A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.
The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.
Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none
The first sentence cant be written until the final sentence is written.
I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.
I would never read a book if it were possible for me to talk half an hour with the man who wrote it.
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
I don't care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.
The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple. Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.
Anybody can have ideas-the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.
The Six Golden Rules of Writing: Read, read, read, and write, write, write.
The man who never reads lives only one.
Once upon a time' lasts forever.
I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And only write what you love.
Read, read read. Read everything.
Thou Shalt Not is soon forgotten, but Once Upon a Time is forever.
A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
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