Ten Quotes About Writing

School books

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
–W. Somerset Maugham

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.”
–Doris Lessing

“Personally I think that grammar is a way to attain beauty.”
–Muriel Barbery

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is…the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
–Mark Twain

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
–Stephen King

“People who write fiction, if they had not taken it up, might have become very successful liars.”
–Ernest Hemingway

“A story was something you made up out of something that might have happened. Only you didn’t tell it like it was, you told it like you thought it should have been.”
–Betty Smith

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”
–Agatha Christie

“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.:
–Virginia Woolf

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
–Stephen King

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About Alexis

Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.
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