Archive for September, 2010

Davis on the reader

The normal reader is in a receptive mood. He is prepared, without consciousness of the fact, to have his emotions stirred by intelligent exaggeration.–Hartley Davis

Share
Full Story

Stevenson on place

There is a fitness in events and places. One place suggests work, another idleness, a third early rising and long rambles in the dew. The effect of night, of any flowing water, of lighted cities, of the peep of day, of ships, of the open ocean, calls up in the mind an army of anonymous […]

Share
Full Story

La Fontaine on the story that says something

Fables in sooth are not what they appear, Our moralists are mice, and such small deer, We yawn at sermons but we gladly turn To moral tales, and so amused we learn.–La Fontaine

Share
Full Story

Hugo on audiences

There are three kinds of audiences: thinkers, who demand characterization; women who demand passion; and the mob who demand action.–Victor Hugo

Share
Full Story

Lord on what people yearn for

Were you to ask me to name the kind of news for which the people yearn, I surely must reply that it is the details of a contest–a fight whether between men or dogs or armies–Chester S. Lord, former editor N.Y. Sun

Share
Full Story

Uzzell on the first million words

The average beginner may well expect to write a million words before he will have noticeable facility in style.–Thomas H. Uzzell, Narrative Technique: A Practical Course in Literary Psychology

Share
Full Story

Poe on the single effect

A skillful literary artist has constructed a tale. If wise, he has not fashioned his thoughts to accomodate his incidents; but having conceived, with deliberate care, a certain unique or single effect to be wrought out, he then invents such incidents–he then combines such events as may best aid him in establishing this preconceived effect. […]

Share
Full Story

Mathews

If you wish your audience to get a thing, you have to tell them that you are going to do it, and while it is being done you must tell that that you are doing it, and after it is done, you must tell them that it is done–and then they won’t understand it.–Brander Mathews

Share
Full Story

de Maupassant on passion

It is fine to have passions.–Guy de Maupassant

Share
Full Story

Stevens on metaphor

Reality is a cliche from which we escape by metaphor.–Wallace Stevens, Opus Posthumous

Share
Full Story

© 2006-2018 Writer's Quote Daily All Rights Reserved -- Copyright notice by Blog Copyright