Novelists Do Not Write As Birds Sing

Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.

Goodreads.com. (2019). William Golding Quotes (Author of Lord of the Flies). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/306.William_Golding [Accessed 19 Sep. 2019].
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Be Present In You Discipline

Be more than ready. Be present in your discipline. Remember your gift. Be grateful for your gift and treat it like a gift. Cherish it, take care of it, and pass it on. Use your time to bathe yourself in that gift.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Anna Deavere Smith Quotes (Author of Twilight). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/13228.Anna_Deavere_Smith [Accessed 18 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].

Be Cleverer Than Your Reader; Write Simply

STYLE IS A RELATION BETWEEN FORM AND CONTENT. WHERE THE CONTENT IS LESS THAN THE FORM, WHERE THE AUTHOR PRETENDS TO EMOTION WHICH HE DOES NOT FEEL, THE LANGUAGE WILL SEEM FLAMBOYANT. THE MORE IGNORANT A WRITER FEELS, THE MORE ARTIFICIAL BECOMES HIS STYLE. A WRITER WHO THINKS HIMSELF CLEVERER THAN HIS READERS WRITES SIMPLY, ONE WHO IS AFRAID THEY ARE CLEVERER THAN HE, WILL MAKE USE OF MYSTIFICATION: GOOD STYLE IS ARRIVED AT WHEN THE CHOSEN REPRESENTS WHAT THE AUTHOR REQUIRES OF IT WITHOUT MYSTIFICATION.
–Cyril Connolly was an English writer.

Source: Goodreads.com. (2019). Cyril Connolly Quotes (Author of The

Unquiet Grave). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/51067.Cyril_Connolly [Accessed 10 Sep. 2019].

Keep These Elements to Guide You As You Write

Problem, purpose, conflict, goal. Use them. Think about them while you are in the planning phase of your novel; keep these elements at the back of your mind to guide you while you write. When you have written a scene, make sure they are all there, or that if one or another is missing, it is intentional and the effect is what you want.
— Phyllis A. Whitney, Japanese-born American writer.

Source: Goodreads.com. (2019). Phyllis A. Whitney Quotes (Author of Hunter’s Green). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/151920.Phyllis_A_Whitney [Accessed 9 Sep. 2019].

Learn Your Craft

YOU MUST WANT TO ENOUGH. ENOUGH TO TAKE ALL THE REJECTIONS, ENOUGH TO PAY THE PRICE OF DISAPPOINTMENT AND DISCOURAGEMENT WHILE YOU ARE LEARNING. LIKE ANY OTHER ARTIST YOU MUST LEARN YOUR CRAFT—THEN YOU CAN ADD ALL THE GENIUS YOU LIKE.
— Phyllis A. Whitney, Japanese-born American writer.

Source: Goodreads.com. (2019). Phyllis A. Whitney Quotes (Author of Hunter’s Green). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/151920.Phyllis_A_Whitney [Accessed 9 Sep. 2019].