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The most important aspect of any story,
by Nora Roberts

The most important aspect of any story,
to me, is character.
- Nora Roberts

I long for typical days, but rarely get them any more.
- Nora Roberts

I decided to write category romance as I'd recently discovered them,
and enjoyed them.
- Nora Roberts

I find I use the Internet more and more.
It's just an invaluable tool.
I do most of my research on the Net now -
and certainly do the bulk of my communicating through email.
- Nora Roberts

 

I read a lot - and I read a variety of genres.
- Nora Roberts

I loved the process of writing.
- Nora Roberts

I would hope that my writing's cleaner than it was when I started.
- Nora Roberts

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Aren't most romance heros, or heros in fiction of any kind,
generally superior to real men? Same goes for heroines and real women.
- Nora Roberts

For over a year I continued to submit mss,
and have them rejected - the last few with rejection
letters indicated the story was pretty good,
but I was American.
- Nora Roberts

I've gotten to know a number of readers from being online,
and really treasure the time I've spent with them.
- Nora Roberts

I believe strongly in writing groups such as Romance
Writers Of America that offer support,
information and networking.
- Nora Roberts

One of my greatest pleasures is falling into a story
someone else has written.
- Nora Roberts

I do indeed write on the road.
My laptop goes with me everywhere.
- Nora Roberts

In the summer of '80, Silhouette bought my first book.
- Nora Roberts

I don't think you can write - at least not well -
if you don't love stories,
love the written word.
- Nora Roberts

If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework,
there are reader expectations.
- Nora Roberts

I don't base any character on a real person,
and really don't do composites either.
I make them up.
- Nora Roberts

You don't find time to write.
You make time.
It's my job.
- Nora Roberts

I generally write a first draft that's pretty lean.
Just get the story down.
- Nora Roberts

Mary Stewart will always be my goddess.
I can pick up one of her early books -
one I've read a dozen times -
and still slide right into the story.
- Nora Roberts

And each book has to receive your best effort every single time.
No slacking.
- Nora Roberts

Love and magic have a great deal in common.
They enrich the soul, delight the heart.
And they both take practice.
- Nora Roberts

Certainly the plagiarism, and dealing with the fallout of it,
was the most difficult thing I've ever faced since I started writing.
- Nora Roberts

I don't believe for one moment you can write well what
you wouldn't read for pleasure.
- Nora Roberts

Actually, I find it great fun to develop family series with lots of characters.
- Nora Roberts

I don't fiddle or edit or change while I'm going through that first draft.
- Nora Roberts

Every writer has to figure out what works best -
and often has to select and discard different tools
before they find the one that fits.
- Nora Roberts

Action, reaction, motivation, emotion,
all have to come from the characters.
Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other.
- Nora Roberts

My own sense of family, where I came from and what
I made for myself is an important part of my life.
- Nora Roberts

I need to write to be happy.
- Nora Roberts

I'd always loved to read - and come from a family of readers -
but I never thought about writing as a career.
- Nora Roberts

Every single book is a challenge.
- Nora Roberts

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde

Love is when the other person's happiness
is more important than your own.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Curiosity takes courage.
The most important promises are the ones you make to yourself.
Pay Attention.
Appreciate. Listen. Imagine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world.
- Albert Einstein

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

Never give up on the most important goals in your life.
Never give up on your life purpose.
Never give up on your core values.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
- Abraham Lincoln

It's fine to celebrate success
but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
- Bill Gates

Make Today count. Today - each Today -
is the most important day of your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you,
but it is most important that you do it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

One important key to success is self-confidence.
An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
- Arthur Ashe

Truth is certainly a branch of morality
and a very important one to society.
- Thomas Jefferson

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters
cannot be trusted with important matters.
- Albert Einstein

Believe in yourself. Dream big dreams.
Set important goals. Take action on those goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not what we choose that is important;
it is the reason we choose it.
- Carolyn Myss

You have to accept whatever comes
and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage
and with the best that you have to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown
is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
- Bertrand Russell

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein

An idea that is developed and put into action
is more important than
an idea that exists only as an idea.
- The Buddha

Remember that nurturing yourself is as important
(if not more so) as nurturing others.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is a fine thing to be honest,
but it is also very important to be right.
- Winston Churchill

Be alert. The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that you are a gift to the world.
Your life is important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is important to expect nothing,
to take every experience,
including the negative ones,
as merely steps on the path,
and to proceed.
- Ram Dass

Make your important choices in life
based on your values and your long-term objectives
rather than on a need for approval.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy

Confidence is the most important thing,
more important than gold or currency.
- Wen Jiabao

The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It's not that important,
don't worry about it" is the answer,
now what was the question?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of others' opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage
to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.
- Steve Jobs

The practice of forgiveness is our most important
contribution to the healing of the world.
- Marianne Williamson

The truth is more important than the facts.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Nearly everything you do is of no importance,
but it is important that you do it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed
is more important than any other one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

Courage is not the absence of fear,
but rather the judgement that something else
is more important than fear.
- Ambrose Redmoon

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie


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