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There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.

Author: E. L. Doctorow (1931)

Profession: American Novelist

I at least have so much to do in unraveling certain human lots, and seeing how they were woven and interwoven, that all the light I can command must be concentrated on this particular web, and not dispersed over that tempting range of relevancies called the universe.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

The final test for a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination.

Author: Janet Frame (1924)

Profession: New Zealand Novelist, Poet

By its very nature, the novel indicates that we are becoming. There is no final solution. There is no last word.

Author: Carlos Fuentes (1928)

Profession: Mexican Novelist, Short-Story Writer

Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.

Author: William Golding (1911-1993)

Profession: British Author

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

You know that fiction, prose rather, is possibly the roughest trade of all in writing. You do not have the reference, the old important reference. You have the sheet of blank paper, the pencil, and the obligation to invent truer than things can be true. You have to take what is not palpable and make it completely palpable and also have it seem normal and so that it can become a part of experience of the person who reads it.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

All that non-fiction can do is answer questions. It's fiction's business to ask them.

Author: Richard Hughes


It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.

Author: Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Profession: British Author

Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties.

Author: John Irving (1942)

Profession: American Author

The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.

Author: Henry James (1843-1916)

Profession: American Author

The time-honored bread-sauce of the happy ending.

Author: Henry James (1843-1916)

Profession: American Author

When I heard the word ''stream'' uttered with such a revolting primness, what I think of is urine and not the contemporary novel. And besides, it isn't new, it is far from the dernier cri. Shakespeare used it continually, much too much in my opinion, and there's Tristam Shandy, not to mention the Agamemnon.

Author: James Joyce (1882-1941)

Profession: Irish Author

Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

Author: Stephen King (1947)

Profession: American Horror Writer, Actor