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Novel Writing Quotes: "Novel writing should never be confused with journalism. Unfortunately, in the case of Primary Colors, a fair number of journalists confused."

Novel writing should never be confused with journalism. Unfortunately, in the case of Primary Colors, a fair number of journalists confused.




Novel Writing Quotes: "First steps are always the hardest but until they are taken the notion of progress remains only a notion and not an achievement."

First steps are always the hardest but until they are taken the notion of progress remains only a notion and not an achievement.




Novel Writing Quotes: "All writing is an act of self-exploration. Even a grocery list says something about you; how much more does a novel say?"

All writing is an act of self-exploration. Even a grocery list says something about you; how much more does a novel say?



Novel Writing Quotes: "There is, in fact, not much point in writing a novel unless you can show the possibility of moral transformation, or an increase in wisdom, operating in your chief character or characters."

There is, in fact, not much point in writing a novel unless you can show the possibility of moral transformation, or an increase in wisdom, operating in your chief character or characters.




Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a novel is like working on foreign policy. There are problems to be solved. It's not all inspirational."

Writing a novel is like working on foreign policy. There are problems to be solved. It's not all inspirational.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Novel writing wrecks homes."

Novel writing wrecks homes.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Novel writing is far and away the most exhausting work I know."

Novel writing is far and away the most exhausting work I know.




Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a short story is like having a short intense affair, whereas writing a novel is like a long rich marriage."

Writing a short story is like having a short intense affair, whereas writing a novel is like a long rich marriage.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Anthropological fieldwork is so much like writing a novel. You don't know what the hell is going on."

Anthropological fieldwork is so much like writing a novel. You don't know what the hell is going on.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties."

Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a novel is like building a wall brick by brick; only amateurs believe in inspiration."

Writing a novel is like building a wall brick by brick; only amateurs believe in inspiration.



Novel Writing Quotes: "When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature."

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.




Novel Writing Quotes: "The reality of a serious writer is a reality of many voices, some of them belonging to the writer, some of them belonging to the world of readers at large."

The reality of a serious writer is a reality of many voices, some of them belonging to the writer, some of them belonging to the world of readers at large.



Novel Writing Quotes: "I'm always telling myself as I write that I'm not really writing a novel; I'm just going to fool around with a character or an idea."

I'm always telling myself as I write that I'm not really writing a novel; I'm just going to fool around with a character or an idea.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a novel proved to be the hardest, most self-analyzing task I had ever attempted, far worse than an autobiography: and its rewards were greater than I expected."

Writing a novel proved to be the hardest, most self-analyzing task I had ever attempted, far worse than an autobiography: and its rewards were greater than I expected.



Novel Writing Quotes: "I really want to write a novel. I also want to learn to play the mandolin."

I really want to write a novel. I also want to learn to play the mandolin.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a story is kind of like surfing, as opposed to the novel, where you use a GPS to get somewhere. With surfing, you kind of jump."

Writing a story is kind of like surfing, as opposed to the novel, where you use a GPS to get somewhere. With surfing, you kind of jump.



Novel Writing Quotes: "The first thing you have to consider when writing a novel is your story, and then your story - and then your story!"

The first thing you have to consider when writing a novel is your story, and then your story - and then your story!



Novel Writing Quotes: "However, the difficulties and pleasures of the writing itself are similar for a novel with a historical setting and a novel with a contemporary setting, as far as I'm concerned."

However, the difficulties and pleasures of the writing itself are similar for a novel with a historical setting and a novel with a contemporary setting, as far as I'm concerned.



Novel Writing Quotes: "I am writing my second novel for children for Simon and Schuster."

I am writing my second novel for children for Simon and Schuster.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Short-story writing requires an exquisite sense of balance. Novelists, frankly, can get away with more. A novel can have a dull spot or two, because the reader has made a different commitment."

Short-story writing requires an exquisite sense of balance. Novelists, frankly, can get away with more. A novel can have a dull spot or two, because the reader has made a different commitment.



Novel Writing Quotes: "I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after, which may be something more like this again, maybe some strange mixture of fiction and non-fiction."

I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after, which may be something more like this again, maybe some strange mixture of fiction and non-fiction.



Novel Writing Quotes: "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."

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.



Novel Writing Quotes: "If I really considered myself a writer, I wouldn't be writing screenplays. I'd be writing novels."

If I really considered myself a writer, I wouldn't be writing screenplays. I'd be writing novels.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a novel is like trying to solve a very long mathematical equation. Changing anything can change everything else."

Writing a novel is like trying to solve a very long mathematical equation. Changing anything can change everything else.



Novel Writing Quotes: "I'm writing a novel about two actresses who go to New York, because that's what I know about. One has lost touch with reality, disappears and is picked up by a man."

