The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
• Ursula K. Le Guin •
Do you have a favorite Ursula K. Le Guin book?
Pay attention to the things that agitate you.
It will tell you a lot about yourself.
• Terry McMillan •
Do you have a favorite Terry McMillan book?
The structure of a play is always the story of
how the birds came home to roost.
• Arthur Miller •
My favorite Arthur Miller play is After the Fall. Do you have a favorite?
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon,
who could not be happy?
• Oscar Wilde •
Do you have a favorite Oscar Wilde book?
Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing
1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said” . . . he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
My most important rule is one that sums up the 10:
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
• Elmore Leonard •
Which Elmore Leonard book is your favorite?
One of my greatest pleasures is falling into a story someone else has written.
• Nora Roberts •
Which Nora Roberts book is your favorite?
Meaning is everything, and humans will never cease pursuing the question of meaning. Nor should they. Indeed, nor can they. We’re almost hard-wired to pursue the questions of meaning and significance.
• Thomas Keneally •
Which Thomas Keneally book is your favorite?
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 •
Which Anne Rice book is your favorite?
The one reader I'm trying to please as I write is me, and I'm pretty difficult to please.
• Sara Zarr •
Which Sara Zarr book is your favorite?
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
• Wallace Stevens •
My favorite Wallace Stevens poem is "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." Do you have a favorite?