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Screenwriting is a much more collaborative effort. When you write a novel, it's just you, with input from your editor.

Tags: Effort, Write  ✍ Author: Meg Cabot

A novel points out that the world consists entirely of exceptions.

Tags: Exceptions, Points  ✍ Author: Joyce Carey

I never know as a writer when I set out into a novel where it's going to take me.

Tags: Writer  ✍ Author: Kim Edwards

Novel writing is the slowest art form in the world. It is not a sprint. It is not even a marathon. It is a series of marathons that stretch over and over across a continent.

Tags: Art, Writing  ✍ Author: Philip Gilbert Hamerton

A reader should encounter themselves in a novel, I think.

Tags: Reader, Themselves  ✍ Author: Philip Gilbert Hamerton

For me, writing a novel is like solving a puzzle. But I don't intend my novels as puzzles. I intend them as invitations to dance.

Tags: Dance, Writing  ✍ Author: Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Novel writing is solitary work.

Tags: Work, Writing  ✍ Author: Philip Gilbert Hamerton

When I feel like being a director, I write a novel.

Tags: Director, Write  ✍ Author: John Irving

I never know when I finish the novel I am writing which will be the next novel out of the station.

Tags: Next, Writing  ✍ Author: John Irving

The building of the architecture of a novel - the craft of it - is something I never tire of.

Tags: Building, Craft  ✍ Author: John Irving

There's no reason you should write any novel quickly.

Tags: Reason, Write  ✍ Author: John Irving

The surprise with which a detective novel concludes should set up tragic vibrations which run backward through the entire structure.

Tags: Run, Surprise  ✍ Author: Ross MacDonald

Lost Illusion is the undisclosed title of every novel.

Tags: Illusion, Lost  ✍ Author: Andre Maurois

I've never abandoned the novel.

Tags: Abandoned  ✍ Author: V. S. Naipaul

Everyone deserves to be the hero of a novel.

Tags: Everyone, Hero  ✍ Author: William Nicholson

When I began to write seriously, 40 years ago now, my chosen form was the novel.

Tags: Seriously, Write  ✍ Author: William Nicholson

I have survived by representing these sufferings of mine in the form of the novel.

Tags: Mine, Sufferings  ✍ Author: Kenzaburo Oe

I see the poem or the novel ending with an open door.

Tags: Door, Open  ✍ Author: Michael Ondaatje

The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature.

Tags: Above, Literature  ✍ Author: George Orwell

Around the time I turned 30, I wanted to publish a novel.

Tags: Time, Wanted  ✍ Author: Sara Paretsky

The crime novel has always been my favourite genre.

Tags: Crime, Favourite  ✍ Author: Sara Paretsky

If I had to rank my skills, I have a long way to go before I can write a good graphic novel.

Tags: Good, Write  ✍ Author: Ted Rall

When I put together a graphic novel, I don't think about literary prose. I think about storytelling.

Tags: Put, Together  ✍ Author: Ted Rall

A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.

Tags: Philosophy, Put  ✍ Author: Jim Rohn

In a novel you have to resist the urge to tell everything.

Tags: Resist, Tell  ✍ Author: J. K. Rowling
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Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.

Tags: Life, Often  ✍ Author: George Sand

The novel is not so much a literary genre, but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers.

Tags: Sea, Space  ✍ Author: Jose Saramago

The novel moves like all the arts. It's transforming itself all the time.

Tags: Arts, Time  ✍ Author: Nathalie Sarraute

Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.

Tags: Less, Night  ✍ Author: Henry David Thoreau

I wasn't sitting around years ago thinking, 'I really want to write a novel.'

Tags: Thinking, Write  ✍ Author: Kurt Waldheim

My new novel 'Red Hook Road' began many years ago as a short article in the newspaper.

Tags: Road, Short  ✍ Author: Ayelet Waldman

I think I would explode in flames of irony if I were to option an idea that I was satirizing in a novel.

Tags: Idea, Irony  ✍ Author: Jess Walter

The first seven years that I wrote fiction, I sent out stories and a novel and made a total of $25.

Tags: Fiction, Stories  ✍ Author: Jess Walter

The way this whole novel thing came together was, I sold them one bill of goods and then didn't communicate very well. I am like Captain Run-on Sentence.

Tags: Together, Whole  ✍ Author: Ahmet Zappa

No novel has ever changed anything, as far as I can see.

Tags: Changed, Far  ✍ Author: Martin Amis

I sold my very first novel when I was 24 or 25 years old.

