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"Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty."
--Anne Rice

"The novel is an event in consciousness. Our aim isn't to copy actuality, but to modify and recreate our sense of it. The novelist is inviting the reader to watch a performance in his own brain."
--George Buchanan

"Each reader needs to bring his or her own mind and heart to the text."
--Dean Koontz

"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."
--Stephen King

"Writing a novel is like making love, but it's also like having a tooth pulled. Pleasure and pain. Sometimes it's like making love while having a tooth pulled."
--Dean Koontz

"Everyone spends their lives trying to balance their world between good and evil."
--Laurell K. Hamilton

"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool."
--Stephen King

"Copying an idea from an author is plagiarism. Copying many ideas from many authors is research."
--Author Unknown

"Each reader needs to bring his or her own mind and heart to the text."
--Dean Koontz

"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, or audiences to hear them. It is immortality by proxy. It is not really a bad deal, all things considered."
--J. Michael Straczynski

"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit."
--Richard Bach

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.
--Truman Capote

Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
--Truman Capote

"Fiction is the truth inside the lie."
--Stephen King

"I believe that the short story is as different a form from the novel as poetry is, and the best stories seem to me to be perhaps closer in spirit to poetry than to novels."
--Tobias Wolff

"If I drive myself to the brink of my ability, then I don't get stale or bored."
--Dean Koontz

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.
--Truman Capote 

"I think it's the people who have no doubt that every word they put down is gold that probably don't write very well."
--Dean Koontz 

"Every word written is a victory against death."
--Michel Butor

"As to the Adjective: When in doubt, strike it out."
--Mark Twain

"When you catch an adverb, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them--then the rest will be valuable."
--Mark Twain

"Why do writers write? Because it isn't there."
--Thomas Berger

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
--Truman Capote

"If someone wrote it and it had a peculiar twist, I've read it."
--Dean Koontz

"Fiction's about what it is to be a human being."
--David Foster Wallace  

"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read."
--Mark Twain

"Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs."
--David Ben-Gurion

"The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of one's trousers to the seat of one's chair."
--Kingsley Amis

"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."
--Somerset Maugham

“It's better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost.”
--Stephen King

“Obsession led me to write. It's been that way with every book I've ever written. I become completely consumed by a theme, by characters, by a desire to meet a challenge."
--Anne Rice
 

"I enjoy the freedom of the blank page."
--Irvin Welsh

Be as careful of the books you read as of the company you keep, for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter.
--Paxton Hood

When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and courageous feelings, seek for no other rule to judge the work by; it is good, and made by a good workman.
--Bruyere
 

"A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him."
--Dylan Thomas
 

"If a poem is written well, it was written with the poet's voice and for a voice. Reading a poem silently instead of saying a poem is like the difference between staring at sheet music and actually humming or playing the music on an instrument."
--Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States
 

"Writer's cramp is a form of authoritis."
--Unknown

E.B. White, New Yorker editor and writer, said when accepting the National Medal for Literature, "A writer's courage can easily fail him...I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all."

Note: Charles Dickens wrote his literary classic
'A Christmas Carol' in two weeks.
     

"Don’t worry about temptation. As you grow older, it starts avoiding you."
--Elbert Hubbard, writer and artist

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