Best Quotes About Novel

There are many reasons why novelists write, but they all have one thing in common – a need to create an alternative world. -John Fowles

America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty. I will belong to the select few. -Will Rogers

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it. -Russell Lynes

The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it. -Carl Rogers

Historian: an unsuccessful novelist. -H. L. Mencken

A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. -Edward Teller

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief… that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart. -Walter Lippmann

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. -W. Somerset Maugham

The ordinariness of living to be old is too novel a thing to appreciate. -Ronald Blythe

Aphorisms are bad for novels. They stick in the reader's teeth. -Anatole Broyard

I got this idea of doing a really serious big work-it would be precisely like a novel, with a single difference: Every word of it would be true from beginning to end. -Truman Capote

I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality by contact with this great novel land of yours which sticks up out of the Atlantic. -Winston Churchill

At a certain point my novels set. They set just as hard as that jam jar. And then I know they are finished. -Ivy Compton-Burnett

Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life. -Eudora Welty

Life is God's novel. Let him write it. -Isaac Bashevis Singer

The economy of a novelist is a little like that of a careful housewife who is unwilling to throw away anything that might perhaps serve its turn. -Graham Greene

The news is staged, anticipated, reported, analyzed until all interest is wrung from it and abandoned for some new novelty. -Thomas Griffith

Lost Illusion is the undisclosed title of every novel. -Andre Maurois

One should be able to return to the first sentence of a novel and find the resonances of the entire work. -Gloria Naylor

If you wrote a novel in South Africa which didn't concern the central issues, it wouldn't be worth publishing. -Alan Paton

They say great themes make great novels. but what these young writers don't understand is that there is no greater theme than men and women. -John O'Hara

It takes a lot of energy and a lot of neurosis to write a novel. If you were really sensible, you'd do something else. -Lawrence Durrell

Landscape is to American painting what sex and psychoanalysis are to the American novel. -Robert Hughes

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

A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected. -W. Somerset Maugham

I would sooner read a time-table or a catalogue than nothing at all. They are much more entertaining than half the novels that are written. -W. Somerset Maugham

It's not a good idea to put your wife into a novel; not your latest wife anyway. -Norman Mailer

Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them. -Virginia Woolf

Writing a novel is like making love, but it's also like having a tooth pulled. Pleasure and pain. Sometimes it's like making love while having a tooth pulled. -Dean Koontz

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae. -Kurt Vonnegut

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. -Thomas Carlyle

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person. -Anais Nin

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual. -Honore de Balzac

The final test for a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define. -E. M. Forster

I can't understand why a person will take a year to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars. -Fred Allen

When you get something like MTV, it's like regular television. You get it, and at first it's novel and brand new and then you watch every channel, every show. And then you become a little more selective and more selective, until ultimately… you wind up with a radio. -David Lee Roth

A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper. -Stanley Kubrick

Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview – nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty. -Stephen Jay Gould

The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition. -W. H. Auden

Every author really wants to have letters printed in the papers. Unable to make the grade, he drops down a rung of the ladder and writes novels. -P. G. Wodehouse

I have never known a novel that was good enough to be good in spite of its being adapted to the author's political views. -Edith Wharton

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence – a lot passes you by – simply because your attention is otherwise diverted. -Anita Brookner

A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction. -Graham Greene

The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists' discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish. -Milan Kundera

A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality. -Milan Kundera

All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual. -Milan Kundera

For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence? -Milan Kundera

It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels. -Aldous Huxley

Sir Walter, with his 61 years of life, although he never wrote a novel until he was over 40, had, fortunately for the world, a longer working career than most of his brethren. -Arthur Conan Doyle

No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing. -Mario Vargas Llosa

A novel is a mirror carried along a main road. -Stendhal

At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable. -Raymond Chandler

The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting. -Henry James

The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life. -Henry James

Writers of novels and romance in general bring a double loss to their readers; robbing them of their time and money; representing men, manners, and things, that never have been, or are likely to be. -Mary Wortley Montagu

If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist. -Norman Mailer

If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead. How liberating to work in the margins, outside a central perception. You are the ghoul of literature. Lovely. -Don DeLillo

A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past. -Vladimir Nabokov

Manners are of such great consequence to the novelist that any kind will do. Bad manners are better than no manners at all, and because we are losing our customary manners, we are probably overly conscious of them; this seems to be a condition that produces writers. -Flannery O'Connor

Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties. -John Irving

Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets. -Anthony Burgess

A great novel is concerned primarily with the interior lives of its characters as they respond to the inconvenient narratives that fate imposes on them. Movie adaptations of these monumental fictions often fail because they become mere exercises in interior decoration. -Richard Schickel

A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life. -Saul Bellow

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms. -Angela Carter

It is not the first duty of the novelist to provide blueprints for insurrection, or uplifting tales of successful resistance for the benefit of the opposition. The naming of what is there is what is important. -Ian Mcewan

Things were easier for the old novelists who saw people all of a piece. Speaking generally, their heroes were good through and through, their villains wholly bad. -W. Somerset Maugham

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

Every novelist has a different purpose – and often several purposes which might even be contradictory. -Irwin Shaw

A novel should be an experience and convey an emotional truth rather than arguments. -Joyce Cary

Do your bit to save humanity from lapsing back into barbarity by reading all the novels you can. -Richard Hughes

As a novelist, I tell stories and people give me money. Then financial planners tell me stories and I give them money. -Martin Cruz Smith

There are three things which the public will always clamor for, sooner or later: namely, novelty, novelty, novelty. -Thomas Hood

Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history. -Nicolas Chamfort

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. -Daniel Bell

I was uncomfortable writing fiction. My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel. -Alain de Botton

I write easily, let's put it that way. And in a novel particularly, the characters take over. And they tell me what to say and they tell me what they're doing. And I'm a third of the way into a novel and then I just let the characters finish it for me. -Andrew Greeley

In all my novels, I deal with the many problems and prejudices which exist for Black people in Britain today. -Buchi Emecheta

I wanted nothing less than to be a fiction writer when I was a kid. If you had told me I would be an artist or novelist when I grew up, I would have laughed in your face. -Caleb Carr

In the West, audiences think I am a stereotyped action star, or that I always play hitmen or killers. But in Hong Kong, I did a lot of comedy, many dramatic films, and most of all, romantic roles, lots of love stories. I was like a romance novel hero. -Chow Yun-Fat

An Adult faith does not follow the waves of fashion and the latest novelties. -Pope Benedict XVI

Everyone assumes that novelists are smarter and more interesting. They're generally smarter and more interesting, but they're often very short. So it kind of cancels all the smart and interesting stuff out. -Liev Schreiber

A playwright must be his own audience. A novelist may lose his readers for a few pages; a playwright never dares lose his audience for a minute. -Terence Rattigan

The function of the novelist… is to comment upon life as he sees it. -Frank Norris

I try to keep all my novels in print. Sometimes publishers don't agree with me as to their worth. -Evan Hunter

My advice to anyone adapting a novel is that once they've read it and learnt to understand it, then they must throw it away and never look at it again! -Ben Elton

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. -Nicholas Meyer

Before I was reading science fiction, I read Hemingway. Farewell to Arms was my first adult novel that said not everything ends well. It was one of those times where reading has meant a great deal to me, in terms of my development – an insight came from that book. -Robert Reed

Well, to be honest I think I'm a better short story writer than a novelist. Novels I find very hard, hours and hours, weeks and weeks, of conscious thought – whereas short stories slip out painlessly in a few days. -Eric Brown

It's like a novelist writing far out things. If it makes a point and makes sense, then people like to read that. But if it's off in left field and goes over the edge, you lose it. The same with musical talent, I think. -Johnny Cash

Only in a novel are all things given full play. -D. H. Lawrence

I had always said to myself that forty was the cut off point of my apprenticeship which may for some people sound like a very long one, but the novel as art is a middle-aged art. -Jane Rule

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart. -Richard Adams

I attempt to write a good novel. Whether it is literature or not is something that will be decided by the ages, not by me and not by a pack of critics around the globe. -Elizabeth George

It is the job of the novelist to touch the reader. -Elizabeth George

I think every age has a medium that talks to it more eloquently than the others. In the 19th century it was symphonic music and the novel. For various technical and artistic reasons, film became that eloquent medium for the 20th century. -Walter Murch

But novels are never about what they are about; that is, there is always deeper, or more general, significance. The author may not be aware of this till she is pretty far along with it. -Diane Johnson

Dostoevski does not tell you what to think about his legend, but he requires that you think about it. The novelist was a deeply religious man and he always thought many readers missed that point about him. -Suzanne Fields

A novel's whole pattern is rarely apparent at the outset of writing, or even at the end; that is when the writer finds out what a novel is about, and the job becomes one of understanding and deepening or sharpening what is already written. That is finding the theme. -Diane Johnson

Our life is a book that writes itself and whose principal themes sometimes escape us. We are like characters in a novel who do not always understand what the author wants of them. -Julien Green

A scrupulous man will never produce a great novel. -Julien Green

In the course of her education she had gone through the history usually put into the hands of young people… now her ripened reason gave to her present study at least the advantage of novelty. -Charlotte Smith

Today, there are more opportunities for writers in terms of access to larger success, but it's more difficult to publish a literary novel in the lower ranges. In other words, you almost have to hit a home run. You can hit a triple, maybe, but nobody's interested in a single. -James Lee Burke

What description of clouds and sunsets was to the old novelist, description of scientific apparatus and methods is to the modern Scientific Detective writer. -Hugo Gernsback

Normal science does not aim at novelties of fact or theory and, when successful, finds none. -Thomas Kuhn

By reading a lot of novels in a variety of genres, and asking questions, it's possible to learn how things are done – the mechanics of writing, so to speak – and which genres and authors excel in various areas. -Nicholas Sparks

What's the challenge in writing a novel that few people will read? I'm more than happy writing what I do and have no plans to change that. -Nicholas Sparks

I do not use profanity in my novels. My characters all go to church. -Nicholas Sparks

I don't believe there can be a poetic novel without political consciousness. I have a strong political conscience. -Marguerite Young

By asking a novel question that you don't know the answer to, you discover whether you can formulate a way of finding the answer, and you stretch your own mind, and very often you learn something new. -Walter Gilbert

The best project is one that asks a novel question. -Walter Gilbert

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

When I was growing up, I always read horror books, while my sister read romance novels. -Dorothy Allison

The more the schemata are differentiated, the smaller the gap between the new and the familiar becomes, so that novelty, instead of constituting an annoyance avoided by the subject, becomes a problem and invites searching. -Jean Piaget

But I have always – ever since The Accidental Woman – written novels about individuals attempting to make choices in the context of situations over which they have no control. -Jonathan Coe

It seems to me that you would have to write a novel on a very small, intimate scale for it not to become political. -Jonathan Coe

I think it's also the case that I'm not as widely travelled, or as well-educated in history, as most of the other novelists I meet: so I have to write about my own country, at the present time, because it's more or less all I know about! -Jonathan Coe

It's only a drawback in the States, where most people seem to have no real interest in other countries and the notion of a novel which might offer insight into life in the UK doesn't seem to appeal very widely. -Jonathan Coe

You would go mad if you began to speculate about the impact your novel might have while you were still writing it. -Jonathan Coe

I have two ideas for novels at the moment, neither of them all that conventional, but I'm not ready to choose between them yet, let alone settle down to the process of writing. -Jonathan Coe

But at the same time, I have trouble keeping things out of books, which is why I don't write short stories because they turn into novels. -Jonathan Coe

The writer I feel the most affinity with – you said you felt my books are 19th century novels, I think they're 18th century novels – is Fielding, Henry Fielding, he's the guy who does it for me. -Jonathan Coe

In Hollywood we acquire the finest novels in order to smell the leather bindings. -Ernst Lubitsch

When I'm writing a novel, I'm dealing with a double life. I live in the present at the same time that I live in the past with my characters. It is this that makes a novelist so eccentric and unpleasant. -John Phillips Marquand

I don't think that you can be prescriptive about anything, I mean, life is too complicated. Maybe there are novels where the author has not in the least thought about it in terms of film, which can be turned into good films. -Paul Auster

I don't know if she should worry too much, I mean some of our greatest writers have had movies made of their books, lots of Hemingway novels were turned into movies, it doesn't hurt the book. -Paul Auster

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

I may attempt a novel. I think that no matter what you write, it requires being honest with oneself, and you have to pull yourself out of the whirlwind of daily life. -Iris Chang

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

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

If I'd had more time or been a better writer, I would have tried to put the same ideas and experiences into a novel. But I didn't so I slapped it up on the Web. -Philip Greenspun

I don't like to read novels where the novelist tells me what to think about the situation and the characters. I prefer to discover for myself. -Frederick Wiseman

I take a lot from everywhere. I take from music, architecture, novels, and plays. Anywhere that hits you. -Alex Winter

Restoration I did because I really loved e novel and I like Michael Hoffman, who directed it, but it wasn't a really challenging part for me. I'm not critical of the film: I just don't think I gave a very interesting performance. -David Thewlis

My temperament is not geared to that of a novelist. -Philip Levine

My dream was to be known as a writer and to be able to produce at least one book that would be read by people. That dream came true with the publication of my first novel – and all the rest has been a sweet bonus. -Robert Cormier

Many characters in the novel are representative of types that exist in India. He represents the caste system in India with an air of superiority, the caste system in India and the people thinking that western things are better. -Anita Desai

Jigsaw Lady is the working title of a science fiction novel I've had in my head for darn near 15 years. I think I'll start work on it next year (in all my spare time) but I'd like to get it finished some day. -Raymond E. Feist

I don't see novels ending with any real sense of closure. -Michael Ondaatje

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

You want to suggest something new, but at the same time, resolve the drama of the action in the novel. -Michael Ondaatje

You're getting everyone's point of view at the same time, which, for me, is the perfect state for a novel: a cubist state, the cubist novel. -Michael Ondaatje

I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after, which may be something more like this again, maybe some strange mixture of fiction and non-fiction. -Penelope Lively

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

The pleasure of writing fiction is that you are always spotting some new approach, an alternative way of telling a story and manipulating characters; the novel is such a wonderfully flexible form. -Penelope Lively

America may have great poets and novelists, but she never will have more than one necromancer. -Rebecca Harding Davis

I was thinking about what I wanted to write next, after my first novel, and had decided that I wanted to write a story with a lot of strong female characters in it. -Joan D. Vinge

Here was a fragment of Goddess myth that, through all its permutations, had somehow escaped being turned on its head. It was the perfect springboard for the sort of novel I wanted to write. -Joan D. Vinge

Nationalism – in other words, the dividing of the church into bodies – consisting of such and such a nation, is a novelty, not above three centuries old, although many dear children of God are found dwelling in it. -John Nelson Darby

I sold my very first novel when I was 24 or 25 years old. -Kevin J. Anderson

The key to this collaboration – which we undertook after much deliberation – was to stretch creatively. New characters, new locales, new form (the novella). -Jonathan Kellerman

Each novel is harder than its predecessor because I must work harder at not repeating myself. However, I enjoy the challenge. This is the greatest job in the world. -Jonathan Kellerman

Time spent researching varies from book to book. Some novels require months, even years of research, others very little. I try to do most of my research before I begin but inevitably questions emerge during the writing. -Jonathan Kellerman

The world is full of novels in which characters simply say and do. There are certainly legitimate genres in which this is sufficient. But in real and lasting writing the character is. -Ruth Park

Strangely enough, the first character in Fried Green Tomatoes was the cafe, and the town. I think a place can be as much a character in a novel as the people. -Fannie Flagg

Of all the passions of mankind, the love of novelty most rules the mind. In search of this, from realm to realm we roam. Our fleets come loaded with every folly home. -Shelby Foote

Let's put it this way: if you are a novelist, I think you start out with a 20 word idea, and you work at it and you wind up with a 200,000 word novel. We, picture-book people, or at least I, start out with 200,000 words and I reduce it to 20. -Eric Carle

