Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Quotes (1)

"Make 'em laugh; make 'em cry; make 'em wait," Charles Reade

"Stay with what it is and it will give you everything that isn't. From this wooden table I am learning on, I can build a whole world of fiction," Natalie Goldberg

"Get on with it. There are people who 'talk book', and there are people who 'write book': talking writers, and writing writers," Arthur Hailey

"Asking a writer what he thinks about critics, is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs," Christopher Hampton

"The title of the novel is part of the text, the first part of it, in fact, that we encounter - and therefore has considerable power to attract and condition the reader's attention," David Lodge

"I have never written for more than half an hour in my life. Writing to me only occupies a teeny wee bit of my life. And to be truthful, I hate writing. I wouldn't like the idea of writing all day at all," James Herriot

"If a writer knows something, even if he doesn't write it, it is present in his work," Hemingway

"If you have a skeleton in your cupboard, take it out and dance with it," Carolyn Mackenzie

"If a publisher declines your manuscript, remember it is merely the decision of one fallible human being, try another," Stanley Unwin

"If you really want to achieve greatness, you have to keep challenging yourself. You have to keep going back into yourself," James Elroy

"What all of us must do is get an idea that excites US and then write the hell out of it. Write it as well as you know how. And if you hit a nerve, and it's true, then you have a chance," Sidney Sheldon

"As a writer, you're rejected so often that you have to develop a resilience. So when I'm down it rarely lasts...I search around until I find something to get excited about," Alex Hailey

"Do they keep throwing the book at Jeffrey Archer as an act of revenge for his lousy novels?" Keith Waterhouse

"You wrote too fast. You're scared. Slow down. You shouldn't write a short story in less than two months," Cecil Dawkins

"The beginning is the 'want', the middle the 'conflict' and the end is the 'resolution'," Danny Simon