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A story has been thought to its conclusion when it has taken its worst possible turn. Friedrich Durrenmatt
Nature fits all her children with something to do;
He who would write and can't write, can surely review.
James Russell Lowell
Every life has a story.A&E Biography
The best time for planning a book is when you're doing the dishes.Agatha Christie
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.Agatha Christie
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.Albert Einstein
Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world.Albert Einstein
A bad book is as much a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.Aldous Huxley
Beginning writers must appreciate the prerequisites if they hope to become writers.  You pay your dues- which takes years.Alex Haley
Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.Alice Walker
The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.Alice Walker
It's in my skull and it has to come outAllegra Sloman
There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to doAnais Nin
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.Anaïs Nin
A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.Anatole France
Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.Anne Dillard
We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason why they write so little.Anne Lamott
Plot springs from character...  I've always sort of believed that these people inside me- these characters- know who they are and what they're about and what happens, and they need me to help get it down on paper because they don't type.Anne Lamott
You just sit down and write every day for three or four hours. You do it like piano scales until you have a story to tell.Anne Lamott
You know how it is in the kid's book world: It's just bunny eat bunny.Anon
A blank page is God's way of showing you how hard it is to be God.Anon
Some authors should be paid by the quantity NOT writtenAnon.
Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet.Anonymous
"The words you choose to say something are just as important as the decision to speak."
Anonymous
I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.
Anonymous English Professor, Ohio University
You know youve achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.Antoine de Saint-Exupery
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.Aristotle
“The right thing . . . is in the characters just as in the incidents of the play to seek after the necessary or the probable; so that whenever such-and-such a personage says or does such-and-such a thing, it shall be the necessary or probable outcome of his character.”Aristotle, Poetics
Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion.Arnold Bennett
Nothing, not love, not greed, not passion or hatred, is stronger than a writer's need to change another writer's copy.
Arthur Evans
Don't try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough.Arthur Freed
Wear the old coat and buy the new book.Austin Phelps
Writers are made, not born.Ayn Rand
Good things, when short, are twice as good.Baltasar Gracian
If you tell me, it's an essay.  If you show me, it's a story.Barbara Greene
This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package.  Don't consider it rejected.  Consider that you've addressed it 'to the editor who can appreciate my work' and it has simply come back stamped 'not at this address.'  Just keep looking for the right address.Barbara Kingsolver
Close the door. Write with - no one - looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.Barbara Kingsolver
The shorter and plainer the better.Beatrix Potter
An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
Benjamin Disraeli
If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.Benjamin Franklin
Great writing leads constantly into surprises, and the writer should be the first one surprised.Bernard Malamud
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.Blaise Pascal
All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.Bobby Knight (1940 - )
I am a drinker with writing problems. Brendan Behan
Critics are like eunuchs in a harem: they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they are unable to do it themselves.Brendan Francis
The pen is mightier than the swordBulwer-Lytton
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he's staring out the window.Burton Rascoe
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working even when he's staring out the window.Burton Rascoe
It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.C. J. Cherryh
Don’t say it was ‘delightful’; make us say ‘delightful’ when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers ‘Please will you do the job for me.’C. S. Lewis
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