing By Authors Sayings By Jonathan Culver: I write because writing is power. Writing is creation. When you write, you are as
There are three distinct kind of judges upon all new authors or productions; the first are those who know no rules, but pronounce entirely from their natural taste and feelings; the second are those who know and judge by rules; and the third are those who know, but are above the rules. These last are those you should wish to satisfy. Next to them rate the natural judges; but ever despise those opinions that are formed by the rules.Samuel Johnson Writing By Authors Sayings By Samuel Johnson: There are three distinct kind of judges upon all new authors or productions; the first
It's a good thing, right, when an author gets turned on by the dirty scenes they write?!Martha Sweeney Writing By Authors Sayings By Martha Sweeney: It's a good thing, right, when an author gets turned on by the dirty scenes
Most critics write critiques which are by the authors they write critiques about. That would not be so bad, but then most authorswrite works which are by the critics who write critiques about them.Karl Kraus Writing By Authors Sayings By Karl Kraus: Most critics write critiques which are by the authors they write critiques about. That would