Books Are Wonderful Things

Books are wonderful things; to sit alone in a room and laugh and cry, because you are reading, and still be safe when you close the book; and having finished it, discover you are changed, yet unchanged! To be able to visit the City of Invention at will, depart at will – that is all, really, education is about, should be about.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Fay Weldon Quotes (Author of The Life and Loves of a She Devil). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/50416.Fay_Weldon [Accessed 22 Sep. 2019].
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A Short Story Is A Different Thing Altogether

A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Stephen King Quotes (Author of The Shining). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3389.Stephen_King [Accessed 21 Sep. 2019].

Cut To The Bone When Revising

When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Stephen King Quotes (Author of The Shining). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3389.Stephen_King [Accessed 21 Sep. 2019].

Listen To The Critics

The worst advice? ‘Don’t listen to the critics.’ I think that you really ought to listen to the critics, because sometimes they’re telling you something is broken that you can fix.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Stephen King Quotes (Author of The Shining). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3389.Stephen_King [Accessed 21 Sep. 2019].

Imagination Must Be Exercised In A Disciplined Way

The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Stephen King Quotes (Author of The Shining). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3389.Stephen_King [Accessed 21 Sep. 2019].

The Best Fantasy Is Written In The Language Of Dreams

The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.

Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.
They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth.

Goodreads.com. (2019). George R.R. Martin Quotes (Author of A Game of Thrones). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/346732.George_R_R_Martin [Accessed 20 Sep. 2019].