Tags: Old, Sold  ✍ Author: Kevin J. Anderson

No novel is a clone of any preceding one, though with a background cast of characters and things that has grown to thousands, there are many familiar aspects.

Tags: Characters, Though  ✍ Author: Piers Anthony

It would be easier to write a novel without reader input, but I feel the fiction is richer for it.

Tags: Fiction, Write  ✍ Author: Piers Anthony

I did not know at first that it would be a series; I discovered after the first novel that I had more to say about it, so I did another. And another, and then the readers demanded yet more.

Tags: After, Another  ✍ Author: Piers Anthony

The novel is a penetrating study of morals and ethics.

Tags: Ethics, Study  ✍ Author: Bille August

The novel is resilient, and so are novelists.

Tags: Novelists, Resilient  ✍ Author: John Banville

Do we tend to recall the most important parts of a novel or those that speak most directly to us, the truest lines or the flashiest ones?

Tags: Lines, Speak  ✍ Author: Julian Barnes

In 1980, I published my first novel, in the usual swirl of unjustified hope and justified anxiety.

Tags: Anxiety, Hope  ✍ Author: Julian Barnes

I started my first novel when I was 10, and have produced thousands of pages of juvenilia since.

Tags: Since, Started  ✍ Author: Swizz Beatz

The impulse of the journalist is to be novel, yet to relate his curiosities to the urgencies of the moment; the philosopher seeks what he conceives to be true, regardless of the moment.

Tags: Moment, True  ✍ Author: Daniel Bell

I wrote the worst novel ever.

Tags: Worst, Wrote  ✍ Author: Sophie Ellis Bextor

I'm skeptical that the novel will be 're-invented.'

Tags: Skeptical  ✍ Author: Jeff Bezos

Well, the research into it affected me. And the novel, it very much strengthened my faith.

Tags: Faith, Research  ✍ Author: William Peter Blatty

If a theme or idea is too near the surface, the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea.

Tags: Idea, Simply  ✍ Author: Elizabeth Bowen

I'm working on a nonfiction book on Nepal and a novel about diasporas.

Tags: Book, Working  ✍ Author: Louise Brown

There's never a false note in a Berg novel.

Tags: False, Note  ✍ Author: Augusten Burroughs

If you have to deal with our friends at ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it's like a Kafka novel. Files just disappear.

Tags: Deal, Friends  ✍ Author: Jeb Bush

A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.

Tags: Average, Good  ✍ Author: Lord Chesterfield

Comics seldom move me the way I would be moved by a novel or movie.

Tags: Move, Movie  ✍ Author: Daniel Clowes

A novel is like a sausage. You might like the final taste but you don't want to see how it was made.

Tags: Final, Might  ✍ Author: Harlan Coben

Oh you know, I've been writing a novel.

Tags: Oh, Writing  ✍ Author: Jarvis Cocker

The novel avoids the sublime and seeks out the interesting.

Tags: Seeks, Sublime  ✍ Author: Tre Cool

Some writers can produce marvelous plots without planning it out, but I can't. In particular I need to know the structure of a novel: what's going to happen in each chapter and each scene.

Tags: Happen, Writers  ✍ Author: Emma Donoghue

A memoir is always the most authentic telling of a situation, but a novel gets to different places.

Tags: Places, Situation  ✍ Author: Emma Donoghue

If I'm going to invest the time in a novel, I want something more than the entertainment you get out of most genre fiction.

Tags: Fiction, Time  ✍ Author: Arne Duncan

I've had a lot of books rejected in my time. My first novel, which didn't get published, was, with hindsight, crashingly dull.

Tags: Books, Time  ✍ Author: Helen Fielding

Novel writing wrecks homes.

Tags: Homes, Writing  ✍ Author: C. S. Forester

I invented the historical spy novel.

Tags: Historical, Spy  ✍ Author: Alan Furst

The Pacific Northwest, and particularly Whidbey Island, is extremely suited to be a location in a novel.

Tags: Island, Location  ✍ Author: Elizabeth George

The theory of founder effects does not explain how novel features like plumage traits arise.

Tags: Explain, Theory  ✍ Author: Lee Grant

A scrupulous man will never produce a great novel.

Tags: Great, Scrupulous  ✍ Author: Julien Green

Somehow, you can achieve a directness in the novel that you can't get anywhere else.

Tags: Achieve, Else  ✍ Author: Zac Hanson

The novel has always been the form that incorporates other forms. For me, it has always been the ultimate medium.

Tags: Forms, Ultimate  ✍ Author: Zac Hanson

I couldn't resist hiding some historical details and a few clues relevant to the plot and characters of 'A Discovery of Witches' throughout the pages of the novel.

