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Focus in on the genre you want to write,
and read books in that genre.
A LOT of books by a variety of authors.
And read with questions in your mind.
- Nicholas Sparks

November is Jewish book month, so Jewish Community
Centers all around the country have book fairs where
they invite authors and sell books in advance of the holidays.
- Anita Diament

Read.
Read.
Read.
Just don't read one type of book.
Read different books by various authors so that you
develop different styles.
- R. L. Stine

Many contemporary authors drink more than they write.
- Maxim Gorky

 

You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse,
abandon your children.
But they remain your co-authors forever.
- Ellen Goodman

Nature, when she invented, manufactured,
and patented her authors, contrived to make critics
out of the chips that were left.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink,
old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
- Athenaeus

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Now it is quite clear to me that there are no solid spheres in the heavens,
and those that have been devised by the authors to save the appearances,
exist only in the imagination.
- Tycho Brahe

Let us hope that good authors who are bad Christians
will find salvation through the books they write.
- Julien Green

Authors want their names down in history;
I want to keep the smoke coming out of the chimney.
- Mickey Spillane

Age appears to be best in four things;
old wood best to burn,
old wine to drink, old friends to trust,
and old authors to read.
- Francis Bacon

God will finish what He authors, but He is not obligated
to finish what He has not authored.
- Edwin Louis Cole

The first pork-barrel bill that crosses my desk,
I'm going to veto it and make the authors of those
pork-barrel items famous all over America.
- John McCain

Authors like cats because they are such quiet,
lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
- Robertson Davies

The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead,
but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.
- Thomas Hobbes

Dickens is one of those authors who are well worth stealing.
- George Orwell

Great authors are admirable in this respect:
in every generation they make for disagreement.
Through them we become aware of our differences.
- Andre Gide

I have this theory that the likeability question comes
up so much more with female characters created by female
authors than it does with male characters and male authors.
- Curtis Sittenfeld

If you can find collaborators whose strengths compliment your own,
the result can be more than the sum of its authors.
- Walter Jon Williams

I can't speak for the other authors,
but what I hoped to achieve was to illuminate certain
corners of the Lucas universe that hadn't yet been explored.
- Walter Jon Williams

Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely,
given the numbers of books that were written because
authors couldn't find anyone to talk to.
- Alain de Botton

A study in the Washington Post says that women have
better verbal skills than men.
I just want to say to the authors of that study:
'Duh.'
- Conan O'Brien

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

Writing a song is much like being an author.
Yes, we all have tools to write (everyone has a brain I hope!),
but that doesn't all of a sudden make us best selling authors.
- Ken Hill

Authors from whom others steal should not complain,
but rejoice.
Where there is no game there are no poachers.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

The world is crawling with authors touring now.
They're like performance artists.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper
to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful
and entertaining authors.
- David Viscott

Good authors, too, who once knew better words now only
use four-letter words writing prose...
anything goes.
- Cole Porter

Though by whim, envy, or resentment led,
they damn those authors whom they never read.
- Charles Churchill

Even the contemporary horror authors who have seriously
influenced me are a disparate bunch.
- George Stephen

There are certain authors that do not turn students on;
it is the truth.
Homer happens to be one of them.
- William Scott

Try to meet as many authors, agents,
and editors as you can.
- Walter Jon Williams

When authors who write literary fiction begin to write screenplays,
everybody assumes that's the end.
Here's another who's never going to write well again.
- Richard Russo

In England only uneducated people show off their knowledge;
nobody quotes Latin or Greek authors in the course of conversation,
unless he has never read them.
- George Mikes

The Internet offers authors and their readers a new
diversity of opportunities and freedom.
- Frederick Forsyth

When audiences come to see us authors lecture,
it is largely in the hope that we'll be funnier to look at than to read.
- Sinclair Lewis

A pin has as much head as some authors and a good deal more point.
- George Dennison Prentice

Levi is one of the best authors I've ever read.
It's hard not to have an immediate personal response to his work.
He has such a quiet tone.
- John Turturro

