"Long fiction is wonderful and you can lose yourself in it as a reader and as a writer, but short stories don’t allow the same kind of immersion. Often the best stories hold you back and make you witness them. This may be one of the reasons some people reject the form. That and the fact that they are harder work to read. A story will not let you get comfortable and settle in. It is like a stool that is so small that you must always be aware of sitting."

Isobelle Carmody (via writingquotes)

"In almost every instance of doubt and frustration, you can write your way out of the rut."

K.M. Weiland (x)

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"[Science fiction is] out in the mainstream now. You can tell by the way mainstream literary authors pillage SF while denying they’re writing it!"

Terry Pratchett (via writingquotes)

"A hidden nerve is what every writer is ultimately about. It’s what all writers wish to uncover when writing about themselves in this age of the personal memoir. And yet it’s also the first thing every writer learns to sidestep, to disguise, as though this nerve were a deep and shameful secret that needs to be swathed in many sheaths."

André Aciman (via writingquotes)


What things do you feel are slipping through your fingers?


What things do you feel are slipping through your fingers?

"Authors were shy, unsociable creatures, atoning for their lack of social aptitude by inventing their own companions and conversations."

Agatha Christie (via writingquotes)

"The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul – BOOKS."

Emily Dickinson (via writingquotes)

"The real problem with clichés is that they deprive us of genuine details, which, through less sensational, are both more convincing and more interesting…. The truth is the best weapon we have for authenticity against cliché: Whether it’s the literal truth or the truth of imagination doesn’t matter."

Jordan E. Rosenfeld (via writingquotes)

"An author places himself uncalled before the tribunal of criticism and solicits fame at the hazard of disgrace."

Samuel Johnson (via writingquotes)

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