- There are no inferior types of fiction, only inferior practitioners of them.
- As much as I like it when a book I'm writing speeds along, the downside can be that an author becomes too eager to finish and rushes the end. The end is even more important than the first page, and rushing can damage it.
- Don't give in to doubt. Never be discouraged if your first draft isn't what you thought it would be.
- When I teach at writers’ conferences, I always begin by asking my students, “What defect in your personality makes you want to be writers?” They chuckle, assuming that I’ve made a joke. But my question is deadly serious. Writing is so difficult, requiring such discipline, that I’m amazed when someone wants to give it a try.
- To all librarians everywhere, God bless you.
- The difference between fiction writers and civilians is that we make it our life’s work to put our daydreams and day-nightmares on paper.
- Writers write. It’s that basic. If you just got off an assembly line in a factory and you’re certain you have the great American novel inside you, you don’t grab a beer and sit in front of the TV. You write. If you’re a mother of three toddlers and at the end of the day you feel like you’ve been spinning in a hamster cage and yet you’re convinced you have a story to tell, you find a way late at night or early in the morning to sit down and write.
- On every page, confidence fights with self-doubt. Every sentence is an act of faith.
- Before I start a project, I always ask myself the following question. Why is this book worth a year of my life? There needs to be something about the theme, the technique, or the research that makes the time spent on it worthwhile.
- When I teach writing, I have a mantra: Be a first-rate version of yourself, and not a second-rate version of another writer.
- A thriller must be thrilling. A mystery may or may not be a thriller depending on how much breathless emotion it has, as opposed to cerebral calculation.
- You have to follow your own voice. You have to be yourself when you write. In effect, you have to announce, 'This is me, this is what I stand for, this is what you get when you read me. I'm doing the best I can - buy me or not - but this is who I am as a writer.'
- 'What if?' Through the alchemy of those two words, something new comes into the world.
Morrell is a Canadian novelist. He is well known for his 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become the successful Rambo film franchise. He has written more than 30 novels, and his work has been translated into 26 languages.
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