How many authors are there among writers? Author means originator.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Theology made no provision for evolution.
The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all!
Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God?
- E. O. Wilson

All great authors are seers.
- George Henry Lewes

I think authors can get into trouble viewing the subject matter as their turf.
- Laura Hillenbrand

Authors are sometimes like tomcats: They distrust all
the other toms but they are kind to kittens.
- Malcolm Cowley

It's the misfortune of German authors that not a single
one of them dares to expose his true character.
Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is.
- Franz Grillparzer

Monarchs ought to put to death the authors and instigators of war,
as their sworn enemies and as dangers to their states.
- Elizabeth I

God authors desires in your heart, then fulfills His
Will by enabling you to realize those desires.
- Edwin Louis Cole

Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors
and composers have written a good part,
a fact which is often overlooked.
- Judy Holliday

The key factor is whether the agent is a member of
the Association of Authors' Representatives,
which screens its members and requires them to uphold a Canon of Ethics.
- Richard Curtis

I thought it was amazing to work with authors,
to get a manuscript and try to make up a cover for it.
- Dick Bruna

Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire.
- J. K. Rowling

Let authors write for glory and reward.
The truth is well paid when she is sung and heard.
- James J. Corbett

There are so many good authors; there's no shortage of them.
- Jeanne Calment

I enjoyed reading all the classic authors like Isaac Asimov and Bradbury.
- William Shatner

Most books, like their authors, are born to die;
of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them;
they live,
and their influence lives forever.
- William Styron

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations...
The quotations, when engraved upon the memory, give you good thoughts.
They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
- Winston Churchill

Among all kinds of Writing, there is none in which
Authors are more apt to miscarry than in Works of Humour,
as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel.
- Joseph Addison

Composers, like authors, have a lot in common.
Our main goal is to connect with the listener emotionally.
- Ken Hill

In quoting of books, quote such authors as are usually read;
others you may read for your own satisfaction,
but not name them.
- John Selden

Of the female black authors, I really like Morrison's early books a lot.
But she's really become so much a clone of Faulkner.
He did it better.
- Leslie Fiedler

Books choose their authors; the act of creation is
not entirely a rational and conscious one.
- Salman Rushdie

I've had a lot of very positive feedback about those stories,
and seem to have struck upon something that most people feel.
I can also tap dance, and don't know many other authors who can.
- Paul Kane

We see them when they come to New York.
They stay at my wife's apartment.
We have quite a correspondence with them at all times.
They play a very important role, the authors in the firm,
because so much of the material we publish is suggested by them.
- James Laughlin

In the underlying bill, I think the authors of the legislation,
those in support of it, understand the use of the Mississippi River.
Yes, there is commercial navigation on it,
and there will be tomorrow.
- Ron Kind

A characteristic of older folksongs,
in most cases,
is that we don't know their composers or authors.
Older folksongs were written often with no commercial purpose in mind.
They were passed down by word of mouth,
from generation to generation.
- Tom Glazer

There were speeches made in Congress in the very last
session before the outbreak of the Rebellion,
so ferocious as to show that their authors were under
the influence of a real frenzy.
- Edward Everett

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

I have a private press.
I'm a book artist.
I publish books of other authors and artists.
I do the illustrating.
I set the type.
I print it myself on my press.
I do everything but bind it.
- Gloria Stuart

The society of dead authors has this advantage over that of the living:
they never flatter us to our faces,
nor slander us behind our backs, nor intrude upon our privacy,
nor quit their shelves until we take them down.
- Charles Caleb Colton

In comparing various authors with one another,
I have discovered that some of the gravest and latest
writers have transcribed,
word for word, from former works, without making acknowledgment.
- Pliny the Elder

Some authors have a very hard time understanding that
in order to be faithful to the spirit of the book,
it's almost always impossible to remain faithful to the text.
You have to make changes.
- Richard Russo

There's no doubt that scientific training helps many
authors to write better science fiction.
And yet, several of the very best were English majors
who could not parse a differential equation to save their lives.
- David Brin


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