"Make 'em laugh; make 'em cry; make 'em wait,"
"Stay with what it is and it will give you everything that isn't. From this wooden table I am learning on, I can build a whole world of fiction,"
"Get on with it. There are people who 'talk book', and there are people who 'write book': talking writers, and writing writers,"
"Asking a writer what he thinks abour critics, is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs,"
"The title of the novel is part of the text, the first part of it, in fact, that we encounter - and therefore has considerable power to attract and condition the reader's attention,"
"I have never written for more than half an hour in my life. Writing to me only occupies a teeny wee bit of my life. And to be truthful, I hate writing. I wouldn't like the idea of writing all day at all,"
"If a writer knows something, even if he doesn't write it, it is present in his work,"
"If you have a skeleton in your cupboard, take it out and dance with it,"
"If a publisher declines your manuscript, remember it is merely the decision of one fallible human being, try another,"
"If you really want to achieve greatness, you have to keep challenging yourself. You have to keep going back into yourself,"
"What all of us must do is get an idea that excites US and then write the hell out of it. Write it as well as you know how. And if you hit a nerve, and it's true, then you have a chance,"
"As a writer, you're rejected so often that you have to develop a resilience. So when I'm down it rarely lasts...I search around until I find something to get excited about,"
"Do they keep throwing the book at Jeffrey Archer as an act of revenge for his lousy novels?"
"You wrote too fast. You're scared. Slow down. You shouldn't write a short story in less than two months,"
"The beginning is the 'want', the middle the 'conflict' and the end is the 'resolution',"
"There will come a day, if you persist, when your pen will move nimbly and you will feel elated, and exclaim to yourself: Now I know that I can write,"
"Jilly Cooper has been described as 'insecure and ludicrously sensitive': characteristics of any successful writer,"
"Writing is a dog's life, but the only one worth living,"
"If you write from the heart, you are writing at the very best of your ability,"
"I can't write a sex scene. In my first book there was one four-letter word, and my mother saw it and told me off about it. I wrote a sex scene and when Doubleday (publishers) saw it they just laughed at me. They said, 'You don't need it. You are a story-teller,'"
"When I was ten, my dad bought me a second-hand typewriter and I typed out these little tales and stitched them in a folder with a hand-painted title. When I was twelve I submitted one - about a little horse, I think - to something called The Children's Mag and it was actually published. I have never stopped writing since,"
BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD
"Write hard and clear about what hurts,"
"All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath,"
"Don't allow yourself to get fussed over how to begin. Don't sit staring at a blank screen,"
"Raising questions and then supplying plaudsible, yet unexpected answers, this is the job of the storyteller,"
"Fiction fatigue - expect it, and don't let it ruin your story,"
"I would never write about someone who is not at the end of his rope,"
"Give the readers a book with people they care about and they will queue up to shake the author's hand,"
"An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke,"
"Always remember your reader, or else you are talking to yourself,"
“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.”