“The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library,’The medicines of the soul.’” —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
“All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.” —Roman Payne
When you design everything about a character, but don't know what to name them
“No one wants to read poetry. You have to make it impossible for them to put the poem down—impossible for them to stop reading it, word after word. You have to keep them from closing the book.” —Muriel Rukeyser
“I look for material that both interest me and challenges me. If I am drawn to the material and I have to work hard at it, the characters and the plots reflect the hours and hours of research.” —David Baldacci
How I feel when I force myself to write even though I don't feel like it.
“Reading is the work of the alert mind, is demanding, and under ideal conditions, produces finally a source of ecstacy. This gives the experience of reading a sublimity and power unequaled by any other form of communication.” —E. B. White
“A novel, in the end, is a container, a shape which you are trying to pour your story into.” —Helen Dunmore
“It isn’t the subjects we write about but the seriousness and subtlety of our expression that determines the worth of our effort.” —Joyce Carol Oates
“Fiction is sort of a way to set the record straight, and let people at least believe that justice can be achieved and the right outcomes can occur.” —David Baldacci