If you have to write a fictional adventure to convey a philosophy of evil, the best person is the destroyer of evil himself, Lord Shiva.— Amish Tripathi
Cheering Fiction Writing quotations
You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.
Beyond that, I seem to be compelled to write science fiction, rather than fantasy or mysteries or some other genre more likely to climb onto bestseller lists even though I enjoy reading a wide variety of literature, both fiction and nonfiction.
I would, however, start writing fiction about 10 years before I actually did, because it's such great fun to do, many times more creative than nonfiction.
All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies.
Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.
I say, 'If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children's book', but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who you're directing the story to is anathema to me, because, in my view, fiction is freedom and any restraints on that are intolerable.
Thank your readers and the critics who praise you, and then ignore them.
Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself.
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
I could write historical fiction, or science fiction, or a mystery but since I find it fascinating to research the clues of some little know period and develop a story based on that, I will probably continue to do it.
I wanted to live in Paris and write nothing but fiction and be perfectly free.
I had decided all this had to be settled by the time I was thirty, and so I gave up my job and moved to Paris at twenty-eight. I just held my breath and jumped. I didn’t even look to see if there was water in the pool.
But the sensibility of the writer, whether fiction or poetry, comes from paying attention. I tell my students that writing doesn't begin when you sit down to write. It's a way of being in the world, and the essence of it is paying attention.
Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
It's a damn good story. If you have any comments, write them on the back of a check.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
Fictional characters are made of words, not flesh;
they do not have free will, they do not exercise volition. They are easily born, and as easily killed off.
The essence of drama is that man cannot walk away from the consequences of his own deeds.
I learned to write fiction the way I learned to read fiction - by skipping the parts that bored me.
I never really saw myself as writing science fiction anyway.
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.
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.
I spent several years acquiring the obsessive, day-to-day discipline that's needed if you want to write professionally, then several more, highly valuable years studying fiction writing at the University of Iowa.
If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.
I have found, in short, from reading my own writing, that my subject in fiction is the action of grace in territory largely held by the devil.
People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
The problem with fiction, it has to be plausible. That's not true with non-fiction.
The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.
I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
It's always wrong of course to say that you can't do this or you can't do that in fiction. You can do anything you can get away with, but nobody has ever gotten away with much.
Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.
Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
Geisha because when I was living in Japan, I met a fellow whose mother was a geisha, and I thought that was kind of fascinating and ended up reading about the subject just about the same time I was getting interested in writing fiction.
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.