Quotes (12)

"When I was ten, my dad bought me a second-hand typewriter and I typed out these little tales and stitched them in a folder with a hand-painted title. When I was twelve I submitted one - about a little horse, I think - to something called The Children's Mag and it was actually published. I have never stopped writing since,"
BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD

"Write hard and clear about what hurts,"
ERNEST HEMINGWAY

"All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath,"
F.SCOTT FITZGERALD

"Don't allow yourself to get fussed over how to begin. Don't sit staring at a blank screen,"
DONNA LEVIN

"Raising questions and then supplying plaudsible, yet unexpected answers, this is the job of the storyteller,"
DAVID GERROLD

"Fiction fatigue - expect it, and don't let it ruin your story,"
ANSEN DIBELL

"I would never write about someone who is not at the end of his rope,"
STANLEY ELKIN

"Give the readers a book with people they care about and they will queue up to shake the author's hand,"
NORMAN COUSINS

"An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke,"
F.SCOTT FITZGERALD

"Always remember your reader, or else you are talking to yourself,"
NIGEL WATTS

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"There will come a day, if you persist, when your pen will move nimbly and you will feel elated, and exclaim to yourself: Now I know that I can write,"
ARNOLD BENNETT

"Jilly Cooper has been described as 'insecure and ludicrously sensitive': characteristics of any successful writer,"
MICHAEL JOSEPH

"Writing is a dog's life, but the only one worth living,"
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT

"If you write from the heart, you are writing at the very best of your ability,"
BERNIE ROSS

"I can't write a sex scene. In my first book there was one four-letter word, and my mother saw it and told me off about it. I wrote a sex scene and when Doubleday (publishers) saw it they just laughed at me. They said, 'You don't need it. You are a story-teller,'"
JEFFREY ARCHER