I'm writing a novel about two actresses who go to New York, because that's what I know about. One has lost touch with reality, disappears and is picked up by a man.



Novel Writing Quotes: "I would recommend the short story form, which is a lot harder to write since you have to be so careful with words, until there is plenty of time to doodle through a novel"

I would recommend the short story form, which is a lot harder to write since you have to be so careful with words, until there is plenty of time to doodle through a novel



Novel Writing Quotes: "The writing in Mission to Paris, sentence after sentence, page after page, is dazzling. If you are a John le Carr fan, this is definitely a novel for you."

The writing in Mission to Paris, sentence after sentence, page after page, is dazzling. If you are a John le Carr fan, this is definitely a novel for you.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Novels give you the matrix of emotions, give you the flavour of a time in a way formal history cannot."

Novels give you the matrix of emotions, give you the flavour of a time in a way formal history cannot.



Novel Writing Quotes: "I might just write a novel next. I don't know!"

I might just write a novel next. I don't know!



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing novels takes up about 100% of my available working time."

Writing novels takes up about 100% of my available working time.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a novel is like heading out over the open sea in a small boat. It helps, if you have a plan and a course laid out."

Writing a novel is like heading out over the open sea in a small boat. It helps, if you have a plan and a course laid out.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. Sometimes you run over a drunk who's lain down and fallen asleep on the warm pavement. I mean, do you keep going, or what?"

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. Sometimes you run over a drunk who's lain down and fallen asleep on the warm pavement. I mean, do you keep going, or what?



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a novel that works is an extremely difficult thing to do. It requires a level of skill and dedication that always surprises me."

Writing a novel that works is an extremely difficult thing to do. It requires a level of skill and dedication that always surprises me.



Novel Writing Quotes: "When one starts writing a book, especially a novel, even the humblest person in the world hopes to become Homer."

When one starts writing a book, especially a novel, even the humblest person in the world hopes to become Homer.



Novel Writing Quotes: "I started writing when I was a journalist. But every time I sat down to write a novel or a story, I ended up writing about myself, which was incredibly annoying and self-involved."

I started writing when I was a journalist. But every time I sat down to write a novel or a story, I ended up writing about myself, which was incredibly annoying and self-involved.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a novel in general is like trying to reach a mountain top you'll never quite reach - so you try again and maybe get a little closer."

Writing a novel in general is like trying to reach a mountain top you'll never quite reach - so you try again and maybe get a little closer.



Novel Writing Quotes: "If writing a novel is a year's exile to a foreign country, writing a short story is a weekend spent somewhere exotic. They're much more like vacations, more exciting and different, and you're off."

If writing a novel is a year's exile to a foreign country, writing a short story is a weekend spent somewhere exotic. They're much more like vacations, more exciting and different, and you're off.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Yes, writing a novel, my boy, is like driving pigs to market - you have one of them making a bolt down the wrong lane; another won't get over the right stile."

Yes, writing a novel, my boy, is like driving pigs to market - you have one of them making a bolt down the wrong lane; another won't get over the right stile.



Novel Writing Quotes: "NaNo[ National Novel Writing Month] is an awesome opportunity to stretch your writing muscles and gives you permission to write in a way you probably wouldn't do in a normal circumstance."

NaNo[ National Novel Writing Month] is an awesome opportunity to stretch your writing muscles and gives you permission to write in a way you probably wouldn't do in a normal circumstance.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a first novel takes so much effort, with such little promise of result or reward, that it must necessarily be a labour of love bordering on madness."

Writing a first novel takes so much effort, with such little promise of result or reward, that it must necessarily be a labour of love bordering on madness.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a novel is a lot like reading one."

Writing a novel is a lot like reading one.



Novel Writing Quotes: "I won't read novels while writing novels."

I won't read novels while writing novels.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a novel is like childbirth: once you realize how awful it really is, you never want to do it again."

Writing a novel is like childbirth: once you realize how awful it really is, you never want to do it again.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity."

Writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.



Novel Writing Quotes: "As for writing about temptation, there's no drama without temptation, and no novel without drama."

As for writing about temptation, there's no drama without temptation, and no novel without drama.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Novel writing is a kind of private pleasure, even if nothing comes of it in worldly terms."

Novel writing is a kind of private pleasure, even if nothing comes of it in worldly terms.



Novel Writing Quotes: "I kept going back while I was writing the novel - which never sold, may it rest in peace - and by the time it was finished I had too many connections to Haiti to walk away."

I kept going back while I was writing the novel - which never sold, may it rest in peace - and by the time it was finished I had too many connections to Haiti to walk away.



Novel Writing Quotes: "Each piece of writing I undertake, whether a story, novel, play, or poem, begins with an image."

Each piece of writing I undertake, whether a story, novel, play, or poem, begins with an image.