Noir is dead for me because historically, I think it's a simple view. I've taken it as far as it can go. I think I've expanded on it a great deal, taken it further than any other American novelist. -James Ellroy

A good novel editor is invisible. -Terri Windling

The actual Blue Rose murders, which lie at the core of the three novels, yield various incorrect solutions which assume the status of truth. -Peter Straub

There were a lot of adventure books for boys, historical novels by Kenneth Roberts, and whatever mystery novels the alarmed librarian imagined might not corrupt an eager but innocent youth. -Peter Straub

I also wanted to do something that I hadn't really seen in almost any black novels, which was a complex love story in which both people were extremely intelligent and talented and understood a lot of things and were still at odds getting it together. -Stanley Crouch

In my opinion, I think sarcasm and humor in a song, without turning it into a novelty song, is really charming. -Alanis Morissette

You are – all your experience just kind of accumulates, and the novel takes a richness of its own simply because it has the weight of all those years that one's put into it. -Donna Tartt

The novel is about five students of classics who are studying with a classics professor, and they take the ideas of the things that they're learning from him a bit too seriously, with terrible consequences. -Donna Tartt

In order for a long piece of work to engage a novelist over an extended period of time, it has to deal with questions that you find very important, that you're trying to work out. -Donna Tartt

I believe, in a funny way, the job of the novelist is to be out there on the fringes and speaking for an experience that has not really been spoken for. -Donna Tartt

My novels aren't really generated by a single conceptual spark; it's more a process of many different elements that come together unexpectedly over a long period of time. -Donna Tartt

The job of the novelist is to invent: to embroider, to color, to embellish, to make things up. -Donna Tartt

Actually, I enjoy the process of writing a big long novel. -Donna Tartt

I've written only two novels, but they're both long ones, and they each took a decade to write. -Donna Tartt

There's an expectation these days that novels – like any other consumer product – should be made on a production line, with one dropping from the conveyor belt every couple of years. -Donna Tartt

The Little Friend is a long book. It's also completely different from my first novel: different landscape, different characters, different use of language and diction, different approach to story. -Donna Tartt

My fellow students there were very smart, but the really novel thing was that they actually seemed to put a lot of effort into their school work. By the end of my first semester there, I began to get into that habit as well. -Eric Allin Cornell

San Francisco has long been a leader in the arts, nurturing generations of painters, sculptors, poets, novelists, playwrights, film-makers, and performing artists and innovators of every kind. -Gavin Newsom

In suspense novels even subplots about relationships have to have conflict. -Jeffery Deaver

The easy answer is that writing novels is a lot more fun than practicing law. -Jeffery Deaver

I spend eight months outlining and researching the novel before I begin to write a single word of the prose. -Jeffery Deaver

The 'interactive fiction' format hasn't changed in any fundamental way since the early 1970s, in the same way that the format of the novel hasn't since 1700. -Graham Nelson

With this first novel, I am just above the foothills, but I see the path to the top, and it is my desire to write compelling stories about everything that I find of interest. -Guy Johnson

So, how to stay inside the world of entertainment without actually getting another job? I felt the only logical answer was to become a novelist. So I wrote the first book – driven by some very real feelings of desperation – and it worked. -Lee Child

In my personal life, I'm a comic novel. But then, so are we all, because we're human beings. -Dean Koontz

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

I never discuss a novel while I'm writing it, for fear that talking about it will diminish my desire to write it. -Dean Koontz

When you're my age and you see a story, you better go for it pretty quickly. I'd just like to get a few more novels under my belt. -John le Carre

We have learned in recent years to translate almost all of political life in terms of conspiracy. And the spy novel, as never before, really, has come into its own. -John le Carre

You can be interested in a Jane Smiley novel whether or not anyone says a word. She enters into her characters' thoughts with great understanding and depth. -Richard Russo

When I start getting close to the end of a novel, something registers in the back of my mind for the next novel, so that I usually don't write, or take notes. And I certainly don't begin. I just allow things to percolate for a while. -Richard Russo

When I look back over my novels what I find is that when I think I'm finished with a theme, I'm generally not. And usually themes will recur from novel to novel in odd, new guises. -Richard Russo

I was pretty dead set against ever writing an academic novel. It's always been my view that there are already more than enough academic novels and that most of them aren't any good. Most of them are self-conscious and bitter, the work of people who want to settle grudges. -Richard Russo

You use simple brushstrokes in a screenplay for things over which you would take much greater pains in a novel. -Richard Russo

Therefore, when I considered this carefully, the contempt which I had to fear because of the novelty and apparent absurdity of my view, nearly induced me to abandon utterly the work I had begun. -Nicolaus Copernicus

The same parts of my brain get as excited as when I study bio or read a novel and write a paper on it. -Utada Hikaru

Many of my short stories (all unpublished) were horror, and the novel I'd just finished was horror, too. -Stephen R. George

So, I outlined a horror novel and started writing. -Stephen R. George

Actually, the 14 novels were written over a period of just over 6 years. -Stephen R. George

In the first year, 1988, I wrote and sold 3 novels. -Stephen R. George

For the novels I wrote before selling anything, I didn't outline much. I had a vague idea of the story. -Stephen R. George

Nonfiction that uses novelistic devices and strategies to shape the work. That's material that I really like. -Rick Moody

Like any good spy novel, the Cox Report alleges that Chinese spies penetrated four U.S. weapons research labs and stole important information on seven nuclear warhead designs. -Charles Bass

After I convinced them that I was a harmless novelist, I actually got them to give me a tour of the harem – which is usually off limits for tourists. -Dorothy Dunnett

I love Richard Yates, his work, and the novel, Revolutionary Road. It's a devastating novel. -Michael Chabon

I wrote a novel for my degree, and I'm very happy I didn't submit that to a publisher. I sympathize with my professors who had to read it. -David Eddings

I'm not constrained by being a genre writer. Any story I can imagine, I can cast as a fantasy novel and probably get it published. -Lynn Abbey

For me, writing a short story is much, much harder than writing a novel. -Lynn Abbey

Short-story writing requires an exquisite sense of balance. Novelists, frankly, can get away with more. A novel can have a dull spot or two, because the reader has made a different commitment. -Lynn Abbey

I've read short stories that are as dense as a 19th century novel and novels that really are short stories filled with a lot of helium. -Lynn Abbey

The phenomenon of university creative writing programs doesn't exist in France. The whole idea is regarded as a novelty, or an oddity. -Marilyn Hacker

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel. -Marilyn Hacker

I think by the time I was born, my parents had pretty well run the gauntlet with their kids. The novelty had kind of worn off by the time the twelfth child was born. I was lucky to get fed and changed, picked up and taken to school. -Owen Hart

There's a unique bond of trust between readers and authors that I don't believe exists in any other art form; as a reader, I trust a novelist to give me his or her best effort, however flawed. -Dan Simmons

But I think, and hope, that the novels can be understood and enjoyed as science fiction, on their own terms. -Dan Simmons

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

I like the idea of making big budget films with a heart. I like graphic novels more than comic books. -Matthew Vaughn

The principle that certain sins should not receive the Church's testimony of forgiveness was probably no novelty at all, but had been applied in various churches; perhaps, however, with no strict consistency. -Robert Rainy

Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty, and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as a writer enjoys providing one. -Walter Jon Williams

The stories have been told so often by those of us who supported President Reagan over the years that they seem mundane, almost like a fictional novel or a movie script. -William L. Jenkins

But here's the thing: what you do as a screenwriter is you sell your copyright. As a novelist, as a poet, as a playwright, you maintain your copyright. -Beth Henley

At one point I intended to write precursor and sequel novels, about the establishment of the Web and its next evolution, but I am very unlikely to now; they would take place in a different universe. -John M. Ford

What I couldn't help noticing was that I learned more about the novel in a morning by trying to write a page of one than I'd learned in seven years or so of trying to write criticism. -Philip Pullman

I don't like to talk about work in progress, but the novel I'm working on now is definitely not horror. -Poppy Z. Brite

He was interviewed in the early '60s by a young novelist, Pati Hill. -George Plimpton

All the great novels, all the great films, all the great dramas are fictions that actually tell us the truth about us or about human nature or about human situations without being tied into the minutia of documentary events. Otherwise we might as well just make documentaries. -Jeremy Northam

I've seen novels that have grown out of one story in a collection. But it hasn't occurred to me to take any of those stories and build on them. They seem very finished for me, so I don't feel like going back and dredging them up. -Jhumpa Lahiri

The novels take longer to write than the picture book texts, and they do take a different sort of concentration. However, a very short, simple story that works well is just as exciting to me as any longer and more complex book. -Margaret Mahy

Heaven knows, I've exposed myself in my novels through the use of fantasy and imagination… now my new book is about what really happened to me… not my heroines. -Judith Krantz

If you want to write the next great novel, but you think, No, this won't work because no one will buy it or it won't be any good, then you talk yourself out of taking a risk. -John Tesh

Anyway, several rewrites later, Del Rey Books did publish my first novel, and it did become the first work of fiction on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list. -Terry Brooks

Someone wrote a piece about Henry Green in The Partisan Review that was so intriguing that I got one of his novels, Loving, I believe, which was the first that came to attention in the United States. -Terry Southern

I developed the habit of writing novels behind a closed door, or at my uncle's, on the dining table. -Patrick White

I continued writing the bad plays which fortunately nobody would produce, just as no one did me the unkindness of publishing my early novels. -Patrick White

Then about 1951 I began writing again, painfully, a novel I called in the beginning A Life Sentence on Earth, but which developed into The Tree of Man. -Patrick White

I'm just trying to tell a good story and make thought-provoking, entertaining films. I just try and draw upon the great culture we have as a people, from music, novels, the streets. -Spike Lee

I just finished a novel, and I'm back kind of noodling on the screenplays. Screenplays are tough. I am making music, I'm just not sure what kind of music it is or where it's going. -Michael Nesmith

The novel is a penetrating study of morals and ethics. -Bille August

I do have two data identities. I have my name, Bruce Sterling, which is my public name under which I write novels. I also have my other name, which is my legal name under which I own property and vote. -Bruce Sterling

This is one of his most human and most amusing and witty novels. The characters are very Indian. I decided that I wanted to do a comedy, so this was just the right one. -Ismail Merchant

When people screamed novelty the first time around talking about an ugly video and stuff I was really insulted because, hold on a minute, everyone you see in the video are real life. -Bubba Sparxxx

I describe my works as books, but my publishers in Spain, in the United States, and elsewhere insist on calling them novels. -Guillermo Cabrera Infante

That is what I define as a novel: something that has a beginning, a middle and an end, with characters and a plot that sustain interest from the first sentence to the last. But that is not what I do at all. -Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I know that many writers have had to write under censorship and yet produced good novels; for instance, Cervantes wrote Don Quixote under Catholic censorship. -Guillermo Cabrera Infante

It means that no matter what you write, be it a biography, an autobiography, a detective novel, or a conversation on the street, it all becomes fiction as soon as you write it down. -Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I have assiduously avoided calling my books novels. -Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I started a second novel seven times and I had to throw them away. -Amy Tan

But compared to writing a novel, where you can be God, I did the Bay of Pigs invasion in six pages once, and there were 50,000 guys with boots that I didn't have to pay, and all those extras; we didn't have to pay them. -John Sayles

I think I got spoiled and that writing a short story and getting it published, or writing a novel and getting it published, you pretty much get to do the first, second and third draft yourself without a whole lot of interference. -John Sayles

I really enjoy writing novels. It's like the ocean. You can just build a boat and take off. -Denis Johnson

I like a lot of Margaret Atwood, I like much of Alice Munro. Again, if you were to ask me about male writers, there's often a novel I admire, but not all of their works. -Ann Beattie

But I always seem to finish a book and then think, oh God, I've got to pay a tax bill, so I'd better write a novel, so I tend not to stop and learn word processing. -Jilly Cooper

I used to get criticized for putting food in novels. -Jim Harrison

I asked a French critic a couple of years ago why my books did so well in France. He said it was because in my novels people both act and think. I got a kick out of that. -Jim Harrison

I write novellas because I don't like loose sprawling prose. -Jim Harrison

As a novelist, I have a somewhat higher soapbox to stand on than most people do when it comes to talking back to the merchants of fear. -L. Neil Smith

Others, amounting to four novels and a mess of short stories which I did not think worth preserving, I have done my best to eliminate from the record by refusing all requests for permission to reprint them, and I hope I have done a good job of making them hard to unearth. -Leslie Charteris

I never plot out my novels in terms of the tone of the book. Hopefully, once a story is begun it reveals itself. -Alice Hoffman

I never see a novel as a film while I'm writing it. Mostly because novels and films are so different, and I'm such an internal novelist. -Alice Hoffman

No one knows how to write a novel until it's been written. -Alice Hoffman

I had read the novel and I had heard David Lean was going to direct it – and it came as a surprise to me because American actors, if given the chance, can do style as well as anybody and speak as well as anybody. -Rod Steiger

A whim, a passing mood, readily induces the novelist to move hearth and home elsewhere. He can always plead work as an excuse to get him out of the clutches of bothersome hosts. -C. S. Forester

I have heard of novels started in the middle, at the end, written in patches to be joined together later, but I have never felt the slightest desire to do this. -C. S. Forester

There is no other way of writing a novel than to begin at the beginning at to continue to the end. -C. S. Forester

I knew I'd have to go to work in real estate or something else or I could never finish my novel. -Judith Rossner

True stories, autobiographical stories, like some novels, begin long ago, before the acts in the account, before the birth of some of the people in the tale. -Harold Brodkey

I can't change the past, and I don't think I would. I don't expect to be understood. I like what I've written, the stories and two novels. If I had to give up what I've written in order to be clear of this disease, I wouldn't do it. -Harold Brodkey

If I had killed Crow off I can think of least six novels I would never have written, 400,000 words' worth of very necessary experience. -Brian Lumley

My first film goes into production in October. It's called White Boy Shuffle and it's based on a novel about a young black kid and it's sort of reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye. -Ryan Phillippe

My work schedule has changed over the years. The one constant is, when at work on a novel, I try to work seven days a week, so as not to lose touch with that world. Within that, I'm flexible on hours and output. -Donald E. Westlake

I can write for a long time on one novel and not get tired. -Judith Guest

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

Many of the comedies I had made in Sweden were slightly based on semi-autobiographical experiences, so adapting novels was a very different experience. -Lasse Hallstrom

Watergate is an immensely complicated scandal with a cast of characters as varied as a Tolstoy novel. -Bob Woodward

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

Playing a prisoner of war trapped in Pakistan for three years was a novelty for me. We made sure that we didn't talk about India versus Pakistan but about the emotions of people on both sides and how terrorism affects us all. -Akshay Kumar

A novel is like a gland pill – it nips off the cream of my hysterics and gets them running on track in a book where they belong instead of rioting all over my person. -Dawn Powell

I didn't want to write a biographie romancee especially since I already write novels, nor did I want to challenge the rules of the biography game, arbitrary as those rules might be. -Edmund White

In the case of my book, I don't think it's really the coming-out gay novel that everyone really needed, even though it was received as such. The boy is too creepy, he betrays his teacher, the only adult man with whom he's enjoyed a sexual experience, etc. -Edmund White

I still write the occasional short story, and poked at a novel once, but it's just not what I want to do. -George Murray

I believe that the short story is as different a form from the novel as poetry is, and the best stories seem to me to be perhaps closer in spirit to poetry than to novels. -Tobias Wolff

You have to be kind of clued into them, they are a world of their own, and most people find them disappointing because the best short stories are not constructed like novels. -Tobias Wolff

And you can tell the writers who do it – Robert Stone, for example, who with each new novel is doing something new. I appreciate that in other writers. -Tobias Wolff

Most of us don't live lives that lend themselves to novelistic expression, because our lives are so fragmented. -Tobias Wolff

Perhaps that is why the novel flourished in England. You had these communities that would stay put and people would see one another all the time and cause one another to change and have the opportunity to observe the changes over time. -Tobias Wolff

