Stories Can Be Used To Empower And Humanize

Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes (Author of Americanah). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/11291.Chimamanda_Ngozi_Adichie [Accessed 15 Sep. 2019].
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Surprise The Reader With The Unexpected

Provoke the reader. Astonish the reader. Writing that has no surprises is as bland as oatmeal. Surprise the reader with the unexpected verb or adjective. Use one startling adjective per page.

— Anne Bernays, American writer.

Bernays, A. and Painter, P. (2019). What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. [online] Goodreads.com. Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6561354-what-if-writing-exercises-for-fiction-writers [Accessed 14 Sep. 2019].

A Person is A Fool to Become a Writer

A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.
— Roald Dahl, British writer.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Roald Dahl Quotes (Author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4273.Roald_Dahl [Accessed 13 Sep. 2019].

Those Who Don’t Believe in Magic Will Never Find It

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
— Roald Dahl, British writer.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Roald Dahl Quotes (Author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4273.Roald_Dahl [Accessed 13 Sep. 2019].

Writers Who Don’t Write Wallow in a Sea of Possibilities

The only writers who have any peace are the ones who don’t write. And there are some like that. They wallow in a sea of possibilities. To express a thought, you first have to limit it, and that means kill it. Every word I speak robs me of a thousand others, and every line I write means giving up another.
— Stanisław Lem, Polish writer.

Source: Goodreads.com. (2019). Stanisław Lem Quotes (Author of Solaris). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/10991.Stanis_aw_Lem [Accessed 12 Sep. 2019].

A Good Story is Like a Bitter Pill

A GOOD STORY IS LIKE A BITTER PILL, WITH THE SUGAR COATING INSIDE OF IT.
— O. Henry, born William Sydney Porter, American writer.

Source: Goodreads.com. (2019). O. Henry Quotes (Author of The Gift of the Magi). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/8993.O_Henry [Accessed 11 Sep. 2019].

The Whole Secret to Short Story Writing

I’LL GIVE YOU THE WHOLE SECRET TO SHORT STORY WRITING. HERE IT IS. RULE 1: WRITE STORIES THAT PLEASE YOURSELF. THERE IS NO RULE 2.
— O. Henry, born William Sydney Porter, American writer.

Source: Goodreads.com. (2019). O. Henry Quotes (Author of The Gift of the Magi). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/8993.O_Henry [Accessed 11 Sep. 2019].