Tags: Characters, Few  ✍ Author: Tom Harkin

The financial markets tend to be just a backdrop for a novel, for a heist or something that isn't necessarily integral to it. On the whole, I don't think the financial world has been well served by novels.

Tags: Financial, Whole  ✍ Author: Robert Harris

It was my angry, Dickensian novel, I suppose. It was cathartic - I expended a lot of frustration on that one.

Tags: Angry, Suppose  ✍ Author: Richard Helms

I resist when someone calls me a novelist: it implies some kind of inherent superiority of the novel. I'm not a novelist, I'm a writer.

Tags: Someone, Writer  ✍ Author: Aleksandar Hemon

'Annapurna' is a sort of novel. It's a novel, but a true novel.

Tags: True  ✍ Author: Maurice Herzog

Writing a story is kind of like surfing, as opposed to the novel, where you use a GPS to get somewhere. With surfing, you kind of jump.

Tags: Story, Writing  ✍ Author: Etgar Keret

I wrote a novel about the combat experiences I didn't have in Vietnam.

Tags: Combat, Vietnam  ✍ Author: Tracy Kidder

What do you do in a novel? You take recognizable characters from your own life, and you fantasize about what they're really like.

Tags: Characters, Life  ✍ Author: Joe Klein

When I'm working on a novel, I work 70-hour weeks.

Tags: Work, Working  ✍ Author: Dean Koontz

I don't fret over lost time - I can always use the situations in a novel.

Tags: Lost, Time  ✍ Author: Jerzy Kosinski

Only in a novel are all things given full play.

Tags: Full  ✍ Author: D. H. Lawrence

I never know what's going to happen in a novel. I don't have a plan or an outline.

Tags: Happen, Plan  ✍ Author: Donna Leon

There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.

Tags: Laws, Nor  ✍ Author: Doris Lessing

In my third novel there is an actual black hole that swallows everything you love.

Tags: Black, Love  ✍ Author: Jonathan Lethem

Every novel generates its own climate, when you get going.

Tags: Climate  ✍ Author: Penelope Lively

There is no better way of elevating the novel than by making it into a construct which contains ideas.

Tags: Ideas, Making  ✍ Author: Heinrich Mann

A novel should be a book of questions, not a book of answers.

Tags: Book, Questions  ✍ Author: Hilary Mantel

I'm a very organised and rational and linear thinker, and you have to stop all that to write a novel.

Tags: Stop, Write  ✍ Author: Hilary Mantel

When one is writing a novel in the first person, one must be that person.

Tags: Writing  ✍ Author: Daphne du Maurier

Newt Gingrich wrote a novel, and he's a short story. Bill Clinton wrote a biography, and he's a novel.

Tags: Short, Story  ✍ Author: Danny McBride

The suspense of a novel is not only in the reader, but in the novelist, who is intensely curious about what will happen to the hero.

Tags: Happen, Hero  ✍ Author: Mary McCarthy

Publishers send me a lot of first novels because my first novel was the defining novel of my career, and I guess a lot of people want my benediction or something.

Tags: Career, Guess  ✍ Author: Jay McInerney

My first novel took 12 years to complete because life got in my way.

Tags: Life, Took  ✍ Author: David O. McKay

Before trying a novel I wrote a couple of plays.

Tags: Couple, Trying  ✍ Author: James Merrill

A screenplay is not a finished product; a novel is. A screenplay is a blueprint for something - for a building that will most likely never be built.

Tags: Building, Finished  ✍ Author: Nicholas Meyer

The first thing that put me on the map was my Sherlock Holmes novel.

Tags: Map, Put  ✍ Author: Nicholas Meyer

In a novel, I could submerge my ego in a character's and let his perceptions take over.

Tags: Character, Ego  ✍ Author: Elizabeth Moon

I have nothing revolutionary or even novel to offer.

Tags: Offer  ✍ Author: Samuel E. Morison

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.

Tags: Read, Wanted  ✍ Author: Toni Morrison

A good novel is a good novel, pointe finale. And I think what I'm writing is exactly that.

Tags: Good, Writing  ✍ Author: William Pennington

If I had a plot that was all set in advance, why would I want go through the agony of writing the novel? A novel is a kind of exploration and discovery, for me at any rate.

Tags: Why, Writing  ✍ Author: Chaim Potok

The 'information novel' shouldn't be a curiosity. It should be absolutely mainstream.

Tags: Curiosity, Mainstream  ✍ Author: Richard Powers

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