I don't mean that literary fiction is better than genre fiction, On the contrary; novels can perform two functions and most perform only one. -Mark Haddon

I've written 16 children's books and five unpublished novels. Some of the latter were breathtakingly bad. -Mark Haddon

If one book's done this well, you want to write another one that does just as well. There's that horror of the second novel that doesn't match up. -Mark Haddon

If you enjoy math and you write novels, it's very rare that you'll get a chance to put your math into a novel. I leapt at the chance. -Mark Haddon

All of my novels are democracies. -Amos Oz

But The Same Sea is set precisely in this Israel, which never makes it to the news headlines anywhere. It is a novel about everyday people far removed from fundamentalism, fanaticism nationalism, or militancy of any sort. -Amos Oz

I wrote a novel about Israelis who live their own lives on the slope of a volcano. Near a volcano one still falls in love, one still gets jealous, one still wants a promotion, one still gossips. -Amos Oz

Before trying a novel I wrote a couple of plays. -James Merrill

I'm working on a new novel, in its 3rd draft, but it's hard to write while doing 7th Heaven. -Stephen Collins

I obviously prefer writing novels but I take my journalism very seriously, and I enjoy doing it between novels. It gives me an opportunity to move in the outside world. -Mordecai Richler

If you're writing a novel, you're in a room for three or four years. There's not much coming in from the outside. -Mordecai Richler

I get work because I'm primarily a novelist but I've become script doctor. I can work back and forth between French and English. -Norman Spinrad

The thematic, psychological, and cultural concerns of a writer are more relevant than whatever literary mode he or she chooses to deal with in any given novel. -Norman Spinrad

Will Shatner, Jonathan Frakes of Star Trek have already put novels out. -Bruce Boxleitner

I probably listen to Burn more than any of them, because it was so new me, so novel. To see my name on an actual record was such an incredible feeling. -David Coverdale

Living in an entirely different physical as well as biotic environment, such a population would have unique opportunities to enter new niches and to select novel adaptive pathways. -Ernst Mayr

The major novelty of my theory was its claim that the most rapid evolutionary change does not occur in widespread, populous species, as claimed by Most geneticists, but in small founder populations. -Ernst Mayr

For all the social changes in China can be traced to their early beginnings in the days when the new tools or vehicles of commerce and locomotion first brought the Chinese people into unavoidable contact with the strange ways and novel goods of the Western peoples. -Hu Shih

The rise of the dramas in the thirteenth century, and the rise of the great novels in a later period, together with their frank glorification of love and the joys of life, may be called the Third Renaissance. -Hu Shih

Within my own life, I read all the beloved novels by lamps of vegetable oil; I saw the Standard Oil invading my own village, I saw gas lamps in the Chinese shops in Shanghai; and I saw their elimination by electric lights. -Hu Shih

I don't think any novelist should be concerned with literature. -Jacqueline Susann

On that other novels followed: but I still wrote fairy tales and dreamy poems of another world. -Laurence Housman

To remove this obstacle I repeat or refer to such knowledge as has come under my notice, my own previously expressed views, and also describe and exhibit my last experiments and explain their novelty and utility. -Lawrence Hargrave

Reading a novel in which all characters illustrate patience, hard work, chastity, and delayed gratification could be a pretty dull experience. -Thomas Perry

The characters you refer to as predatory and unsavory are useful. They're the ones who make a novel into a thriller. They're active, and most of the common virtues, the signs of a good person, are not. -Thomas Perry

Every once in a while I feel the tremendous force of the novel. But it does not stay with me. -Zane Grey

Today I began the novel that I determined to be great. -Zane Grey

There are hours when I must force the novel out of my mind and be interested in the children. -Zane Grey

I've made seventeen or eighteen films now, only two of which have been original screenplays, all the others have been based on short stories or novels, and I find the long short story ideal for adaptation. -Satyajit Ray

French novels generally treat of the relations of women to the world and to lovers, after marriage; consequently there is a great deal in French novels about adultery, about improper relations between the sexes, about many things which the English public would not allow. -Lafcadio Hearn

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. -Bill Mumy

Be the responsibility on their heads who raise this novel and extraordinary question of reception, going to the unconstitutional abridgment, as I conceive, of the great right of petition inherent in the People of the United States. -Caleb Cushing

Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust, has produced great works of poetry. -Eugenio Montale

Not only may she unconsciously register a favorable impression with my associates and me, but she may also suggest something by her work that will lead to some new and novel feature in a forthcoming production. -Florenz Ziegfeld

The Butcher Boy is a very great novel indeed and a very important Irish novel. The ambiguity of that is, he's writing a book about an appalling situation and he does it in a hilarious way. -Stephen Rea

And it is a folly to try to craft a novel for the screen, to write a novel with a screen contract in mind. -Thomas Keneally

I don't really consider myself a novelist, it just came out purely by accident. -Wole Soyinka

The novel, for me, was an accident. I really don't consider myself a novelist. -Wole Soyinka

I wanted to write a novel. At 12 I knew, I am a writer. I said it to nobody. -Peter Bichsel

Being a novelty had its advantages. -Jessica Savitch

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

A novelist has a specific poetic license which also applies to his own life. -Jerzy Kosinski

When I do a novel, I don't really use the script, I use the book; when I did Apocalypse Now, I used Heart of Darkness. Novels usually have so much rich material. -Francis Ford Coppola

Comic books and graphic novels are a great medium. It's incredibly underused. -Darren Aronofsky

I have nothing revolutionary or even novel to offer. -Samuel E. Morison

A novel is often a longer process in handling self-doubt. -Robert Sheckley

So, in some ways, the political songs tend to be a bit more like reportage, whereas the love songs tend to be like novels, you can pick them up off the shelf and go into them any time. -Billy Bragg

I took two years away from making films to write a novel. -Neil Jordan

I've had three novels published, and I was working a little bit in theater in Ireland. I wrote one film script just to see what it would turn out like. -Neil Jordan

No… a novel is a long business. I'm a slow writer, even when I'm doing very well I write slowly. -Octavia E. Butler

Well, writing was what I wanted to do, it was always what I wanted to do. I had novels to write so I wrote them. -Octavia E. Butler

I started writing seriously when I was 18, wrote my first novel when I was 22, and I've never stopped writing since. -Sue Grafton

I found some time ago that I have to be careful, while working on a novel, what I read. -John Sladek

In most conventional novels, God is not allowed to be nuts. Nor are nuts allowed to be God. -John Sladek

Most publishers seem very reluctant to publish short story collections at all; they bring them out in paperback, often disguised as novels. -John Sladek

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

The crime novel has always been my favourite genre. -Sara Paretsky

We were asked to believe that the variety and the novelty of even the crude films of the early days would provide a means of entertainment which would cut out the stage. -Ivor Novello

Chance doesn't mean meaningless randomness, but historical contingency. This happens rather than that, and that's the way that novelty, new things, come about. -John Polkinghorne

The fundamental purpose of a novel like Count Julian is to achieve the unity of object and means of representation, the fusion of treason as scheme and treason as language. -Juan Goytisolo

Of the first seven novels I wrote, numbers four and five were published. Numbers one, two, three, six, and seven, have never seen the light of day… and rightly so. -Sue Grafton

People really want to think that these things really happened. I don't know why that important, but I know that when I finish reading a novel or something, I want to know how much of that really happened to this author. -Alison Bechdel

I am one of the writers who wish to create serious works of literature which dissociate themselves from those novels which are mere reflections of the vast consumer cultures of Tokyo and the subcultures of the world at large. -Kenzaburo Oe

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

In a novel, my feelings and sense of outrage can find a broader means of expression which would be more symbolic and applicable to many European countries. -Antonio Tabucchi

The most important basis of any novel is wanting to be someone else, and this means creating a character. -Antonio Tabucchi

Although by 1851 tales of adventure had begun to seem antiquated, they had rendered a large service to the course of literature: they had removed the stigma, for the most part, from the word novel. -Carl Clinton Van Doren

The two most common charges against the older fiction, that it pleased wickedly and that it taught nothing, had broken down before the discovery, except in illiberal sects, that the novel is fitted both for honest use and for pleasure. -Carl Clinton Van Doren

I'm mostly a novelist these days, but I have written short stories in Fantasy, Science Fiction and horror. -Sarah Zettel

It seemed to me you could do anything in comics. So I started doing my thing, which is mainly influenced by novelists, stand-up comedians, that sort of thing. -Harvey Pekar

I was shot when I think it was number one. That was the catalyst for the interest in the show. Certainly it went on for a long time after that but that's what really kicked it off. Of course a lot of people watched it just because of the novelty of the situation. -Larry Hagman

You no longer have much in the way of knowing what to do in a big, epic novel about the future, because nobody knows what the hell is going to happen. -Jerry Pournelle

So, I guess the answer to your question is very few people can bring off a novel of the future because it's just so damn hard to make it look like the future. -Jerry Pournelle

There's never a false note in a Berg novel. -Augusten Burroughs

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. -Ahmet Zappa

I'm writing a movie about Mozart going to New York in the '60s. I've been reading so many novels. -John Cale

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. -Chaim Potok

I think the hardest part of writing is revising. And by that I mean the following: A novelist has to create the piece of marble and then chip away to find the figure in it. -Chaim Potok

A book is sent out into the world, and there is no way of fully anticipating the responses it will elicit. Consider the responses called forth by the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare – let alone contemporary poetry or a modern novel. -Chaim Potok

Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination. -Janet Frame

When I wrote The Onion Field, I realized that my first two novels were just practice. -Joseph Wambaugh

When one is writing a novel in the first person, one must be that person. -Daphne du Maurier

Women want love to be a novel, men a short story. -Daphne du Maurier

Am I worried people will say I'm repeating myself? Sure. One thought I had was to publish it as a novel but eventually I just decided to do what I wanted to do. -Elizabeth Wurtzel

I write novels and other things. -Jack L. Chalker

First, people don't read novels off screens, and they don't have a tendency to shell out real money for books when they don't retain anything physically for their money. -Jack L. Chalker

Well I think after leaving prison, and having written three diaries about life in prison, it became a sort of a new challenge to write another novel, to write a new novel. -Jeffrey Archer

My second book, Follow Me Down had some success, got good critical notices, went into a second printing and things like that, but Shiloh was by far the most successful of those first five novels. -Shelby Foote

You say that you hope I will be recognized as the best novelist of my generation. I want you to know now and know completely that that would mean to me absolutely nothing. -Jean Stafford

I do not think men have more talent. There are a great many women in the arts; novelists, painters, sculptors, poets-but the proportion is far lower in the field of song writing. -Dorothy Fields

Cooper wrote a novel which is absolutely indistinguishable from Austen, completely from a female point of view, completely English, no sense that he was an American. -Leslie Fiedler

Good fiction must be entertaining, but what makes fiction special – and True – is that the realness of a novel allows it to carry a larger message. -Jerry B. Jenkins

Henry Miller wrote novels, but he calls his protagonist Henry, often Henry Miller, and his books are in this gray area between memoir and novel. -Leslie Fiedler

I never met anybody in my life who says, I want to be a critic. People want to be a fireman, poet, novelist. -Leslie Fiedler

I think Henry Miller has had huge influence not because he wrote about sex, but because the memoir or the nonfiction novel has become such a monumental force in American publishing, if not in literature. -Leslie Fiedler

I was totally absorbed in the real world, the politics, the history, the news, and I just couldn't find my way into the fictional world… When I finally could return to writing the novel, it was in fits and starts. -David Guterson

Jane Austen is at the end of the line that begins with Samuel Richardson, which takes wonder and magic out of the novel, treats not the past but the present. -Leslie Fiedler

My dream remains to inform and entertain through fiction in the form of novels and movies that compete in the marketplace of ideas. -Jerry B. Jenkins

One more recent novelist to come along is Cormac McCarthy. Him, I like. -Leslie Fiedler

SOON was the first novel where I used a rough outline. Usually I have characters and an idea and write as a process of discovery. Like working without a net. -Jerry B. Jenkins

The novel doesn't come into existence until certain methods of reproducing fiction come along. -Leslie Fiedler

The novel is always pop art, and the novel is always dying. That's the only way it stays alive. It does really die. I've been thinking about that a lot. -Leslie Fiedler

The novel is the first art form that is an honest-to-god commodity. That's what makes it different from both high art and folk art. -Leslie Fiedler

The real question is: How do you react? What do you do next? Evade responsibilities? Bury yourself in work? What do you do? All three of my novels take up that question, although none gives an answer. -David Guterson

The reason Saul Bellow doesn't talk to me anymore is because he knows his new novels are not worth reading. -Leslie Fiedler

The most difficult novel I have had to write in terms of just getting it done was The Vampire Lestat. It took a year to write. -Anne Rice

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

I could write an entertaining novel about rejection slips, but I fear it would be overly long. -Louise Brown

I bought a selection of short, romantic fiction novels, studied them, decided that I had found a formula and then wrote a book that I figured was the perfect story. Thank goodness it was rejected. -Louise Brown

The hardest novel to write was Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. -Anne Tyler

It seems to me that good novels celebrate the mystery in ordinary life, and summing it all up in psychological terms strips the mystery away. -Anne Tyler

I spend about a year between novels. -Anne Tyler

I save the best of myself for novels, and I believe it shows. -Anne Tyler

I do write long, long character notes – family background, history, details of appearance – much more than will ever appear in the novel. I think this is what lifts a book from that early calculated, artificial stage. -Anne Tyler

I consciously try to end my novels at a point where I won't have to wonder about my characters ever again. -Anne Tyler

I would recommend the short story form, which is a lot harder to write since you have to be so careful with words, until there is plenty of time to doodle through a novel. -Anne McCaffrey

I did not have a chance to write novels until my youngest child started school fulltime. -Anne McCaffrey

A novelty in Polish filmmaking was that it was possible to find funds for a big production. However, at the same time, the state budget committed less and less money to filmmaking. -Andrzej Wajda

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

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

I don't think anyone has written a great graphic novel. -Ted Rall

The unfolding of a story is both as exciting and as difficult for each and every novel I've written, regardless of time and place. -Rose Tremain

The process of rewriting is enjoyable, because you're not in that existential panic when you don't have a novel at all. -Rose Tremain

Perhaps, more importantly, I think that most human beings realise only a fraction of the true potential of their minds, so the spiritual or mystical, the things which remain mysterious or unexplained have always drawn me to include them in any scheme for a novel. -Rose Tremain

Perhaps, all writers walk such a line. In general – as we all do in our dreams – I believe I put something of myself into all the characters in my novels, male as well as female. -Rose Tremain

I have likened writing a novel to going on a journey, with some notion of the destination I will arrive at, but not the whole picture – which emerges gradually as a series of revelations, as the journey goes along. -Rose Tremain

I can inhabit any character in a way that is difficult to do successfully in a contemporary novel. -Rose Tremain

A novel usually takes me two years. A year to research and plan and dream. Then a year to write. -Rose Tremain

I've had some tremendous adventures, good and bad. It's part of the novel, and a novel isn't interesting if it doesn't have some good and bad. And you don't know what good is if bad hasn't been a part of your life. -Lynn Johnston

This preparatory sort of idealism is the one that, as I just suggested, Berkeley made prominent, and, after a fashion familiar. I must state it in my own way, although one in vain seeks to attain novelty in illustrating so frequently described a view. -Josiah Royce

I used to go with my parents and loved it, I was in school plays, and I started reading plays before I started reading novels. I'll defend it to the hilt. When theatre is good it is fabulous. -Patrick Marber

I've always felt that life is a novel, and part of it is written for you, and part of it is written by you. It's up to you to write the ending, ultimately. -Lynn Johnston

I hated historical novels with fluttering cloaks. -Jeanette Winterson

I shall not be satisfied unless I produce something which shall for a few days supersede the last fashionable novel on the tables of young ladies. -Thomas Babington Macaulay

We have no general conceptual thrust for the band, other than trying to make music that keeps our interest. When things are novel, they are probably things we have discovered by accident or investigation rather than by design. -Steve Albini

