Unfamiliar Quotations

Writers (see also Literature, Mystery Fiction and Writing)

"I am the Debbie Harry of crime writing." - Val McDermid

"The only thing better than holding a book is holding a book with your name on it." - Kate Thornton


"Underlings are people who don't italicize." - Michael Bracken

"I'm always writing about 23-year-old semi-virgins." -Jude Deveraux

"I have only one bit of advice to beginning writers: be sure your novel is read by Rodgers and Hammerstein." - James Michener


“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.” - Dorothy Parker


"A writer's memory is about the last person's you should trust." - Dennis Lehane

"A writer never takes a trip purely for pleasure." - Fredfitch


"Other people have 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders. I have 'No One Edits My Manuscript.'" - -Connie Willis.

"Every other writer's process is sort of vaguely scary and appalling." - Daryl Gregory


"An author is well-advised to use his or her name fearlessly." - Mac Fleming, writing under the name Donald Maconochie

"The English may not always be the best writers in the world, but they are incomparably the best dull writers." -  Raymond Chandler

“Novel finished. I re-enter life.” Georges Simenon

“Before I was 25, I wrote the three novels that every writer has in him: the one about star-crossed love, the one about childhood, and the one you don’t know how to write.” - Charles McCarry

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” - Louis L’Amour.

"When I am dead I hope it may be said: 'His sins were scarlet but his books were read.'" - Hilaire Belloc

"I like Hemingway and I like a lot Jewish writers (such as) Saul Bellow." -General Wesley Clark.

"Unless you count Saint Paul, book tours are a recent phenomenon." -Lawrence Block

"Why do writers write? Because it isn't there." -Thomas Berger

"I've seen the greatest minds of my generation writing ad copy." -Chris Chandler
 
"An editor's job is to take something great and make it good." -Kinky Friedman


"A writer who claims to have a small ego is either not telling the truth, or lying." -William DeAndrea
 
"Books are like your children. They take nine months to write; the manuscript weighs six pounds and...you send them out into the world and hope that some day they'll send back money." -Edna Buchanan

"All babies are incoherent, but they grow up. That is the principle difference between an infant and a poet." -Sharyn McCrumb