Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence -- a lot passes you by -- simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.
A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.
Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.
The only imaginative fiction being written today is income tax returns.
When we risk no contradiction, it prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.
Fiction is an act of revenge.
A play is fiction and fiction is fact distilled into truth.
You cannot be free if you are contained withing a fiction.
It does sound like a science fiction story and I may sound like one of these guys who walks up and down with a sandwich board saying the end of the world is nigh, but the end is nigh...
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
The purpose of a work of fiction is to appeal to the lingering after-effects in the reader's mind as differing from, say, the purpose of oratory or philosophy which respectively leave people in a fighting or thoughtful mood.
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.
Questions are fiction, and answers are anything from more fiction to science-fiction.
Jesus of Nazareth could have chosen simply to express Himself in moral precepts; but like a great poet He chose the form of the parable, wonderful short stories that entertained and clothed the moral precept in an eternal form. It is not sufficient to catch man's mind, you must also catch the imaginative faculties of his mind.
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
Romances I never read like those I have seen.
The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.
The novel does not seek to establish a privileged language but it insists upon the freedom to portray and analyze the struggle between the different contestants for such privileges.
Emotional truths can sometimes be conveyed more effectively, more compellingly, through fiction.
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