I also read modern novels – I have just had to read 60 as I am one of the judges for the Orange Fiction Prize. -Kate Adie

Poetry seems to sink into us the way prose doesn't. I can still quote verses I learned when I was very young, but I have trouble remembering one line of a novel I just finished reading. -Jack Prelutsky

I enjoy research; in fact research is so engaging that it would be easy to go on for years, and never write the novel at all. -Helen Dunmore

However, the difficulties and pleasures of the writing itself are similar for a novel with a historical setting and a novel with a contemporary setting, as far as I'm concerned. -Helen Dunmore

A novel, in the end, is a container, a shape which you are trying to pour your story into. -Helen Dunmore

The film of tomorrow appears to me as even more personal than an individual and autobiographical novel, like a confession, or a diary. -Francois Truffaut

I completed my first novel when I was 19 years old. -Danielle Steel

To be a novelist, all I need is a pen and a piece of paper. -Quentin Tarantino

If I really considered myself a writer, I wouldn't be writing screenplays. I'd be writing novels. -Quentin Tarantino

The essayist has to follow a certain intellectual pattern. The novelist has the advantage of using fantasy, of being subjective. -Manuel Puig

One performs a very different act when reading a movie and when reading a novel. Your attention behaves differently. -Manuel Puig

It's my own personal unconscious that ultimately creates the novel's aesthetic facade. -Manuel Puig

If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters, he or she is able to study his personal unconscious. -Manuel Puig

I've always wondered why there isn't a great French novel about the German occupation. The nouveau roman authors weren't interested in telling that sort of thing. -Manuel Puig

I write novels because there is something I don't understand in reality. -Manuel Puig

I have written every one of my novels to convince somebody of something. -Manuel Puig

All of my problems are rather complicated – I need an entire novel to deal with them, not a short story or a movie. It's like a personal therapy. -Manuel Puig

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

In effect I am not a novelist, but rather a failed essayist who started to write novels because he didn't know how to write essays. -Jose Saramago

I am a better novelist than a poet, playwright, or essayist. -Jose Saramago

I mean, there are many other directors who are probably both more skilled and excited to adapt novels or work within certain genre conventions. I'd like to do that kind of work someday, but for better or worse I'm too drawn by my own material. -Todd Solondz

I was a little bit wary of playing Nicholas. In the script, which I think is true of the novel and the film, he's the only character not singing and dancing in a musical style. Playing someone who is the personification of good is a little difficult. -Charlie Hunnam

Yes, after some time spent last year on other commitments, most of them speaking engagements, I am now about halfway through a novel that I hope will come out in 1998. -Robert MacNeil

And the nice thing about writing a novel is you take your time, you sit with the character sometimes nine years, you look very deeply at a situation, unlike in real life when we just kind of snap something out. -Sandra Cisneros

Well, I'm Buddhist, Ray, and so part of my Buddhism has allowed me to look a little more deeply at people and the events in my life that created me. And I think a lot of that Buddhism comes out in the world view in this novel. -Sandra Cisneros

It's hard being a hostage in somebody else's mouth – or a character in somebody else's novel. -David Antin

When I first started to get into writing, it was via music. I'd generate ideas for songs that would turn into stories, then they'd turn into novels. I was biased toward music. -Irvine Welsh

And I used to write novels and little stories and compositions and I – but I put them away because I started acting when I was 17. So there wasn't much time. -Joan Collins

Because, if one is writing novels today, concentrating on the beauty of the prose is right up there with concentrating on your semi-colons, for wasted effort. -Neil Gaiman

Great, big, serious novels always get awards. If it's a battle between a great, big, serious novel and a funny novel, the funny novel is doomed. -Neil Gaiman

But the first published thing I did was a detective story, detective novel, and I did that on my own. -Peter Shaffer

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. -Piers Anthony

I do one Xanth novel a year, because at the moment that is all that publishers will accept; they don't want any other type of fiction from me, so Xanth pays my way. -Piers Anthony

I hope to read a Harry Potter novel soon, to see what it's all about. I admit to being annoyed that many good light fantasy writers have had trouble getting published, in England and elsewhere, when it is obvious the readers were waiting for us all along. -Piers Anthony

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

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. -Piers Anthony

I think that's because believable action is based on authenticity, and accuracy is very important to me. I always spend time researching my novels, exploring the customs and attitudes of the county I'm using for their setting. -Sidney Sheldon

In a novel, on the other hand, you not only have to describe the rooms, but the clothes, the characters and what they are thinking. It's a much more in-depth process. -Sidney Sheldon

When you write a movie, you have a hundred collaborators. But when you write a novel, it's yours. -Sidney Sheldon

Writing novels is the most exciting. -Sidney Sheldon

Personally, I'd never seen a graphic novel. I knew they existed because friends of mine like Jonathan Ross collect them and some very literate and intelligent people really rate the graphic novel as a form. -Stephen Fry

And I don't want to begin something, I don't want to write that first sentence until all the important connections in the novel are known to me. As if the story has already taken place, and it's my responsibility to put it in the right order to tell it to you. -John Irving

I don't begin a novel or a screenplay until I know the ending. And I don't mean only that I have to know what happens. I mean that I have to hear the actual sentences. I have to know what atmosphere the words convey. -John Irving

I had been a student in Vienna, and one of the neat little things I had found out was about that zoo. It was a good debut novel for me to have published. I was 26 or 27 when it was published. I already had a kid and would soon have a second. -John Irving

I've always been a fan of the 19th century novel, of the novel that is plotted, character-driven, and where the passage of time is almost as central to the novel as a major minor character, the passage of time and its effect on the characters in the story. -John Irving

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

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

You don't want to dwell on your enemies, you know. I basically feel so superior to my critics for the simple reason that they haven't done what I do. Most book reviewers haven't written 11 novels. Many of them haven't written one. -John Irving

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

The reason I love comics more than anything else is that the longest story will be just a few pages. With a novel, it takes so many pages to get to one thing happening. -Sergio Aragones

It's no accident that my first novel was called Americana. This was a private declaration of independence, a statement of my intention to use the whole picture, the whole culture. -Don DeLillo

Many novelists take well-defined, precise characters, whose stories are sometimes of mediocre interest, and place them in an important historical context, which remains secondary in spite of everything. -Raymond Queneau

The novelist must ground his work in faithful study of human nature. -Goldwin Smith

The materials of the novelist must be real; they must be gathered from the field of humanity by his actual observation. -Goldwin Smith

The novelist must look on humanity without partiality or prejudice. His sympathy, like that of the historian, must be unbounded, and untainted by sect or party. -Goldwin Smith

In a novel, it's hard to keep track of everybody. -Irwin Shaw

I had a romance novel inside me, but I paid three sailors to beat it out if me with steel pipes. -Patton Oswalt

I am writing about people who are alive in the city of New York during mid-20th-century America. And these people are like a character in a play or they are figures in a short story or a novel. -Gay Talese

I found my first novel difficult. I don't want to make it sound like it's any more difficult than driving a cab or going to any other job, but there are so many opportunities for self-doubt, that you just kind of need to soldier on. -Anthony Doerr

In course of time my first novel appeared. It was a love story. -George Barr McCutcheon

The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age. -Isaac D'Israeli

I belong to the middle class that grew up very influenced by the Catholic church. The people of the novel are from a more pagan and practical world in which the Christianity is just a veneer. -John McGahern

Yes, but also one of the problems for a novelist in Ireland is the fact that there are no formal manners. I mean some people have beautiful manners but there's no kind of agreed form of manners. -John McGahern

Miss Austen had shown the infinite possibilities of ordinary and present things for the novelist. -George Saintsbury

Between Scott on the earlier side and Dickens and Thackeray on the other, there was an immense production of novels, illustrated by not a few names which should rank high in the second class, while some would promote more than one of them to the first. -George Saintsbury

The writer of stories or of novels settles on men and imitates them; he exhausts the possibilities of his characters. -Salvatore Quasimodo

I had the notion that I wanted to write the great dirty American novel, so I went to Roanoke College on the GI Bill. -Tom T. Hall

I have written two medical novels. I have never studied medicine, never seen an operation. -Taylor Caldwell

Jane Austen was an extraordinary woman; to actually be able to survive as a novelist in those days – unmarried – was just unheard of. -Julie Walters

I'm writing a novel about two actresses who go to New York, because that's what I know about. One has lost touch with reality, disappears and is picked up by a man. -Julie Walters

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it. -Toni Morrison

Oh, that sound? I'm in the hot tub, reading a novel. -Jane Smiley

A good novel is worth more than the best scientific study. -Saul Bellow

Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life. -George Sand

Any fool can write a novel but it takes real genius to sell it. -J. G. Ballard

There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel. -Anthony Trollope

Two quite opposite qualities equally bias our minds – habits and novelty. -Jean de la Bruyere

In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult part to invent is the end. -Alexis de Tocqueville

The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. -Christopher Morley

A novel is a static thing that one moves through; a play is a dynamic thing that moves past one. -Kenneth Tynan

The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels. -Simone de Beauvoir

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. -Jane Austen

I regard this novel as a work without redeeming social value, unless it can be recycled as a cardboard box. -Ellen Goodman

The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair. -Jose Bergamin

I wrote eight full-length adult novels in my twenties. None of them were published. -Caroline B. Cooney

I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel? -Irwin Shaw

Among the many problems which beset the novelist, not the least weighty is the choice of the moment at which to begin his novel. -Vita Sackville-West

A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although… he may be permitted to be an intellectual. -Anthony Burgess

My family can always tell when I'm well into a novel because the meals get very crummy. -Anne Tyler

I wonder if we are all wrong about each other, if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet? -Rebecca West

I like shape very much. A novel has to have shape, and life doesn't have any. -Jean Rhys

The earth was made so various, that the mind Of desultory man, studious of change, And pleased with novelty, might be indulged. -William Cowper

Actually my first eight books were historical novels, but they were never published. -Caroline B. Cooney

It always strikes me how almost unbelievably bad are the early versions of my novels. -Nicholas Mosley

Historians tell the story of the past, novelists the story of the present. -Edmond de Goncourt

My favorite period is World War II, and I'm in the middle of writing my fourth novel set in that era. -Ken Follett

After these three novels I gave up writing novels for a time; I was dissatisfied with romantic doom, yet didn't see much way around it. -Nicholas Mosley

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. -Mary McCarthy

Asking the author of historical novels to teach you about history is like expecting the composer of a melody to provide answers about radio transmission. -Lion Feuchtwanger

The novel is the highest form of human expression so far attained. Why? Because it is so incapable of the absolute. -D. H. Lawrence

For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again. -Howard Nemerov

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

The novel avoids the sublime and seeks out the interesting. -Mason Cooley

We all now tell stories by cutting from one dramatic scene to the next, whereas Victorian novelists felt free to write long passages of undramatic summary. -Ken Follett

I did not think much what I was writing them for, except that I knew I wanted my next novel to be in some less conventional form than straight narrative. -Nicholas Mosley

I have often heard that the novel is dead. But I see novels produced, I don't know how many a week, in France. I have the impression it's carrying along quite well. -Nathalie Sarraute

Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day. -Henry David Thoreau

Happy is the novelist who manages to preserve an actual love letter that he received when he was young within a work of fiction, embedded in it like a clean bullet in flabby flesh and quite secure there, among spurious lives. -Vladimir Nabokov

However novel it may appear, I shall venture the assertion, that, until women assume the place in society which good sense and good feeling alike assign to them, human improvement must advance but feebly. -Frances Wright

For me, as a beginning novelist, all other living writers form a control group for whom the world is a placebo. -Nicholson Baker

Both the historian and the novelist view history as the struggle of a tiny minority, able and determined to make judgments, which is up against a vast and densely packed majority of the blind, who are led by their instincts and unable to think for themselves. -Lion Feuchtwanger

I was very influenced by The Magic Mountain. It's a book that had a huge impact on me. I loved that as a shape for a novel: put a bunch of people in a beautiful place, give them all tuberculosis, make them all stay in a fur sleeping bag for several years and see what happens. -Ann Patchett

After closely examining my conscience, I venture to state that in my historical novels I intended the content to be just as modern and up-to-date as in the contemporary ones. -Lion Feuchtwanger

I wonder why there is a designated hitter in baseball after all these years? As an experiment, it seemed like a swell enough idea, but you would think the novelty would have worn off by now and everyone would get back to playing baseball. -Jay Mohr

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. -Ernest Hemingway

The really great novel tends to be the exact negative of its author's life. -Andre Maurois

The fire burns as the novel taught it how. -Wallace Stevens

It is the test of a novel writer's art that he conceal his snake-in-the-grass; but the reader may be sure that it is always there. -Anthony Trollope

Sex is. There is nothing more to be done about it. Sex builds no roads, writes no novels and sex certainly gives no meaning to anything in life but itself. -Gore Vidal

With a novelist, like a surgeon, you have to get a feeling that you've fallen into good hands – someone from whom you can accept the anesthetic with confidence. -Saul Bellow

The central problem of novel-writing is causality. -Jorge Luis Borges

If you are a novelist of a certain type of temperament, then what you really want to do is re-invent the world. God wasn't too bad a novelist, except he was a Realist. -John Barth

A novelist who writes nothing for 10 years finds his reputation rising. Because I keep on producing books they say there must be something wrong with this fellow. -J. B. Priestley

What makes literature interesting is that it does not survive its translation. The characters in a novel are made out of the sentences. That's what their substance is. -Jonathan Miller

Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss! -Oliver Goldsmith

Turning one's novel into a movie script is rather like making a series of sketches for a painting that has long ago been finished and framed. -Vladimir Nabokov

Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. -Flannery O'Connor

No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted. -W. H. Auden

Writing a novel is not method acting and I find it easy to step out of it at cocktail hour. -Bret Easton Ellis

The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace. -Marcel Proust

I have often noticed that after I had bestowed on the characters of my novels some treasured item of my past, it would pine away in the artificial world where I had so abruptly placed it. -Vladimir Nabokov

The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human. Meander if you want to get to town. -Michael Ondaatje

Systematic philosophical and practical anti-intellectualism such as we are witnessing appears to be something truly novel in the history of human culture. -Johan Huizinga

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

With the marketing pressures driving the book world today, it's much easier to get the author of a memoir on a television show than a serious novelist. -David Halberstam

But then in novels the most indifferent hero comes out right at last. Some god comes out of a theatrical cloud and leaves the poor devil ten thousand-a-year and a title. -Anthony Trollope

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. -George Orwell

I suppose I'm proudest of my novels for what's imagined in them. I think the world of my imagination is a richer and more interesting place than my personal biography. -John Irving

Sigmund Freud was a novelist with a scientific background. He just didn't know he was a novelist. All those damn psychiatrists after him, they didn't know he was a novelist either. -John Irving

It's the duty of all novelists, all painters, all musicians, all people who try to make art move: to look for something they feel authentically, without paying attention to styles. -Nathalie Sarraute

I've written six novels and four pieces of nonfiction, so I don't really have a genre these days. -Anne Lamott

Hemingway is terribly limited. His technique is good for short stories, for people who meet once in a bar very late at night, but do not enter into relations. But not for the novel. -W. H. Auden

In the past, it was only in science fiction novels that you could read about ordinary people being able to go to space… But you laid the foundation for space tourism. -Nursultan Nazarbayev

People think that because a novel's invented, it isn't true. Exactly the reverse is the case. Biography and memoirs can never be wholly true, since they cannot include every conceivable circumstance of what happened. The novel can do that. -Anthony Powell

Don't show off every day, or you'll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent. -Baltasar Gracian

In ordinary detective novels you never see the consequences of what happens in a story in the next book. That you do in mine. -Stieg Larsson

Sure, they were simple desk lamps with only a minimal amount of movement, but you could immediately tell that Luxo Jr. was a baby, and that the big one was his mother. In that short little film, computer animation went from a novelty to a serious tool for filmmaking. -John Lasseter

In our own state, we came up with, I think, what was a very novel approach to closing the gap on the uninsured. To harmonize medical records – which was a major step in getting costs out of the system. -Jon Huntsman, Jr.

