Let these quotes for authors inspire you throughout 2018 as you write and publish your upcoming books.
Quotes for Authors About Reading
As Stephen King has said, if you want to write, you must read. Here’s another quote along that same line of thinking.
Quotes for Authors About Craft
Do you want to improve your craft in 2018? Then take some advice from these masters:
If something tickles you, makes you wonder or creates a passion within you, then follow it, write about it, because it will strike a chord with other people, too. And don't write a book until you have something to say. ~ David Blatner
Every story would be another story, and unrecognizable if it took up its characters and plot and happened somewhere else. Fiction depends for its life on place. Place is the crossroads of circumstance, the proving ground of, What happened? Who’s here? Who’s coming? ~ Eudora Welty
What lasts in the reader’s mind is not the phrase but the effect the phrase created: laughter, tears, pain, joy. If the phrase is not affecting the reader, what’s it doing there? Make it do its job or cut it without mercy or remorse. ~ Isaac Asimov
First learn to be a craftsman; it won’t keep you from being a genius. ~ Eugene Delacroix
Quotes for Authors About Ideas
Have an idea for a new story or novel? Treat it gingerly and follow these suggestions.
When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea. ~ Ernest Hemingway
Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart. ~ Haruki Murakami
On the Humorous Side of Writing
Dave Berry is known for his writing and his humor. Read his take on a list of great modern writers.
If you look at any list of great modern writers such as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, you’ll notice two things about them: 1. They all had editors. 2. They are all dead. Thus we can draw the scientific conclusion that editors are fatal. ~ Dave Berry
Quotes About the Writing Life
What is a writer? Here are some quotes from authors who try to describe the writing life.
As a writer, even as a child, I developed a sense that meaning itself was resident in the rhythms of words and sentences and paragraphs, a technique for withholding whatever it was I thought or believed behind an increasingly impenetrable polish. ~ Joan Didion
I don’t know who originally said this, but the first word you write each day is the hardest, the second word is the second hardest, and so on. Once you start, it does get easier. ~ Harlan Coben
A Quote About Readers
We end this list of quotes with one about readers.
I want my reader to be wholly engaged, gripped rather than shocked. I'm pleased when people tell me that they sat down and read Enduring Love in one sitting. In that respect, writers are like jealous lovers: “I just want you to think of me." ~ Ian McEwan
Writers take words seriously—perhaps the last professional class that does—and they struggle to steer their own through the crosswinds of meddling editors and careless typesetters and obtuse and malevolent reviewers into the lap of the ideal reader. ~ John Updike
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