Saturday, March 21, 2009
In writing a series of stories about the same characters, plan the whole series in advance in some detail, to avoid contradictions and inconsistencies.
~L. Sprague de Camp
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader. Not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Expansion, that is the idea the novelist must cling to, not completion, not rounding off, but opening out.
~E. M. Forster
All fiction is a process of imagining: whatever you write, in whatever genre or medium, your task is to make things up convincingly and interestingly and new.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
The two most engaging powers of an author are, to make new things familiar, and familiar things new.
You could compile the worst book in the world entirely out of selected passages from the best writers in the world.
Without a pen I feel naked, but it's writing that is my exhibitionism.