I'm a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love – and it being more important and special than anything and everything else. -Emma Watson

I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do ever – was write novels. -J. K. Rowling

Writing fiction is for me a fraught business, an occasion of daily dread for at least the first half of the novel, and sometimes all the way through. The work process is totally different from writing nonfiction. You have to sit down every day and make it up. -Joan Didion

I have never started a novel – I mean except the first, when I was starting a novel just to start a novel – I've never written one without rereading Victory. It opens up the possibilities of a novel. It makes it seem worth doing. -Joan Didion

I started writing short stories. I tried writing horror, mystery, science fiction. I joined a little critique group here in town and ran my stories past them. After about three years, I tackled my first novel, Subterranean. It took me 11 months to write. -James Rollins

The manual for WordStar, the most popular word-processing program, is 400 pages thick. To write a novel, you have to read a novel – one that reads like a mystery to most people. They're not going to learn slash q-z any more than they're going to learn Morse code. That is what Macintosh is all about. -Steve Jobs

As I stood there absorbing Hammett's novel, the slot machines at the back of the shop were clanking and whirring, and in the billiard room upstairs the perpetual poker game was being played. -Ross MacDonald

The Archer novels are about various kinds of brokenness. -Ross MacDonald

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

Mark Helprin and Lawrence Durrell, both of whom write fat and florid novels that appall me now but opened my eyes to the power of fiction when I was in my 20s. -Kevin Patterson

I think in general, novels by men tend to be taken more seriously than novels by women. -Curtis Sittenfeld

Personally, I have never wished I were a male novelist. -Curtis Sittenfeld

You know, the point of a novel – or to me, the point of a novel, the gift of a novel is to go really deeply inside people's lives and inside their personal experiences. -Curtis Sittenfeld

Well, I think in my first two novels, both the characters are pretty neurotic, which I would say that I am. -Curtis Sittenfeld

The fact is that in this day and age I don't think any novelist can assume that a book will get attention. -Curtis Sittenfeld

It's like that Simpsons joke – they're filming a cow in a movie and they go, 'OK, we'll tape a bunch of cats together to make a cow', and it's like, 'Why don't you just use a cow?'. For some reason that is novel – like, 'Oh, my guitar sounds like a piano and now if I can just get my piano to sound like my guitar'. -Ian Williams

I don't write romance novels. -Nicholas Sparks

I would be rejected if I submitted any of my novels as romance novels. -Nicholas Sparks

I think, above all, the characters in my novels feel universal to the readers. -Nicholas Sparks

I love the movies, and when I go to see a movie that's been made from one of my books, I know that it isn't going to be exactly like my novel because a lot of other people have interpreted it. But I also know it has an idea that I'll like because that idea occurred to me, and I spent a year, or a year and a half of my life working on it. -Stephen King

In February of this year I returned to China to research my next book. The authorities know about the novels of mine that have been published in the west, including the latest one, Beijing Coma, about a student shot in Tiananmen Square, but so far have allowed me to return. -Ma Jian

The 'Barnaby' books were always intended to be graphic novels. -Janet Evanovich

I wrote the worst novel ever. -Sophie Ellis-Bextor

I love general history. That's all I read really. I don't read novels, I read history. I love it. I live in an area that's really rich in Civil War history. I live in Kentucky on a farm. A lot of revolution, a lot of military history I love. -Steve Zahn

I didn't know anything about Opus Die except from pop culture, like Dan Brown novels, which I knew wasn't really knowing anything about Opus Die. -Wes Bentley

I know that books I have written will still resonate in 50 years – particularly 'My Sister's Keeper.' It has sold three million copies in the States alone. I strongly feel that, as a novelist, you have a platform and the ability to change people's minds. -Jodi Picoult

If you read the first page of one of my novels, I can guarantee that you will read the last one. This isn't just social commentary. This is also about writing good page-turners. I want people to keep reading. -Jodi Picoult

I could read at a very early age and I loved stories, losing myself in stories, novels. -Heather Donahue

Character is character and voice is voice, which translates nicely from writing novels to writing TV. But the process is different. You have a writer's room, people pitch you jokes and you collaborate. -Jennifer Weiner

There's something really nice about writing something on Wednesday and watching it being performed live for a studio audience on Tuesday. You never really get that with novels. -Jennifer Weiner

Being a novelist is hard for anyone – male or female. You don't get to quit your day job. -Jennifer Weiner

I wonder if novels work for women because they give us a safe place to talk about our ish. -Jennifer Weiner

Whenever you have two characters in a book, whether it's a novel or nonfiction, you run the risk that the reader is going to like one more than the other. They're going to read one chapter and say, 'I can't wait to get back to the other guy.' -Mitch Albom

I find interesting characters or lessons that resonate with people and sometimes I write about them in the sports pages, sometimes I write them in a column, sometimes in a novel, sometimes a play or sometimes in nonfiction. But at the core I always say to myself, 'Is there a story here? Is this something people want to read?' -Mitch Albom

The Sookie Stackhouse novels were selling well before the TV show, but the TV show led to a lot more exposure and readers. And a lot went on to read my other work. It was a wonderful thing for my bank account. -Charlaine Harris

I certainly think we're going to see more and more graphic novels and more illustrated novels. -Charlaine Harris

It was only after five years in the army, when I was having to do a very boring job in a very boring place, that I thought: 'Why not try writing a novel?' partly out of youthful arrogance and partly because there had been a long line of writers in my mother's family. -Antony Beevor

When my first novel was published, I went in great excitement round bookshops in central London to see if they had stocked it. -Antony Beevor

I read a lot of thrillers, especially American crime novels. -Kate Mosse

I have a lot of novels that I haven't finished. I usually get 150 pages in and I realize it's not going anywhere. I don't publish everything I write. I must have six unfinished novels at least. -Jeffrey Eugenides

I was directed because I knew I wanted to be a novelist, but I didn't have a very good job or a way of getting published. I found those years to be among the most difficult of my life. -Jeffrey Eugenides

When I read 'Watchmen,' it changed my view of so many things. It was the first time I'd read a graphic novel really like that. -Joel Silver

I don't think you can tell the objective truth about a person. That's why people write novels. -A. N. Wilson

Iris Murdoch did influence my early novels very much, and influence is never entirely good. -A. N. Wilson

I liked 35 and in both my novels that is the age of the lead characters. I tried making them my age but they just seemed to keep moaning about stuff. -Alexei Sayle

Look at it this way: if you write the novel of 'Cold Mountain,' it costs exactly the same to produce and market as a novel set in a room. If you make the film, the disparity of costs is huge. -Anthony Minghella

Unfortunately, I don't get to read nearly as much as I want because I'm always working on my own stuff, either the novels or newspaper columns. -Carl Hiaasen

When I'm working on a novel of my own, I try to read mostly nonfiction, although sometimes I break down and peek at something else. -Carl Hiaasen

The Florida in my novels is not as seedy as the real Florida. It's hard to stay ahead of the curve. Every time I write a scene that I think is the sickest thing I have ever dreamed up, it is surpassed by something that happens in real life. -Carl Hiaasen

When you put on the suits, when you pretend you're honest and you're robbing at a far higher level, these guys deserve to… well, to be in my novels, and I have special fates reserved for them. -Carl Hiaasen

All novels are about crime. You'd be hard pressed to find any novel that does not have an element of crime. I don't see myself as a crime novelist, but there are crimes in my books. That's the nature of storytelling, if you want to reflect the real world. -Carl Hiaasen

To me, the newspaper business was a way to learn about life and how things worked in the real world and how people spoke. You learn all the skills – you learn to listen, you learn to take notes – everything you use later as a novelist was valuable training in the newspaper world. But I always wanted to write novels. -Carl Hiaasen

I do have some theatrical background. I've written plays and seen plays and read plays. But I also read novels. One thing I don't read is screenplays. -Charlie Kaufman

Now as a musician, if you have it within you, you can create your own reality. Believe me, it's a novelty. -Chris Robinson

Late night is no different than making a film, really, except that it's faster, and if you do a crap one, you can do a better one tomorrow. Writing a novel and doing stand-up – that stuff is very similar. -Craig Ferguson

Journalism can go right up to the door of the room in which the decisions are made. A novel can go inside the room – and inside the character's heads. -David Frum

A novel makes it possible to understand not just events, but the people who control the events; not only their choices, but also their motives. -David Frum

I encourage the translators of my books to take as much license as they feel that they need. This is not quite the heroic gesture it might seem, because I've learned, from working with translators over the years, that the original novel is, in a way, a translation itself. -Michael Cunningham

Here's a secret. Many novelists, if they are pressed and if they are being honest, will admit that the finished book is a rather rough translation of the book they'd intended to write. -Michael Cunningham

If I want to write a movie, I'll write a screenplay, but if I have an idea for a book, it's something that I think can only be done novelistically. -Bret Easton Ellis

HBO and I have a deal to at least try to make a television series from the Leonid McGill stories. We're going to start with the first novel, 'The Long Fall.' -Walter Mosley

I think that if the novel's task is to describe where we find ourselves and how we live now, the novelist must take a good, hard look at the most central facts of contemporary life – technology and science. -Richard Powers

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

In 25 years of writing novels, I've never had anything that felt like writer's block. -Richard Powers

My novels come from within me; they are things I feel I want to do. -Roddy Doyle

I write short stories when a little idea occurs to me, that I know isn't a part of a novel that will stand by itself and should be concentrated. -Roddy Doyle

I was going to be a great woman novelist. Then the war came along and I think it's hard for young people today, don't you, to realize that when World War II happened we were dying to go and help our country. -Julia Child

Imagine a world in which no writer has written a literary novel in sixty years. Imagine a place where not a single person has read a book that is truly about the character at its center. -Adam Johnson

I even feel guilty if I'm reading a novel, because I think I should be reading Homer again. I don't really know what free time is, because I don't have something to measure it against. -Simon Armitage

Last week I was just someone who had had a first novel published. -Jon McGregor

I spent most of the '60s, when I was starting to try to write novels, living and working in Greece and Turkey. These are countries where the ancient past is interfused with the daily present, and I remember being struck with wonder at the constant sense of continuity and connection, the reminders that lie in wait for you at every turn. -Barry Unsworth

I'm not a biographer, I'm a novelist. -Barry Unsworth

Hope E. L .James doesn't think I'm being a prankster. I really want to adapt her novels for the screen. Christian Grey is a writer's dream. -Bret Easton Ellis

Whether or not you agree with Ayn Rand – and I have certain issues with some of her beliefs – the woman can tell a story. I mean, the novel as an art form is just in full florid bloom in 'Atlas Shrugged.' It's an unbelievable story. The characters are so compelling, and what she's saying is mind-expanding. -Anne Hathaway

My father was sleepless most of his life. So by the age of five, I was awake with him all night long, watching bad television or we'd lie in the same bed, and I'd read my comic books while he read his latest spy or mystery novel. -Sherman Alexie

I think of my novels as entertainments. -Stephen Carter

Where consumption is both conspicuous and competitive, humanity will never run out of new wishes. All the while, industry creates new desires that are marketed, in the great fashion paradox, as both novelty and need. -James Buchan

Some Pulitzer winners – novelists – have confided to me that getting the prize screwed them up. It messed with their heads. That hasn't been my experience. -Jeffrey Eugenides

Jacques Derrida is a very important thinker and philosopher who has made serious contributions to both philosophy and literary criticism. Roland Barthes is the one I feel most affinity for, and Michel Foucault, well, his writing influenced my novel, 'Middlesex.' -Jeffrey Eugenides

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

I may have one more 'Star Trek' novel in me, but it would be in the old universe, not the new one. -Diane Duane

When I walk up on that shore in Florida, I want millions of those AARP sisters and brothers to look at me and say, 'I'm going to go write that novel I thought it was too late to do. I'm going to go work in Africa on that farm that those people need help at. I'm going to adopt a child. It's not too late, I can still live my dreams.' -Diana Nyad

I'm a big, bombastic novelist and thrill-ride guy. I'm never going to win the National Book Award. -Seth Grahame-Smith

All writing is an act of self-exploration. Even a grocery list says something about you; how much more does a novel say? -Steven Saylor

Even the crudest, most derivative novel is an expression of the author's hopes and fears and ideas about good and evil. -Steven Saylor

I started out as a poet. I've always been a poet since I was 7 or 8. And so I feel myself to be fundamentally a poet who got into writing novels. -Alice Walker

You hear the best stories from ordinary people. That sense of immediacy is more real to me than a lot of writerly, literary-type crafted stories. I want that immediacy when I read a novel. -Chuck Palahniuk

Sometimes I – I try not to read too many fiction or novels. -John Mica

I think of my books now as suspense novels, usually with a love story incorporated. They're absolutely a lot harder to write than romances. They take more plotting and real character development. -Sandra Brown

I've been writing for a long time. I sat down to write my first novel in the middle of March of 1982. -J. A. Jance

I've read every one of Donald Goines' books. So as soon as I heard there was an opportunity for one of his novels to be turned into a movie, I jumped at the opportunity. -DMX

Art, a book, a painting, a song, can definitely inspire change, whether it's a small change or a big change but you know there's novels I've read or a scene in a film that I've seen where I definitely inspired something and made a change or addressed an issue in my life or done something cliche like make a phone call. -Rose Byrne

A lot of why I do something is just the novelty of the experience. -Edward Norton

I'm not a novelty act from the '80s in most parts of the world. -George Michael

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

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

I read all of Ayn Rand's novels when I was 17. -Rand Paul

Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. -Kanye West

I cannot and do not live in the world of discretion, not as a writer, anyway. I would prefer to, I assure you – it would make life easier. But discretion is, unfortunately, not for novelists. -Philip Roth

A couple years ago, the novelist Russell Banks told me he was reading the ancient Greek historian Herodotus. I asked why. He said, 'Because I've always wanted to and am tired of having my reading assigned.' I thought it was a marvelous declaration of independence. -Richard Russo

I get and read an enormous number of first novels. -Richard Russo

I maintain that if you're a novelist and you go into an art museum, you'll come out a better novelist. And if you paint a picture for an hour you're a better actor at the end of it. -John Hawkes

My paintings have gotten to be pretty popular and I've taken a little bit more interest in painting the last few years. In fact, my novel that I wrote not too long ago, 'The Hornet's Nest,' I painted the cover picture for it and I do a good bit of painting now. -Jimmy Carter

In a novel you have to resist the urge to tell everything. -J. K. Rowling

I was writing from the time I was 12 years old, but I originally wanted to be a novelist. -Christopher McQuarrie

Like my hero Virginia Woolf, I do lack confidence. I always find that the novel I'm finishing, even if it's turned out fairly well, is not the novel I had in my mind. I think a lot of writers must negotiate this, and if they don't admit it, they're not being honest. -Michael Cunningham

You have started the book with this bubble over your head that contains a cathedral full of fire – that contains a novel so vast and great and penetrating and bright and dark that it will put all other novels ever written to shame. And then, as you get towards the end, you begin to realise, no, it's just this book. -Michael Cunningham

I seem to produce a novel approximately once every three years. -Michael Cunningham

I revise constantly, as I go along and then again after I've finished a first draft. Few of my novels contain a single sentence that closely resembles the sentence I first set down. I just find that I have to keep zapping and zapping the English language until it starts to behave in some way that vaguely matches my intentions. -Michael Cunningham

Virginia Woolf's great novel, 'Mrs. Dalloway,' is the first great book I ever read. I read it almost by accident when I was in high school, when I was 15 years old. -Michael Cunningham

The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything. -Milan Kundera

The novelist teaches the reader to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude. In a world built on sacrosanct certainties the novel is dead. -Milan Kundera

There are metaphysical problems, problems of human existence, that philosophy has never known how to grasp in all their concreteness and that only the novel can seize. -Milan Kundera

