Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Fiction Quote By Don DeLillo Author of White Noise And Underworld: A Novel



“Fiction is the single best means for arriving at the truth.”  Don DeLillo.

Elizabeth Lyon used this quote on one of the front pages of her book, Manuscript Makeover click here.

I’d like to have a chat with her and DeLillo to understand why she chose that quote for a book on revision techniques and why he said what he said.

DeLillo is the author of fifteen novels and has won many awards, one being the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. If I were to choose one of his books, I’d take Underworld: A Novel click here. DeLillo grew up in the Bronx. He’s 80 years old and his writing is known in the postmodernism movement.  The authors he read and who inspired him the most were James Joyce, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Conner, and Ernest Hemingway. I’m a fan of Faulkner and O’Conner too. The latter influenced my early writing and recently I’ve learned to appreciate Faulkner.

Getting back to Elizabeth Lyon’s Manuscript Makeover, it is the book I’m using for half of the lessons I’m creating for my Dublin Writing Class. It came highly recommended by Sheila Bali, an author and friend. The new 8 week series in Dublin starts on Monday, July 10th.

Let me know if you’ve read Lyon’s book, and if you want to order it from Amazon, click here.

A Favorite Writer’s Quote

Salman Rushdie said,

“Books choose their authors: the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.”


That quote is on my top ten list.


On a scale of one to five with five being highest, what would you give that quote?


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Quotes for Writers

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“You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop—H2O. The reader will get it.”
—George Singleton




Margaret Laurence book“When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.”
—Margaret Laurence






Do you agree with Laurence?


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Quotes About Writing

 Catherine Brady says in Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction, “Rather than reduce motive to a single explanation, the real problem you face is to compound motive rather than declare it–To know how not to know.”


Gertrude Stein once said of the writing process, “It will come if it is there and if you will let it come.”


“Frustration is not an interruption of the process, frustration is the process.” Elizabeth Gilbert


Elizabeth Gilbert says:
“Creators should fight against the pull of Romanticism in their work and reject the notion that the artistic life must be one of suffering and torment. I encourage makers to recognize that when you pull your ego out of the game, your work can become a series of joyful collaborations (between artist and mystery, between artist and peers, between artist and audience). The important thing is to take responsibility for continuing to show up for your side of the bargain.”


Do you agree with these quotes? Why or why not?


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

For more on Elizabeth Gilbert, see my previous post click here:

Argument Quotes for Writers

argument yes no stick people“I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.” Edward Gibbon.
“Life is a quest and love a quarrel…” Edna St. Vincent Millay.
“When an arguer argues dispassionately he thinks only of the argument.” Virginia Woolf.
 “The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” Joseph Joubert.
“People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.” Will Rogers.

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.” Dale Carnegie.


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Do you have scenes where your characters argue?