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Collecting quotes is a small hobby of mine. I especially like quotes by writers that reveal some facet of the writing process. Here I have compiled a list of those quotes, including as many genre writers as I could find. I hope they are a source of inspiration to you.

"Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot." --Neil Gaiman, The Sandman #19, (September 1990)

"To be 'matter of fact' about the world is to blunder into fantasy--and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful." --Robert A. Heinlein

"Milord, I should be sorry if I only entertained them. I wished to make them better." --Handel

"You can't wait for inspiration--you have to go after it with a club."--Jack London

"The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to invent, and therefore to foster, civilization.--L. Frank Baum

"To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything."--Anatole France

"If a writer has to rob his mother he will not hesitate; the "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is worth any number of old ladies."--William Faulkner

"The chief glory of every people arises from its authors."--Samuel Johnson

"It's only work if you would rather be doing something else."--Abigail Van Buren, a.k.a. Dear Abby

"The wise man reads both books and life itself."--Lin Yutang

"How do you become a writer?" You write. That is, you put words on paper until you have completed one or more stories. There is simply no other way to do it. "How do you get published?" You send those stories to someone who, if he likes them, can publish them--as for instance the editor of a magazine you read, whose name and address you get from the contents page of the magazine. That is the whole of the law."--Frederik Pohl

"People ask me why I write what I write. At the end of the day, the real answer is, "What makes you think I have any choice at all?" If you stick me and Stephen King and John Grisham in front of a decaying old house in the woods, Steve would probably come up with a story about the really nasty thing that lives in that house that's going to eat the couple lost in the woods who turn up there and John Grisham is probably going to do the novel saying that's the place where the young attorney fleeing from the city with secrets in his briefcase can go and hide. I'd wonder what would happen if the little shack in the woods got up on chicken legs and walked away."--Neil Gaiman, Wicked magazine interview, Winter 1999



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