Archive for the ‘novels’ Category

Quote of the day, Nov. 12

November 12, 2015

Ian Rankin, on writing

“The most difficult part of any crime novel is the plotting. It all begins simply enough, but soon you’re dealing with a multitude of linked characters, strands, themes and red herrings—and you need to try to control these unruly elements and weave them into a pattern.”

Quote of the day, March 18

March 18, 2015

Herman Melville, from Moby Dick

“Delight is to him whose strong arms yet support him, when the ship of this base treacherous world has gone down beneath him.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 30

December 30, 2014

James A. Michener, on writing (1985)

“The really great writers are people like Emily Brontë who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination.”