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 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].