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Joyce Carey Quotes and Sayings

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A novel points out that the world consists entirely of exceptions.
- Joyce Carey

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing a novel without being asked seems a bit like
having a baby when you have nowhere to live.
- Lucy Ellman

Novel writing is far and away the most exhausting work I know.
- C. S. Forester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Novel writing wrecks homes.
- C. S. Forester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Novel technologies and ideas that impinge on human
biology and their perceived impact on human values
have renewed strains in the relationship between science and society.
- Paul Berg

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

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

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

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

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

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 am writing my second novel for children for Simon and Schuster.
- Marlee Matlin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'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

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

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


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