Better to have a small role in God's story than to cast yourself as the lead in your own fiction.— LeCrae
Famous Fictional Stories quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
The world is full of fictional characters looking for their stories
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.
You have the power to say - This is not how my story will end.
My mother, whom I love dearly, has continually revised my life story within the context of a complicated family history that includes more than the usual share of divorce, step-children, dysfunction, and obfuscation. I've spent most of my adult life attempting to deconstruct that history and separate fact from fiction.
Crime fiction makes money. It may be harder for writers to get published, but crime is doing better than most of what we like to call CanLit. It's elementary, plot-driven, character-rich story-telling at its best.
Reflecting on these complex relationships between reader and story, fiction and life, can constitute a form of therapy against the sleep of reason, which generates monsters.
Behind every girl's favorite song there is an untold story.
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.
A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.
It's a damn good story. If you have any comments, write them on the back of a check.
One bad chapter does not mean your story is over.
Short fiction seems more targeted - hand grenades of ideas, if you will.
When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them. Long fiction feels more like atmosphere: it's a lot smokier and less defined.
Babylon 5 is probably the biggest, most ambitious television science fiction series ever made. It's one big novel told over five years with 110 different stories told within it.
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.
Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on.
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.
Transmedia storytelling represents a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience. Ideally, each medium makes its own unique contribution to the unfolding of the story.
Wars produce many stories of fiction, some of which are told until they are believed to be true.
Travel and tell no one, live a true love story and tell no one, live happily and tell no one, people ruin beautiful things.
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.
Fact is often stranger than fiction because most writers of fiction try to make their stories plausible.
You Can, end of story !
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.
Fiction and non-fiction are only different techniques of story telling.
For reasons I do not fully understand, fiction dances out of me. Non-fiction is wrenched out by the aching, broken world I wake up to every morning.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
Your past is just a story, and once you realise this, It has not power over you.
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime.
... I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories - science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.
I want the reader to feel something is astonishing.
Not the 'what happens,' but the way everything happens. These long short story fictions do that best, for me.
You know my name. Not my story.
My fiction is a very accurate reflection of the world we live in.
Certainly, in some stories, that reflection is amplified but America elected a man who enjoys grabbing women by their pussies.
Anecdotes don't make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
Every story would be another story, and unrecognizable if it took up its characters and plot and happened somewhere else ... Fiction depends for its life on place. Place is the crossroads of circumstance, the proving ground of, What happened? Who's here? Who's coming?
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
The mysteriousness and mystique of space is such, that science fiction attempts to tantalize you by telling you a story that could possibly be out there and that's the appeal of science fiction.
I spent much of my prison time reading.
I must have read over 200 large books, mostly fictional stories about the American pioneers, the Vikings, Mafia, etc. As long as I was engrossed in a book, I was not in prison. Reading was my escape.
In science there is a dictum: don't add an experiment to an experiment.
Don't make things unnecessarily complicated. In writing fiction, the more fantastic the tale, the plainer the prose should be. Don't ask your readers to admire your words when you want them to believe your story.
People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories and magic.
Fiction is truth. I think fiction is the truest thing there ever was. My whole effort is to remove that distinction. The writer is the midwife of understanding. It's very important for me to tell politics like a story, to make it real.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any.
I have always held the old-fashioned opinion that the primary object of work of fiction should be to tell a story.
Memoirists, unlike fiction writers, do not really want to 'tell a story.
' They want to tell it all - the all of personal experience, of consciousness itself. That includes a story, but also the whole expanding universe of sensation and thought ... Memoirists wish to tell their mind. Not their story.
People love gossip because it's slightly removed from actuality.
It's a very literary thing... You can hear a great story, and it turns out that it's largely not true. Fiction writing is like gossip. It's not malicious gossip, but it's gossip.