The novel’s spirit is the spirit of complexity. Every novel says to the reader: “Things are not as simple as you think.” That is the novel’s eternal truth, but it grows steadily harder to hear amid the din of easy,… Read more

The novel’s spirit is the spirit of complexity. Every novel says to the reader: “Things are not as simple as you think.” That is the novel’s eternal truth, but it grows steadily harder to hear amid the din of easy,… Read more

A writer caught reading can legitimately say, ‘I’m working.’ Because every sentence we read informs the sentences we write. Every word picture we linger over helps expand our skill at creating gripping analogies, metaphors, similes. Every page we turn develops… Read more

A writer caught reading can legitimately say, ‘I’m working.’ Because every sentence we read informs the sentences we write. Every word picture we linger over helps expand our skill at creating gripping analogies, metaphors, similes. Every page we turn develops… Read more

A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick – a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart. Neil Gaiman (via writingbonesblog)

A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick – a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart. Neil Gaiman (via writingbonesblog)

“An effective story grabs your gut, tightens your throat, makes your heart race and your lungs pump, brings tears to your eyes or an explosion of laughter to your lips.” ~Christopher Vogler -LiteraryLightbox.com

“An effective story grabs your gut, tightens your throat, makes your heart race and your lungs pump, brings tears to your eyes or an explosion of laughter to your lips.” ~Christopher Vogler -LiteraryLightbox.com

sassypandacandy: Ahaaaaa I’m laughing but inside it hurts “Give someone a book, and they’ll read for a day. Teach someone how to write a book, and they’ll experience a lifetime of paralyzing self-doubt.” ~Lauren DeStefano, via Twitter

sassypandacandy: Ahaaaaa I’m laughing but inside it hurts “Give someone a book, and they’ll read for a day. Teach someone how to write a book, and they’ll experience a lifetime of paralyzing self-doubt.” ~Lauren DeStefano, via Twitter

Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak? A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness (via arnnathebookcook)

Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak? A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness (via arnnathebookcook)

“I like stories where women save themselves.” ~Neil Gaiman

“I like stories where women save themselves.” ~Neil Gaiman