The artist deals in what cannot be said in words. The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words. The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words. -Ursula K. Le Guin

I don't write tracts, I write novels. I'm not a preacher, I'm a fiction writer. -Ursula K. Le Guin

I get a lot of moral guidance from reading novels, so I guess I expect my novels to offer some moral guidance, but they're not blueprints for action, ever. -Ursula K. Le Guin

If you like my novels, I commend your good taste. -Rita Mae Brown

If you don't like my book, write your own. If you don't think you can write a novel, that ought to tell you something. If you think you can, do. No excuses. If you still don't like my novels, find a book you do like. -Rita Mae Brown

Not until my middle thirties did I consider myself a novelist. -Rita Mae Brown

Hollywood called just as I crested thirty. My novels did not and still do not interest them, but my writing ability did. -Rita Mae Brown

Well I'm not a novelist. I've only written one book and that is a memoir. -Carly Fiorina

I think, in common with a lot of novelists, I wasn't the most athletic guy at school. -Chris Cleave

I'm always determined that as a novelist I'm going to go out there and research my characters very thoroughly before I start writing. -Chris Cleave

I've always wanted to write a novel. It's overwhelming and daunting, and it's one of those things that every writer fantasizes about doing. -Howard Gordon

Traditionally, people have been adapting novels and short stories forever. Now, they're doing it simultaneously, with an eye towards writing the movie before the novel has even come out or been finished. It's a function of this hyper-accelerated society we live in, where everyone is trying to short circuit the process. -Howard Gordon

I thought I wanted to be a journalist or a novelist. -Lena Dunham

In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That's the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it. -Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I don't know who said that novelists read the novels of others only to figure out how they are written. I believe it's true. We aren't satisfied with the secrets exposed on the surface of the page: we turn the book around to find the seams. -Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The truth is that I know very few novelists who have been satisfied with the adaptation of their books for the screen. -Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I was writing an earnest novel about cruises in the Caribbean and I just started writing 'Bridget Jones' to get some money, to finance this earnest work, and then I chucked it out. -Helen Fielding

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

It's the technique, I think, of writing a novel that is difficult for a nonfiction writer. -E. O. Wilson

In addition I wanted to write a Southern novel, because I'm a Southerner. -E. O. Wilson

I had reached a point in my career in which I was ready to try something new in my writing, and the idea of a novel has always been in the back of my mind. -E. O. Wilson

People respect nonfiction but they read novels. -E. O. Wilson

I don't think you can write novels on the road. You need a certain stability. -Leonard Cohen

As an adolescent I wrote comic books, because I read lots of them, and fantasy novels set in Malaysia and Central Africa. -Umberto Eco

Every time that I write a novel I am convinced for at least two years that it is the last one, because a novel is like a child. It takes two years after its birth. You have to take care of it. It starts walking, and then speaking. -Umberto Eco

When I feel like being a director, I write a novel. -John Irving

Whatever I write, no matter how gray or dark the subject matter, it's still going to be a comic novel. -John Irving

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

If I have any advantage, maybe, as a writer, it is that I don't think I'm very interesting. I mean, beginning a novel with the last sentence is a pretty plodding way to spend your life. -John Irving

The object is very clear in the fight against racism; you have reasons why you're opposed to it. But when you're writing a novel, you don't want the reader to come out of it voting yes or no to some question. Life is more complicated than that. -Margaret Atwood

I don't think the relationship between novels and realities are one to one. Of course novels play different roles. It's essentially just a long narrative form. What you use that long narrative form for can be very different. -Margaret Atwood

When you read a novel, your own imagery is the most important. It's what makes reading such a wonderful thing. -Daniel Craig

One good reason for writing novels based on your life is that you have something to read in old age when you've forgotten what happened. -Nina Bawden

I'm not embarrassed about the novels I wrote when I was younger, but I couldn't write them today because of my religion. -Louise Mensch

I have always loved to read, and now that I have penned 10 novels and a few magazine articles, I have fallen seriously in love with writing stories and seeing them go out into the world. It's magical, you know? -Dorothea Benton Frank

At the height of the British Empire very few English novels were written that dealt with British power. It's extraordinary that at the moment in which England was the global superpower the subject of British power appeared not to interest most writers. -Salman Rushdie

To be able to analyze plays and novels is so relevant to acting. -Holliday Grainger

I think the short story is a very underrated art form. We know that novels deserve respect. -Neil Gaiman

The short story is still like the novel's wayward younger brother, we know that it's not respectable – but I think that can also add to the glory of it. -Neil Gaiman

When you pick up a novel from the bed side table, you put down your own life at the same time and you become another person for the duration. -Barbara Kingsolver

Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life. -Barbara Kingsolver

Being a novelist and being a mother have exactly coincided in my life: the call from my agent saying that I had a contract for my first novel – that was on my answering phone message when I got back from the hospital with my first child. -Barbara Kingsolver

Every time I write a new novel about something sombre and sobering and terrible I think, 'oh Lord, they're not going to want to go here'. But they do. Readers of fiction read, I think, for a deeper embrace of the world, of reality. And that's brave. -Barbara Kingsolver

Celebrity is absolutely preposterous. Entertainment seems to be inflating. It used to be the punctuation to your life, a film or a novel or a play, a way of celebrating a good week or month. Now it feels as if it's all punctuation. -Hugh Laurie

I have resolved to pick one novel and just read it over and over again for the rest of my life, because I cannot remember anything anymore. -Hugh Laurie

I think the worst and most insidious procrastination for me is research. I will be looking for some bit of fact or figure to include in the novel, and before I know, I've wasted an entire morning delving into that subject matter without a word written. -James Rollins

Whenever I start a novel, I'm always looking for two things: a bit of science that makes me go 'what if?' and a piece of history that ends in a question mark. -James Rollins

I want to write more books, see my first novel made into a film, fight more campaigns, work in more countries. I want to be able to recall experiences that have endured for their pleasure and range and intensity. -Alastair Campbell

You have to be practical. So every time I say, if you want to write a novel you have to be practical, people get bored. They are disappointed. They are expecting a more dynamic, creative, artistic thing to say. What I want to say is: you have to be practical. -Haruki Murakami

A fortunate author can write maybe twelve novels in his lifetime. -Haruki Murakami

Since I have come to America, I am often asked whether my next novel will be set in America. I don't think it will. I think I will be living in America for some time to come, but while living in America, I would like to write about Japanese society from the outside. -Haruki Murakami

When I was a teenager, I thought how great it would be if only I could write novels in English. I had the feeling that I would be able to express my emotions so much more directly than if I wrote in Japanese. -Haruki Murakami

It's true that at the time I was fond of Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and it was from them that I learned about this kind of simple, swift-paced style, but the main reason for the style of my first novel is that I simply did not have the time to write sustained prose. -Haruki Murakami

For me, writing a novel is like having a dream. Writing a novel lets me intentionally dream while I'm still awake. I can continue yesterday's dream today, something you can't normally do in everyday life. -Haruki Murakami

Whenever I write a novel, music just sort of naturally slips in (much like cats do, I suppose). -Haruki Murakami

I am worrying about my country. I feel I have a responsibility as a novelist to do something. -Haruki Murakami

As a novelist, you could say that I am dreaming while I am awake, and every day I can continue with yesterday's dream. Because it is a dream, there are so many contradictions and I have to adjust them to make the story work. But, in principle, the original dream does not change. -Haruki Murakami

I never even had the time to read novels. -George McGovern

I don't very often read novels. -Sidney Poitier

One novel that I think is an overriding influence in my life is 'All the King's Men,' the most beautiful book written in the U.S. -Andrew Gross

To be honest, I wasn't a sci-fi geek at all. But I do love a good sci-fi film, especially one that can really take you away. And I read some reality-bending novels growing up, like stuff by Vonngeut, so I already had one part my brain open to the unnatural and unusual, and it's generally fun to venture into that world and film in it. -Olivia Thirlby

Once a novel gets going and I know it is viable, I don't then worry about plot or themes. These things will come in almost automatically because the characters are now pulling the story. -Chinua Achebe

As an actor, there is room for a certain amount of creativity, but you're always ultimately going to be saying somebody else's words. I don't think I'd have the stamina, skill or ability to write a novel, but I'd love to write short stories and poetry, because those are my two passions. -Daniel Radcliffe

There are now 30-year-old Mexican writers who do great novels in which Mexico isn't even mentioned. -Carlos Fuentes

I always felt a little worm inside me: 'Now you need to write a novel with a woman protagonist.' -Carlos Fuentes

What I want is to respond to the challenge posed by the mass media – to permit the novel to say what can only be said by narrative – to allow it to be itself. -Carlos Fuentes

When reality television really hit, I just had a backlash towards reality. It seemed like a cheap way to make a product. And then when music reality and 'Idol hit,' I just didn't watch it, it seemed novelty. And of course the story of 'Idol,' this is one of the greatest stories in television history. -Carson Daly

A novel captures essence that is not possible in any other form. -Paul Theroux

Mark Twain was a great traveler and he wrote three or four great travel books. I wouldn't say that I'm a travel novelist but rather a novelist who travels – and who uses travel as a background for finding stories of places. -Paul Theroux

I'm not sure I have the physical strength to undertake a novel. -Joan Didion

I suppose I started writing seriously at 16 years old. I thought I wrote a novel at 16 and sent it to New York! They sent it back because it wasn't novel. -Ernest Gaines

I don't like the word rock opera, but I'm trying to write on that level that's reserved for plays still, or novels. -Lou Reed

I really want to write a novel. I also want to learn to play the mandolin. -Emma Watson

I do novels a bit backward. I look for a situation, a milieu first, and then I wait to see who walks into it. -Tom Wolfe

Recently, I haven't had too much time to read. But I love a good romance novel. -Jourdan Dunn

I used the pen name because I knew I wanted to write better novels under my own name someday. -Nelson DeMille

You have to go out of your way as a suspense novelist to find situations where the protagonists are somewhat helpless and in real danger. -Nelson DeMille

I think it's a novelty for cartoon characters to cross over into another strip or panel occasionally. -Bil Keane

Kingsley Amis was one of a trio of brilliant comic novelists who made English literature sparkle in the twentieth century. -Russell Baker

Almost all novels are improved by cutting from the top. On their first pages, authors parade those favourite effects which disgust the impartial reader. -James Buchan

One of the admirable features of British novelists is that they have no scruple about setting their stories in foreign settings with wholly foreign personnel. -James Buchan

The rise to prominence of the Saudi novel in Arabic is the great man-bites-dog of recent world literature. Saudi Arabia is a country without a free press, where European styles and forms are distrusted and where the female half of the population became literate only in this generation. -James Buchan

To make a love story, you need a couple of young people, but to reflect on the nature of love, you're better off with old ones. That is a fact of life and literature – and of the novel ever since it fell in love with love in the 18th century. -James Buchan

I never accepted why there should be some invisible, wavy cutoff line separating Great Fiction from phosphorescent beauties and dollhouse miniatures, novels that contain a whole world in a snow globe. -James Wolcott

Republicans: steely, rational, paternalistic, respectful of authority, easy to herd, the party of No. Democrats: sugary, emotional, idealistic, yearning for novelty, hard to marshal, the party of Oh Yeah, Baby, Make Mama Feel Good. -James Wolcott

I don't assume, because I can write screenplays, that I know how to write a novel. It's a very different world. There's a craft involved in storytelling, and it's a different kind of craft. But yes, someday I will do that. It just might be awhile. -Melissa Rosenberg

Well, the medium of film is so different than a book that just by bringing it into visual storytelling is to change it up. I think in a book, in any book, you can have a reactive character. Some of the great novels of all time have had that, but in a film you can't do that. -Melissa Rosenberg

With 'Darkly Dreaming Dexter,' we as a group of writers had to take a rather thin novel and spread it out over the course of 12 episodes, and not only 12 episodes, but lay in story for everyone that's going to take you through five years. -Melissa Rosenberg

I grew up in a community where it was not the exception to be a good girl. It was sort of expected. And all of my friends were good girls too, and my boyfriends were good boys. Everybody was pretty nice. And that affects how I write my characters. There aren't very many bad guys in my novels. -Stephenie Meyer

I picked up 'The Hunger Games' thinking it was written at my regressed reading level. I've spent hours reading it, and I'm not even halfway through. Our bass player, whose name is also Nate, ended up reading all three novels and loved them. -Nate Ruess

When I complete a novel I set it aside, and begin work on short stories, and eventually another long work. When I complete that novel I return to the earlier novel and rewrite much of it. In the meantime the second novel lies in a desk drawer. -Joyce Carol Oates

I was writing novels in high school and apprenticed myself in a way both to Faulkner and to Hemingway. -Joyce Carol Oates

As a teacher at Princeton, I'm surrounded by people who work hard so I just make good use of my time. And I don't really think of it as work – writing a novel, in one sense, is a problem-solving exercise. -Joyce Carol Oates

Before you can write a novel you have to have a number of ideas that come together. One idea is not enough. -Joyce Carol Oates

A writer should bury his thoughts deep and convey them through the characters in his novel. -Mo Yan

I've tried very hard and I've never found any resemblance between the people I know and the people in my novels. -Francoise Sagan

I had thought of writing, actually, and that later on I'd be a novelist. -Francois Truffaut

I started writing morning pages just to keep my hand in, you know, just because I was a writer and I didn't know what else to do but write. And then one day as I was writing, a character came sort of strolling in and I realized, Oh my God, I don't have to be just a screenwriter. I can write novels. -Julia Cameron

I'm trying to get every man involved in art, into experimental music, or painting, or novel-writing. -Harvey Pekar

I didn't feel the need for anonymous affection, for people in the dark applauding. To me, it would be like writing a novel and then getting up every night and reading your novel. -Tom Lehrer

The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like. -E. L. Doctorow

I'm not the sort of writer who can walk into a party and take a look around, see who's sleeping with whom and go home and write a novel about society. It's not the way I work. -E. L. Doctorow

Things that appear on the front page of the newspaper as 'fact' are far more dangerous than the games played by a novelist, and can lead to wars. -E. L. Doctorow

Writing a novel is one of those modern rites of passage, I think, that lead us from an innocent world of contentment, drunkenness, and good humor, to a state of chronic edginess and the perpetual scanning of bank statements. -J. G. Ballard

I might just write a novel next. I don't know! -Frank Ocean

I envisioned that as my life: staying in academia to make a living and then taking summers off to write my novels. -David Duchovny

I was in and out of comas until I was nine and I would lose entire days and weeks. The novelty of being able to really do stuff hasn't worn off – I still feel like I'm making up for lost time. -Jim Davis

I've never abandoned the novel. -V. S. Naipaul

If you write a novel alone you sit and you weave a little narrative. And it's O.K., but it's of no account. -V. S. Naipaul

After you've read a novel, you only retain a vague memory of its contents. You remember the atmosphere, the odd image or phrase or vivid cameo. -Arthur Smith

I myself am pathetically impressed when I meet writers of very long novels. How can they spend so many hundreds of hours at the miserable, lonely pastime of creating fiction? -Arthur Smith

A movie will do in one second, with one image, what it will take a novelist at least a page to describe. -Yann Martel

'Life of Pi' was actually a very simple novel to write. -Yann Martel

You could say that all novels are spy novels and all novelists are spy masters. -Ian Mcewan

I think of novels in architectural terms. You have to enter at the gate, and this gate must be constructed in such a way that the reader has immediate confidence in the strength of the building. -Ian Mcewan

I actually find novels that are determined to be funny at every turn quite oppressive. -Ian Mcewan

I put it to you that there are no British poets, there are no British novelists. I have heard myself described as one, but I think really I'm an English novelist; there are Scottish poets and Scottish novelists. -Ian Mcewan

How often one reads a contemporary full-length novel and thinks quietly, mutinously, that it would have worked out better at half or a third the length. -Ian Mcewan

The end of secrecy would be the end of the novel – especially the English novel. The English novel requires social secrecy, personal secrecy. -Ian Mcewan

