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The narrative impulse is always with us;
by Robert Coover

The narrative impulse is always with us;
we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it.
- Robert Coover

All the gossip and craziness becomes a kind of sustained narrative which,
in turn, can become history.
It's scary.
- Barbara Kruger

What gets left out is the narrative between the bullets,
which would tell us who's going to do what and how
we're going to achieve the generic goals on the list.
- Edward Tufte

There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction;
there's only narrative.
- E. L. Doctorow

 

I wanted to hold onto and exploit the power of narrative.
This is not only a book about a great storyteller,
but there have to be stories about the storyteller.
- Stephen Greenblatt

First person narrative is a very effective tool but
you have to know as a writer how to make it work.
- James McBride

To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
- Lord Chesterfield

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It's probably why I'm a short story writer.
I tend to remember things in the past in narrative form,
in story form, and I grew up around people who told stories all the time.
- Tobias Wolff

We construct a narrative for ourselves,
and that's the thread that we follow from one day to the next.
People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.
- Paul Auster

I think that rap is narrative, when it's done right.
- Ajay Naidu

I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition,
a folk tradition.
- Bruce Springsteen

People need a sacred narrative.
They must have a sense of larger purpose,
in one form or another, however intellectualized.
They will find a way to keep ancestral spirits alive.
- E. O. Wilson

I prefer to bring these to the service of story rather
than to let them replace narrative.
- James Gunn

We have a lot of long narrative poems written in the 20th century,
but they're not very well known, and they're not read by very many people.
- Robert Morgan

Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth
as well as height and is solid.
- Thomas Carlyle

Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film,
or at least in narrative feature films.
- Carter Burwell

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

The narrative of serial art works more like music than like literature.
- Sol LeWitt

Writing children's books gives a writer a very strong
sense of narrative drive.
- Helen Dunmore

I write short, my words tight to the thread of the narrative.
- Carmen Laforet

First, it is not unimportant that the legislative texts
of the Old Testament are placed in the mouth of Moses
and within the narrative framework of the sojourn at Sinai.
- Paul Ricoeur

I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's
always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
- Howard Nemerov

I used my instincts.
It's very easy to imagine how you'd feel,
actually.
I just had to tell the narrative.
- Christopher Eccleston

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

My purpose is to make my narrative as truthful as possible.
- George Armstrong Custer

The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity.
- Scott Turow

I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium.
- Brian Eno

The pattern of the narrative never of necessity wants to end,
it never has to.
- Robert Creeley

I love the freedom that the narrative form provides.
- Sidney Sheldon

I hear music as narrative.
- Ajay Naidu

True terror is a language and a vision.
There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts,
and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways
that writers used to aspire to.
- Don DeLillo

The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is
made more by the readers than by writers.
Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.
- Robert Morgan

Southern poets are still writing narrative poems,
poems in forms, dramatic poems.
- Robert Morgan

Documentaries have always inspired me in narrative filmmaking.
- Griffin Dunne

An epic is not made by piecing together a set of heroic lays,
adjusting their discrepancies and making them into a continuous narrative.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

National Standards was not a narrative of past events
but was leftwing revisionism and Political Correctness.
- Phyllis Schlafly

The lyrics are different from Nick Cave songs and lyrics.
His songs are very narrative.
- Stephen Malkmus

Most religions live from a narrative that shapes their
relationship with the divine other,
God or the gods, and with the human other,
the stranger.
- Timothy Radcliffe

And I sense it was a rather constructed,
almost half narrative fiction film in some ways.
A lot of it was staged and manipulated to get those
things in there that I knew to be strong.
- Terry Zwigoff

Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement,
in the dialectic between order and disorder.
- Paul Ricoeur

It's actually pretty complex, because there's two levels
of reality in the narrative.
One is what really took place, and the other is Spider's
poisoned version of what took place.
- Gabriel Byrne

Well, if storytelling is important, then your narrative ability,
or your ability to put into words or use what someone
else has put into words effectively,
is important too.
- Howard Gardner

I'm Godless.
I've had to make my God, and my God is narrative filmmaking.
- Darren Aronofsky

I don't know if there is any one secret to successful writing,
but one important step is to move beyond imitation
and discover what you can write that no one else can -
that is,
find out who you are and write that in an appropriate narrative and style.
- James Gunn