If I could write the perfect novella I would die happy. -Ian Mcewan

The Hollywood movies are more like novels, and the kinds of films I make are more like poems. -Stan Brakhage

Nature conserves, prefers novelty. -Terence McKenna

I'm working on something that's not yet novel-shaped but is something of a film-noir-flavored 'Alice in Wonderland.' It will also very likely be a single volume story and not the start of a series. -Erin Morgenstern

Writing in a near frenzy is wonderful and freeing, but for me, it did not result in a nice, shiny novel. Instead, what I have is a mess. -Erin Morgenstern

Let me back up a little and tell you why I prefer writing to real life: You can rewrite. A novel, for example, can be cleaned up, altered, trimmed, improved. Life, on the other hand, is one big messy rough draft. -Harlan Coben

In real life, coincidences happen all the time. In novels, they are leapt upon with fury. -Harlan Coben

You know, people call mystery novels or thrillers 'puzzles.' I never understood that, because when I buy a puzzle, I already know what it is. It's on the box. And even if I don't, if it's a 5,000-piece puzzle of the 'Mona Lisa', it's not like I put the last piece in and go, 'I had no idea it's the 'Mona Lisa'!' -Harlan Coben

'Caught' is a novel of forgiveness, and the past and the present – who should be and who shouldn't be forgiven. None of my books are ever just about thrills, or it won't work. -Harlan Coben

I wrote seven Myron Bolitar novels in a row, and I never want to write a Myron book where he just solves a crime. Every one of them I want to be personal, and I want him to grow and change. The problem with that is, it makes the series limited, you can't write a series where a guy is always going through some kind of crisis. -Harlan Coben

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

I am still bowled over by this great young adult novel by David Levithan called 'Every Day,' which is about a character with no gender or body who wakes up every day in the body of a different person. It's a really impressive execution of a really great premise. -John Green

When you're writing a novel, you spend four years sitting in your basement and a year waiting for the book to come out and then you get the feedback. When you do work online, the moment you're finished making it, people start responding to it which is really fun and allows for a kind of community development you just can't have in novels. -John Green

I think instead writers and publishers and readers need to go to the places where people are, and make the argument that there is great value to the quiet, contemplative process of reading a novel, that reading great books carefully offers pleasures and consolations that no iPad app ever can. -John Green

I wrote my first novel and my second novel in Chicago. It was the place where I became a writer. It's my favorite city. -John Green

I like to know the places I write about. I feel like it helps me ground the novel. My novels are 'realistic novels,' but they can also be fantastical, so it's nice to have a setting that grounds them a little bit. -John Green

We don't tend to write about disease in fiction – not just teen novels but all American novels – because it doesn't fit in with our idea of the heroic romantic epic. There is room only for sacrifice, heroism, war, politics and family struggle. -John Green

The biggest novelty of 2013 will be new leadership in China. Very little is known about the views of the new leaders – who will rule the country for ten years. But we do know they're the first generation of Chinese leaders who have spent the majority of their lives in a China 'opening up' to the rest of the world. -David Miliband

It's a luxury to be able to tell a long form story. I love novels, and I love to have a long relationship with characters. -Jane Campion

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

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

Madly, futilely, I wrote novel after novel, eight in all, that failed to find a publisher. I persisted because for me the novel was the supreme literary form – not just one among many, not a relic of the past, but the way we communicate to one another the subtlest truths about this business of living. -William Nicholson

Everyone deserves to be the hero of a novel. -William Nicholson

I always think first about the nature of the story. When I had the idea for 'The Namesake,' I felt that it had to be a novel – it couldn't work as a story. -Jhumpa Lahiri

If you are making a script based on a book it can be frustrating going back to the source novel, because you're turning the story into a totally different thing; the narrative of film is different from that of a book. -Clive Owen

If you're writing an opinion piece, it's your job to write your opinion. If, on the other hand, you wrote a novel, as Virginia Woolf tells us, it would be inappropriate if you let your novel be influenced by your political opinions. -David Mamet

I read a lot. I am an inveterate reader. I always have a novel going. -Tom Sizemore

I wasn't interested in novelty. I was looking for good drama. -Tom Baker

I read novels but I also read the Bible. And study it, you know? And the more I learn, the more excited I get. -Johnny Cash

Once, I optioned a novel and tried to do a screenplay on it, which was great fun, but I was too respectful. I was only 100 pages into the novel and I had about 90 pages of movie script going. I realized I had a lot to learn. -Gene Hackman

Yugoslavia was a kind of superpower. Great movies. Beautiful novels. Great rock-and-roll. We became a superpower in basketball. The problem is that people needed to identify more strongly with it after Tito and his awful, tricky way of leading the country. -Emir Kusturica

That seems to be the definition of 'novel' for me: a story that hasn't yet discovered a way to be brief. -George Saunders

Stories in which the destruction of society occurs are explorations of social fears and issues that filmmakers, novelists, playwrights, painters have been examining for a long time. -J. J. Abrams

You know, I read graphic novels but not encyclopedically. -Aisha Tyler

Movie making is not like other art forms, like painting, or writing a novel, because that can be digested or interpreted… It takes two years to make each one of these, and it's always judged on money. -M. Night Shyamalan

To me any given story has its appropriate form. There might be some story I get involved with that's begging to be a graphic novel, so that will have to be that way. -Dave Eggers

My dad was always such a frustrated artist. He always worked very hard to support his family, doing a bunch of ridiculous jobs. He wanted to be a painter, but then he also wrote science-fiction novels in his spare time. -Rainn Wilson

I had bohemian parents in Seattle in the last '60s living in a houseboat. My dad wrote science fiction novels and painted big murals and oil paintings. -Rainn Wilson

As an editor, I read Charlotte Rogan's amazing debut novel, 'The Lifeboat,' when it was still in manuscript. I read it in one night, and I really wanted my company to publish it, but we lost it to another house. It's such a wonderful combination of beautiful writing and suspenseful storytelling. -Karen Thompson Walker

I like to read dramatic novels and I absolutely love magazines. -Maud Welzen

Alan Moore's writing is almost novelistic. It's very intricate and wordy and smart. -Adrianne Palicki

The novel succeeds on terms exclusive to literature. A good film succeeds on terms exclusive to the cinema. That's why so many bad novels can become good movies, like 'Jaws' or 'The Godfather.' -Alexander Payne

Wherever I am, I take books, not novels. -Caprice Bourret

My favorite novels allow me to imagine the characters afterward and what happened, and that I've witnessed a really great story, where the world goes on. -J. H. Wyman

My first book was the most successful debut novel in the U.K. ever and every one of my books has reached number one in the U.K. Clearly the British know brilliance when they see it. -Kathy Reichs

I don't really consider any of my novels 'crime' novels. -Megan Abbott

I don't read that many novels, I'm more of a nonfiction fan. -Cory Monteith

I've never read a young adult novel, though. I'm sure I would love it, but I've never read one. -Elizabeth Olsen

I've never written a movie, I'm not in the movie business. I go out to L.A. and I'm like everyone else wandering around in a daze hoping I see movie stars. I write the novels that the movies are based on, and that feels like enough of a job for me. -Justin Cronin

If you write a good action sequence well in a novel, you're already writing it for film, because the only way to do it well is to use some of the same tricks. They're rhetorical, not visual, but it's the same move. -Justin Cronin

A logic proof is: you get a starting point and an ending point, and you have to get there through all these different steps and tautologies. I approach novel writing that way. When I get to the end I have to go back and connect everything. -Heidi Julavits

When I was 30 or so – by that time I had become an assistant D.A. – I decided I would try to write a novel. To be clear: I did not decide to become a novelist. Honestly, it never crossed my mind that I could actually earn a living as a professional novelist. -William Landay

The most distinguishing element of my novels is that I try as hard as I can – within the context of a popular commercial thriller – to make them feel authentic. Drawing on real locations and real events is part of that authenticity. -Alex Berenson

I've found myself at one in the morning just sitting at my desk spending an hour returning emails from the day until like two in the morning. It's ridiculous, I should be sleeping, or dreaming, or reading a novel. -Brit Marling

Writing is writing. It's an abiding, wonderful talent, craft, gift that stays with you your whole life. And you can go in different forms, and you can try them. Look at me: I'm writing novels because I found something I love because I tried it. -Adriana Trigiani

That's what a good crime novelist – any good novelist – should do with you: play with your perceptions while showing you everything in plain sight. -Harlan Coben

Serial novels have an unexpected effect; they hook the writer as well as the reader. -Alexander McCall Smith

Every novel presents a slice of life. A noir policier for example presents one slice, one that perhaps addresses social dysfunction or some sort of pathology, while mine present a slice that is more upbeat and affirmative. -Alexander McCall Smith

With '44 Scotland Street' I found myself having to work out how a daily novel works, and it is completely different to a conventional novel. -Alexander McCall Smith

Growing up devouring horror comics and novels, and being inspired to become a writer because of horror novels, movies, and comic books, I always knew I was going to write a horror novel. -Colson Whitehead

Writing in a near-frenzy is wonderful and freeing but, for me, it does not result in a nice shiny novel. Instead what I have is a mess. -Erin Morgenstern

My first novel is loaded with food references largely because my cupboards were bare, and I was writing hungry. -Jan Karon

Most people like a little sex in their novels. -John Sandford

There are two kinds of sculptures. There's the kind that subtracts: Michelangelo starts with a block of marble and chips away. And then there is the kind that adds, building with clay, piling it on. The way I write novels is to keep piling on and piling on and piling on. -Jonathan Safran Foer

My greatest fear is feeling like a professional novelist. Somebody who creates characters, who sits down and has pieces of paper taped to the wall – what's going to happen in this scene, or this act. What I like is for it to be a much more scary, sloppy reflection of who I am. -Jonathan Safran Foer

I love reading. I'm very much into history, novels, biographies and I have a wide range of thrillers. -Bruno Tonioli

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

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

You know, in the old days, you might be able to slowly sort of build an audience for your work by publishing two, three novels before you hit it big. You know, now, there's much more of an emphasis in the publishing houses on making sure that every book makes money. -Chad Harbach

The new book is a result of my well-documented… absorption in Samurai movie culture. It's called 'The 47th Samurai: A Bob Lee Swagger novel,' and it takes Bob to Japan in search of the sword his father recovered on Iwo that has gone missing under extremely violent circumstances. -Stephen Hunter

Fiction novels, that's my game. -David Benioff

And I didn't grow up wanting to be a director. I grew up wanting to be a writer, so for me, that was always the goal – to be a novelist, not a screenwriter. And I think, again, if I didn't have the novels, maybe I'd be much more frustrated by not having directed yet. -David Benioff

A certain luxury when you get to writing a novel is to have the space to have your characters just banter. -David Benioff

The novelist is the vestigial bone on the body cinema. We're like the little toe that can be cut off. -Don Winslow

My first novel, 'Leaving Atlanta,' took at look at my hometown in the late 1970s, when the city was terrorized by a serial murderer that left at least 29 African-American children dead. -Tayari Jones

I'm a morning person because I learned to write my novels while still practicing law. I would get to the office at 6:30 a.m. and write until other people arrived, around 9. Now I still do that. I start at 6:30 or 7, and I'll write until 11, then take an hour off, then work until about 2 p.m. By then my brain has had enough. -Steve Berry

People assume that science is a very cold sort of profession, whereas writing novels is a warm and fuzzy intuitive thing. But in fact, they are not at all different. -Diana Gabaldon

I love rare books. Not that I own a lot of them, mind you. You couldn't quite call me a rare-book collector. But I did once work in a rare-books library, and I wrote a novel about a rare book. -Lev Grossman

One already feels like an anachronism, writing novels in the age of what-ever-this-is-the-age-of, but touring to promote them feels doubly anachronistic. The marketplace is showing an increasing intolerance for the time-honored practice of printing information on paper and shipping it around the country. -Lev Grossman

It seems to me that the novel as a medium has a very low signal-to-noise ratio. By which I mean: there are a lot of novels published, but the vast majority of them don't represent major contributions to the medium. -Lev Grossman

Every year the literary press praises dozens if not hundreds of novels to the skies, asserting explicitly or implicitly that these books will probably not be suffering water damage in the basements of their authors' houses 20 years from now. But historically, anyway, that's not the way the novelistic ecology works. -Lev Grossman

I started thinking about the endings of novels not because I think endings are so important, but because I think they're actually not as important as they're sometimes given credit for. -Lev Grossman

I read a lot of literary theory when I was in graduate school, especially about novels, and the best book I ever read about endings was Peter Brooks' 'Reading for the Plot. ' -Lev Grossman

A novel with a bad middle is a bad book. A bad ending is something I've just gotten in the habit of forgiving. -Lev Grossman

The novel is a highly corrupt medium, after all – in the end the vast majority of them simply aren't that great, and are destined to be forgotten. -Lev Grossman

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. -Glen Duncan

A screenwriter heard me read from my novel 'The Wishbones' when it was still in progress and mentioned me to some producers in Hollywood. They called, and I told them I had a novel in my drawer about a high school election that goes haywire. They asked to take a look, and my life changed pretty dramatically as a result. -Tom Perrotta

I used to describe myself as a comic novelist, but my concerns seem to have darkened over the past few years. -Tom Perrotta

I'm not sure that it's possible to write a novel about people who don't transgress or stumble, people who don't surprise themselves with the things they do, people who can explain all their actions with perfect logical consistency. At least it's not possible for me to write that sort of novel. -Tom Perrotta

I'm used to adapting my novels for feature film – it can be challenging to cut and compress three or four hundred pages into two hours of dramatic action. -Tom Perrotta

The few times I've tried to write original screenplays, it's a difficult process because I just don't feel like I know the characters the way I know them after the year or two it takes to write a novel. -Tom Perrotta

As for writing about temptation, there's no drama without temptation, and no novel without drama. -Tom Perrotta

My novels are certainly more exciting than my own life. -Tom Perrotta

Nothing beats novel writing because it's complete expression of you. You just control everything. Not even a movie director has that level of control. -Tom Perrotta

When I was writing 'The White Tiger' I lived in a building pretty much exactly like the one I described in this novel, and the people in the book are the people I lived with back then. So I didn't have to do much research to find them. -Aravind Adiga

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

Every decade of my life I attempted to write a novel. But I had nothing to say. I was far too self-absorbed, and now I realize I was writing for others, so that they'd applaud me, see my genius, tell me how wonderful I am, or be jealous of my success. -Louise Penny

A journalist also needs to be disciplined, and so do I. I am, essentially, lazy. Without discipline I'd be just a mass of gummy bears on the sofa instead of on book tour with my eighth novel. -Louise Penny

I think it's restrictive to typecast myself as a novelist because I enjoy other forms of expression. I love literature and I love cinema. -Julia Leigh

I always think I know the way a novel will go. I write maps on oversized art pads like the kind I carried around in college when I was earnest about drawing. I need to have some idea of the shape of the novel, where its headed, so that I can proceed with confidence. But the truth is my characters start doing and saying things I don't expect. -Julianna Baggott

A good novel doesn't just transcend the boundaries of its target market – it knows nothing about target markets. -Julianna Baggott

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

I had been a reporter for 15 years when I set out to write my first novel. I knew how to research an article or profile a subject – skills that I assumed would be useless when it came to fiction. It was from my imagination that the characters in my story would emerge. -Amy Waldman

History is the history of human behavior, and human behavior is the raw material of fiction. Most people recognize that novelists do research to get the facts right – how a glove factory works, for example, or how courtesans in imperial Japan dressed. -Amy Waldman

As a novelist, you deepen your characters as you go, adding layers. As a reporter, you try to peel layers away: observing subjects enough to get beneath the surface, re-questioning a source to find the facts. But these processes aren't so different. -Amy Waldman

I read Claire Messud's 'The Emperor's Children,' I read Joseph O'Neill's 'Netherland' – but to me, they're not 9/11 novels. In 'The Emperor's Children,' 9/11 felt to me like a piece of the plot; the novel wasn't wrestling with what 9/11 meant. And 'Netherland' felt the same way. I liked both books a lot but I don't see them as 9/11 novels. -Amy Waldman

Writing doesn't come real easy to me. I couldn't write a novel in a year. It wouldn't be readable. I don't let an editor even look at it until the second year, because it would just scare them. I just have to trust that all these scraps and dead-ends will find a way. -Charles Frazier

I think it's harder than ever to be an artist. I think that you end up, especially as a middle-aged person, you pay such big consequences for saying, 'I'm just going to devote my life to making art,' or 'I'm going to devote my life to writing novels.' You end up with no resources. -Dana Spiotta

I have to say that movies have as much impact on me as music. And that I learned as much about narrative from movies as I did from reading novels, how to arrange stories, how to juxtapose things. -Dana Spiotta

The novel is about, for me, sustained and organized looking. I do think that people have a hunger for a sustained engagement, that concentration that the book can offer. -Dana Spiotta

A good novel should be deeply unsettling – its satisfactions should come from its authenticity and its formal coherence. We must feel something crucial is at stake. -Dana Spiotta

It takes a long time to write a novel when you have to keep interrupting your work to earn money. -Dana Spiotta

Memory is not particularly linear – it is associative, repetitive, subjective and porous. But the writer needs to convey disorder and dysfunction without making the novel itself disorderly or dysfunctional. -Dana Spiotta

Personally, I'm a big reader, and I've never wanted any of my favorite novels to be made into movies. -Stephen Moyer

When someone asks me to list the 10 best novels ever written, I always refuse to answer. -Henning Mankell

Although many of his other novels are brilliant there is a power in 'Oliver Twist' that I believe Dickens never managed to retrieve. It is as if he was sent to this earth with the sole purpose of writing this book. -Henning Mankell

For me 'Oliver Twist' is a political novel. It is a furious critique of the treatment of orphans and poor children who were forced to spend their early lives in ghastly institutions. -Henning Mankell

You get spoiled as a novelist because you get to be the director and the editor, and you play all the parts, but as a screenwriter, you are a bit down the ladder. -Jo Nesbo

All my friends who wanted to write had got nowhere trying to write the great European novel. So I deliberately steered clear of that and set out to write something story-led. -Jo Nesbo

Many Scandinavian writers who had made their name in literary fiction felt they wanted to have a go at the crime novel to show they could compete with the best. If Salman Rushdie had been Norwegian, he would definitely have written at least one thriller. -Jo Nesbo

Ever since the '70s, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo were the godfathers of Scandinavian crime. They broke the crime novel in Scandinavia from the kiosks and into the serious bookstores. -Jo Nesbo

I'm not a big crime reader, but I'm reading Michael Connelly's 'The Reversal.' I'm going back to his novels. I'm also reading Keith Richards' 'Life.' I'm always fascinated by the transition from the innocent late '60s and early '70s and the youth culture becoming an industry. -Jo Nesbo

Ever since I was in my teens I had plans at one point in my life to write a novel. -Jo Nesbo

I wasn't that into crime novels at all, but a friend introduced me to the work of Jim Thompson – I loved all his books. -Jo Nesbo

I have questioned myself about the brutality in the last few novels. Actually in 'The Leopard,' in hindsight, I feel I went a little bit too far with screaming blood. There are a couple of scenes that I regret and wish I had the chance to rewrite. 'Phantom' has less blood. -Jo Nesbo

I think escapism is very important, certainly in my life. I love nothing more than escaping into the world of a film or a novel. To be involved in creating that for other people is a privilege. -Ben Barnes

I grew up reading the classic novels of Cold War espionage, and I studied Russian history and Soviet foreign policy. -Daniel Silva

The art of the novelist is not unrelated to the illness of multiple personality disorder. It's a much milder form. But the better the book, the nearer to the padded cell you are. -David Mitchell

I'm a novelist, that's how I make my livelihood, and I concentrate on the novels. -David Mitchell

For me, novels coalesce into being, rather than arrive fully formed. -David Mitchell

I'm certainly a plot and character man. Themes, structure, style – they're valid components of a novel and you can't complete the book without them. But I think what propels me as a reader is plot and character. -David Mitchell

Perhaps where text slides toward ambiguity, film inclines to specificity. A novel contains as many versions of itself as it has readers, whereas a film's final cut vaporizes every other way it might have been made. -David Mitchell

A novelist needs to know his own strong points and weak points. -David Mitchell

The state of childhood resonates with life inside a fantasy novel. If you have no control over how you spend large chunks of your day, or are at the mercy of flawed giant beings, then the desire to bend the laws of the world by magic is strong and deep. -David Mitchell

I would have to say the novel 'War and Peace' influenced me more than any other book. This greatest of novels demonstrated to me the enormous power of literature and fired me up with a desire to become a writer, to participate in what I considered then to be the greatest of all endeavors. -Douglas Preston

I keep telling myself I should try very hard to write a novel of about 210 pages… I don't seem to be capable of it, but I keep hoping it will happen. -Elizabeth Kostova

When I was in fourth grade, a novelist came to talk to my English class. She told us that being an author meant sitting at the kitchen table in pajamas, drinking tea with the dogs at your feet. -J. Courtney Sullivan

I try to write about things, places, events, and phenomena I know about personally. That helps make the novels more genuine. -Lincoln Child

For me, writing never gets easier. It's always hard work. It doesn't matter how many words you wrote the day before, or how many novels you've completed in the last decade: every day you start fresh again with that same blank page, or that same blank screen. -Lincoln Child

Yes, I'm happy with Alan Ball's production of my novels. -Charlaine Harris

I've written a lot of books now; I've been published for over 30 years. I hope with every book I learn something new, and with every new novel I try to improve the process of writing. -Charlaine Harris

I really think more fledgling novelists – and many current and even established novelists – should get out into the real world and cover local politics, sports, culture, and crime and write it up on deadline. -C. J. Box

I wrote one terrible manuscript after another for a decade and I guess they gradually got a little less terrible. But there were many, many unpublished short stories, abandoned screenplays and novels… a Library of Congress worth of awful literature. -Seth Grahame-Smith

If a novelist has created vivid characters, interesting relationships, settings the reader can easily imagine, and intriguing stories, a screenwriter has loads to work with. The challenge comes with deciding what to cut and what to keep. -Seth Grahame-Smith

Some novels present a story form many points of view. Most movies tell only one person's side of the story. Sometime it's easy to use the strongest point of view, or find the character with the most dramatic experience. It depends on which themes the scriptwriter wants to explore. -Seth Grahame-Smith

I meet kids now who become novelists, poets, write for the theater and movies, who were simply inspired by what they saw during the Spoleto Festival. -Pat Conroy

Sometimes, a novel is like a train: the first chapter is a comfortable seat in an attractive carriage, and the narrative speeds up. But there are other sorts of trains, and other sorts of novels. They rush by in the dark; passengers framed in the lighted windows are smiling and enjoying themselves. -Jane Smiley

'Ape House' is an ambitious novel in several ways, for which it is to be admired, and it is certainly an easy read, but because Gruen is not quite prepared for the philosophical implications of her subject, it is not as deeply involving emotionally or as interesting thematically as it could be. -Jane Smiley

Trollope wrote so many novels and other works that they tend to crowd each other out. -Jane Smiley

If there's anything Trollope novels always take seriously, it is money – how it flows from one character to another, how it is managed, who has it, who deserves it, and what it means to a character, male or female. -Jane Smiley

Before I write a novel, images float around in my head that work like icons – they are meaningless in themselves, but serve as reminders. -Jane Smiley

In the traditional urban novel, there is only survival or not. The suburban idea, the conformist idea, that agony can be seen to and cured by doctors or psychoanalysis or self-knowledge is nowhere to be found in the city. Talking is a way of life, but it is not a cure. Same with religion. -Jane Smiley

An urban novelist never minds a little decay. -Jane Smiley

Novelists of a conservative or more purely aesthetic bent hold up better on the surface, but their novels go in and out of fashion according to relevance or irrelevance. -Jane Smiley

Some novelists are luckier than others in the eras of their formative intellectual years, but all Weltanschauungs return, which means that most novelists have at least a chance of a revival. -Jane Smiley

Not every novel that wants to be a tragedy gets to be one. -Jane Smiley

'The Good Soldier' is an odd and maybe even unique book. That it is a masterpiece, almost a perfect novel, comes as a repeated surprise even to readers who have read it before. -Jane Smiley

When 'The Awakening' was published it was considered so scandalous it was banned in the author's home-town library, and she herself was barred from the Fine Arts Club in the same city. What the novel has to offer, among other things, is honesty. -Jane Smiley

When a novel has 200,000 words, then it is possible for the reader to experience 200,000 delights, and to turn back to the first page of the book and experience them all over again, perhaps more intensely. -Jane Smiley

Another thing I learned is that novels, even those from apparently distant times and places, remain current and enlightening, and also comforting. -Jane Smiley

If to live is to progress, if you are lucky, from foolishness to wisdom, then to write novels is to broadcast the various stages of your foolishness. -Jane Smiley

If novels and stories are bulletins from the progressive states of ignorance a writer passes through over the years, observations and opinions about horses are all the more so, since horses are more mysterious than life and harder to understand. -Jane Smiley

Somehow, knowing that Alzheimer's is coming mocks all one's aspirations – to tell stories, to think through certain issues as only a novel can do, to be recognised for one's accomplishments and hard work – in a way that old familiar death does not. -Jane Smiley

With any novel that you begin, you can't foresee how difficult or easy it's going to be, and you can't really prepare yourself. You just have a take it one step at a time and know that it's all right to keep going – you can always fix it. -Jane Smiley

Literature – novels, plays, and poems – can have an uncanny dual life, where they simultaneously represent something eternal and something historical, and this is often how they are taught in school. -Jane Smiley

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

Watching an adaptation of your novel can be a violent experience: seeing your old jokes suddenly thrust at you can be alarming. But I started to enjoy 'Money' very quickly, and then I relaxed. -Martin Amis

My literary career kicked off in 1956 when, as a resident of Swansea, South Wales, I published my first novel, 'Lucky Jim.' -Martin Amis

I am, incidentally, the only writer to have received the Somerset Maugham award twice – the first time for my first novel, the second time for my second first novel. -Martin Amis

Deciding to write a novel about something – as opposed to finding you are writing a novel around something – sounds to me like a good evocation of writer's block. -Martin Amis

Language leads a double life – and so does the novelist. You chat with family and friends, you attend to your correspondence, you consult menus and shopping lists, you observe road signs, and so on. Then you enter your study, where language exists in quite another form – as the stuff of patterned artifice. -Martin Amis

When I wrote 'The Pregnant Widow' three or four years ago, I tried to reread my first novel, 'The Rachel Papers,' because their young heroes are the same age. I couldn't finish it. It seemed to me so technically slapdash and weak. -Martin Amis

The process of writing a novel begins with a pang, a moment of recognition, and a situation, a character, or something you read in a paper, that seems to go off, like a solar flare inside your head. -Martin Amis

All novelists write in a different way, but I always write in longhand and then do two versions of typescript on a computer. -Martin Amis

The process of writing a novel is getting to know more about the novel until you know everything about it. And it's been described as a kind of dreamlike state where you're letting the novel make its own shape, and you're putting into it the pleasure of creation, which is intoxicating. -Martin Amis

Farber had a huge effect on me as a writer. I don't mean I write like him. Farber is, first of all, a great stylist, a great writer. Anyone can read Manny Farber's film criticism, whether that person is a novelist, a poet, another critic, a historian, and learn a lot about writing by reading him. -Greil Marcus

The opening novel of the 'Bayou Trilogy' was the first one I finished. -Daniel Woodrell

In a culture defined by shades of gray, I think the absolute black and white choices in dark young adult novels are incredibly satisfying for readers. -Maggie Stiefvater

A novel is a conversation starter, and if the author isn't there for the after-party, both the writer and the reader are missing a lot. -Maggie Stiefvater

Ideas come from all over, but as I write more and more, I find I'm always hunting for mood: I want to write a novel with a pervasive mood that sticks with you after you close the cover. -Maggie Stiefvater

Characters are the key to a good book. It took me several novels to comprehend that. -Michael Morpurgo

A first novel should be brash and ambitious, and announce the arrival of a new talent. -Stuart Woods

Poetry always runs away from you – it's very difficult to grasp it, and every time you read it, depending on your conditions, you will have a different grasp of it. Whereas with a novel, once you have read it, you have grasped it. -Abbas Kiarostami

I wrote about four novels before I wrote a word of journalism. -Francine Prose

'One Hundred Years of Solitude' convinced me to drop out of Harvard graduate school. The novel reminded me of everything my Ph.D. program was trying to make me forget. Thank you, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. -Francine Prose

There's a tradition in American fiction that is deadly serious and earnest – like the Steinbeckian social novel. -John Hodgman

I use the setting of a small rural Norwegian community – the kind of place that I know so intimately. I could never write a novel set in a big city, because, frankly, I don't know what it would be like. -Karin Fossum

Oh, I'm nerdy about science fiction and fantasy and graphic novels and reading, and I'm nerdy about board games. My favorite board game is a board game I'm working on right now. It's a game of Napoleonic era naval warfare, and it's going to be fun. -Billy Campbell

I sailed a bit as a child, but it wasn't until I was around 40, when I was halfway through Patrick O'Brian's 'Master and Commander' novels, that I had the sudden epiphany that I had to go sail on a square-rig ship. -Billy Campbell

When I first thought of the idea for 'Sweet Valley High,' I loved the idea of high school as microcosm of the real world. And what I really liked was how it moved things on from 'Sleeping Beauty'-esque romance novels where the girl had to wait for the hero. This would be girl-driven, very different, I decided – and indeed it is. -Francine Pascal

When you're 14, anything with a sword and a dragon is pretty cool. But when you're 21 and you've read 2,000 fantasy novels, you start to realize that some of those books, well, they weren't really good. OK, let's be honest. A lot of them were crap. -Patrick Rothfuss

After I'd been in college for a couple years I'd read Shakespeare and Frost and Chaucer and the poets of the Harlem Renaissance. I'd come to appreciate how gorgeous the English language could be. But most fantasy novels didn't seem to make the effort. -Patrick Rothfuss

I started a novel back in high school. It wasn't very good. It was the opposite of good. The writing itself wasn't too bad, and the characters were interesting. But the story was a mess, and it was full of fantasy cliches. Dwarf with an axe. Barbarian warrior. I don't ever think I'd bother finishing that. It's just not worth my time. -Patrick Rothfuss

I've got an idea for a modern day faerie tale that I think would made a great short novel. But I just don't have the time to work on it right now. I'm way too busy with the 'Kingkiller Chronicles' and being a new dad. -Patrick Rothfuss

Before I became a suspense novelist, I wrote romantic suspense as Alicia Scott. -Lisa Gardner

I still read romance, and I read suspense. I read them both. And part of it is, I like stories with strong characters, and I like stories where there's closure at the end. And I like stories where there's hope. That's a kind of empowerment. I think romance novels are very empowering, and I think suspense novels are, too. -Lisa Gardner

What I loved about romances was the character, and I think I still bring that to my novels. What romance taught me was that the 'who' will always matter more than the 'what.' It's fun to come up with plots, but I want to make sure the reader cares about who it's happening to. -Lisa Gardner

I like to believe my suspense novels marry the strong characters from my romance writing past, with the twisty, clever plots of my mystery writing present. -Lisa Gardner

Post-apocalyptic novels tell you that in the future there is some great war. I would tell you that most cops say that it's going on right now. -Lisa Gardner

All I've really ever done is write since I was 17, so I don't know anything about anything. For me to do a novel, I have to talk to people who know things. And what keeps me in suspense is that I am a crime aficionado. -Lisa Gardner

I'd studied 16th century science and magic. I thought it was strange that people were interested in the same kinds of things my research was about. The more I thought about it, the more intriguing it became and pretty soon I was writing a novel about a reluctant witch and a 1500-year-old vampire. -Deborah Harkness

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. -Deborah Harkness

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