So much of literary sci-fi is about creating worlds
that are rich and detailed and make sense at a social level.
We'll create a world for people and then later present
a narrative in that world.
- James Cameron

The narrative constructs the identity of the character,
what can be called his or her narrative identity,
in constructing that of the story told.
It is the identity of the story that makes the identity of the character.
- Paul Ricoeur

FDR created today's 30 percent coalition.
Obama wants to finish the job by turning it into a
permanent ruling majority.
There's nothing new about the Obama Narrative.
It is the FDR Narrative on steroids.
It is intended to lead to greater statism and political gain.
- Arthur C. Brooks

It has always been something I could do,
and it may seem odd that in my case I seem to create
an interesting narrative and frustrate the reader's
opportunities to follow it at every step.
- Harry Mathews

A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number
of false doors have been painted;
while within the narrative,
we have many apparent choices of exit,
but when the author leads us to one particular door,
we know it is the right one because it opens.
- John Updike

I have always wanted what I have now come to call the
voice of personal narrative.
That has always been the appealing voice in poetry.
It started for me lyrically in Shakespeare's sonnets.
- Diane Wakoski

When I wrote The Virgin Suicides, I gave myself very
strict rules about the narrative voice:
the boys would only be able to report what they had
seen or found or what had been told to them.
- Jeffrey Eugenides

That certainly is one approach to take.
My own is to acknowledge the inner child and try to
work with my first fascination with science fiction.
I have tried to build on its idea content and narrative
drive rather than to discard them.
- James Gunn

Instead, I was interested in what I guess I could call narrative indeterminacy,
in questioning the apparent, taken-for-granted authority
of any particular representation of the events in question.
- Peter Straub

Conventional forms of narrative allow for different points of view,
but for this book I wanted a structure whereby each
of the main characters contributed a distinctive version of the story.
- Penelope Lively

I think that this misses out on some of the interesting narrative realities,
which is that it actually doesn't work very well,
that eliminating diversity is actually a really good
way to make a species and its individuals less robust.
- Cory Doctorow

I will throw all my best efforts into it,
my thoughts and political observations,
but ultimately I want to create a narrative that keeps
you turning the pages and leaves you with a sense that
this thing has a reason for being there.
- Frank Miller

Any long work in which poetry is persistent,
be it epic or drama or narrative, is really a succession
of separate poetic experiences governed into a related
whole by an energy distinct from that which evoked them.
- John Drinkwater

Of the individual poems, some are more lyric and some
are more descriptive or narrative.
Each poem is fixed in a moment.
All those moments written or read together take on
the movement and architecture of a narrative.
- Marilyn Hacker

In my opinion, the most significant works of the twentieth
century are those that rise beyond the conceptual tyranny of genre;
they are,
at the same time, poetry, criticism,
narrative,
drama, etc.
- Juan Goytisolo

The journey and excursions in Mexico which have originated
the narrative and remarks contained in this volume
were made in the months of March,
April, May, and June of 1856, for the most part on horseback.
- Edward Burnett Tylor

I think if I had been writing fiction,
where the work is entirely dependent on the writer's
creativity and the potential directions the narrative might take are infinite,
I might have frozen.
- Laura Hillenbrand

Without sounding too pretentious, I was sort of a slave to the narrative.
When the narrative cracks in, I have to go where it takes me.
I had to go to the Bohemian Grove.
It was the obvious end to the book.
- Jon Ronson

The trite answer is that everything is true but none of it happened.
It is emotionally true, but the events,
the plotting, the narrative, isn't true of my life,
though I've experienced most of the emotions experienced
by the characters in the play.
- Patrick Marber

For long, history was mainly political history,
and historical narrative was confined to an account
of the most important crises in political life,
or to an account of wars and great generals.
- Michael I. Rostovtzeff

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Those who are dedicated to a life of wisdom
understand that the impulse to blame
something or someone is foolishness,
that there is nothing to be gained in blaming,
whether it be others or oneself.
- Epictetus

At a certain point, I just put the building and the art impulse together.
I decided that building was a legitimate way to make sculpture.
- Martin Puryear

Great things are not done by impulse,
but by a series of small things brought together.
- George Eliot

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery,
I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
- Abraham Lincoln

It is well to be alone.
It fertilizes the creative impulse.
- Max Nordau

Nothing makes a man feel older than to hear a band
coming up the street and not to have the impulse to
rush downstairs and out on to the sidewalk.
- Robert Benchley


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