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Truth Great Truth

In a sense, there's a great truth to that, but, also I was a great reader.

- A. E. van Vogt

Another Telling

There is that lovely feeling of one reader telling another, 'You must read this.' I've always wanted to write a book like that, with the sense that you are contributing to the discourse in middle America, a discourse that begins at a book club in a living room, but then spreads. That is meaningful to me.

- Abraham Verghese

Other Read

No, I had not read any other comedian's book. Not that I don't enjoy other comedians; I'm just not a reader.

- Adam Carolla

I Am Cue

I am not a good cue card reader.

- Adam Carolla

Book Through

A great comic-book cover occurs when it gets a potential reader to pick the book up and start thumbing through it. That's a comic cover's job: Attract someone's attention, and persuade them to try the issue out.

- Adam Hughes

Starving Feels

The reader feels as if he is in Chongjin, where starving people ate the bark off trees; or atop Mount Taesong with the elite of Pyongyang, whose existence is a mix of sadism and whimsy; or with the masses who are bombarded day and night with the propaganda of North Korea's alternate reality.

- Adam Johnson

Own Fact

As a reader, when the writer gets sentimental, you drift, because there's something fishy going on there. You recognize a moment that's largely about the writer and the writer's own need to believe in something that might not in fact exist. As a reader, you think, 'Where did the story go? Where did the person I'm reading about go?'

- Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Soul Fancy

I care what my reader thinks. There is no fancy recommendation you can give me that would matter to me as much as Mary Jane from Youngstown writing me a letter. There is not one. Don't need it, don't want it, don't require it, does not fill up my soul. It's about her, not about the rest of it.

- Adriana Trigiani

Literature About

You become a reader by reading the literature, not by reading the handbooks about it.

- Aidan Chambers

Which Voracious

I don't want to put up this act of being a voracious reader, which I am not.

- Ajith Kumar

Fact Owners

Too many people don't protect their smartphones with a password or PIN. I anticipate that Apple's fingerprint reader will in fact make iPhone 5S owners more likely to secure their smartphones.

- Al Franken

Fact Frequently

Just as I know the usual rules of law enforcement, I also know the exceptions and invoke those frequently. I don't feel a need to bog the reader down with an explanation of why the procedures are realistic, as long as I know that there is, in fact, an explanation.

- Alafair Burke

Love Bit

My normal life is I love to travel, and I travel as often as I can. I don't stay in one place too long. But I'm an avid reader, I guess you could say: I'm a bit of a bookworm.

- Alaina Huffman

Doing Instance

I always like to break out and address the audience. In 'The History Boys', for instance, without any ado, the boys will suddenly turn and talk to the audience and then go back into the action. I find it more adventurous doing it in prose than on the stage, but I like being able to make the reader suddenly sit up.

- Alan Bennett

Back Another

I don't inflict horrors on readers. In my research, I've uncovered truly terrible documentations of cruelty and torture, but I leave that offstage. I always pull back and let the reader imagine the details. We all know to one degree or another the horrors of war.

- Alan Furst

Back Britain

For John le Carre, it was always who's betraying who: the hall-of-mirrors kind of thing. When you go back to the '30s, it's a case of good vs. evil, and no kidding. When I have a hero who believes France and Britain are on the right side, a reader is not going to question that.

- Alan Furst

Through Comics

In comics the reader is in complete control of the experience. They can read it at their own pace, and if there's a piece of dialogue that seems to echo something a few pages back, they can flip back and check it out, whereas the audience for a film is being dragged through the experience at the speed of 24 frames per second.

- Alan Moore

Book Point

A writer stops writing the moment he or she puts the last full stop to their text, and at that point the book is in limbo and doesn't come to life until the reader picks it up and the reader flips the pages.

- Alberto Manguel

Retreat Writer

I long for, not a writer's retreat - I can write in any situation - but a reader's retreat.

- Aleksandar Hemon

Love Bit

My normal life is, I love to travel and I travel as often as I can. I don't stay in one place too long. But I'm an avid reader; I guess you could say I'm a bit of a bookworm.

- Alexa Davalos

Alive Need

All we need to do, reader or writer, from first line to final page, is be as open as a book, and be alive to the life in language - on all its levels.

- Ali Smith

Want Feel

I want the reader to feel something is astonishing - not the 'what happens' but the way everything happens. These long short story fictions do that best, for me.

- Alice Munro

Words Own

In a manner of speaking, the poem is its own knower, neither poet nor reader knowing anything that the poem says apart from the words of the poem.

- Allen Tate

Book Doing

I wanted to create a heroine that was flawed. I wanted her to be a real person. She's selfish, she's childish, she's immature and because I'm doing a three-book arc I really played that up in the first book. I wanted the reader to be annoyed with her at times.

- Amber Benson

Give Voracious

I am a voracious reader, so it's difficult for me to give a list of my favourite authors of all time.

- Amish Tripathi

I Think Been

I think it's a fallacy to say that a good book sells itself. It doesn't happen. I'm a voracious reader and I can give you a long list of books which should have been best sellers but they aren't. How can you buy a book if you haven't heard of it?

- Amish Tripathi

Otherwise Offending

If you do a serious presidential bio, you want to supply the reader with maximum material because otherwise you're offending the reader. A president for many people is a serious thing and they want to know everything.

- Amity Shlaes

Wise Quote

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.

- Amos Bronson Alcott

Pink Glasses

I was the kind of reader in smudged pink harlequin glasses sitting on the cool, dusty floor of the Arrandale public library, standing at the edge of the playground, having broken a tooth in dodge ball, and lying under my covers with a flashlight.

- Amy Bloom

Own Sentences

My job is to form the people, the story, the sentences. Every reader will bring their own life and their own history to the story and shape it accordingly. I guess you can say it's like I am sending them a letter.

- Amy Bloom

Breathing Having

With contemporary poetry having approximately as many fans outside the immediate field as there are devotees of undergoing knee surgery, any sentient, breathing reader who's genuinely interested in poetry... not scared of it... seems a godsend.

- Amy Gerstler

Bad Stick

Aphorisms are bad for novels. They stick in the reader's teeth.

- Anatole Broyard

Reason I Think

I think the reason I'm a writer is because first, I was a reader. I loved to read. I read a lot of adventure stories and mystery books, and I have wonderful memories of my mom reading picture books aloud to me. I learned that words are powerful.

- Andrew Clements

Book Entertaining

I'm all about entertaining and keeping a reader on the edge of their seat, so to me, the social issues have to be meaningful and give the book what's really 'at stake,' but ultimately it's not about them - it's always a personal story of everyday people thrust into life-threatening situations and having to perform heroic acts.

- Andrew Gross

Afraid Had

To make the reader afraid, I had to be afraid.

- Andrew Pyper

Will Figure

If the hairs on my neck stand up while I'm writing, I figure the reader will get the same kind of shock.

- Andrew Pyper

Buy Before

Hard paywalls will never work because, just like at a newsstand, the reader likes to browse the cover and a few articles before choosing to buy. Even if the material is truly unique, a consumer likes to try a little before buying.

- Andrew Ross Sorkin

Forgive Rooting

If the reader is rooting for the protagonist, they'll forgive you just about everything else.

- Andy Weir

Shake Stories

I feel that these stories are being written to articulate certain confusions and disappointments, and I do mean to shake up the reader, and I do hope they're on target.

- Ann Beattie

Own Possession

A writer loses possession of her work as soon as it's reaches its audience. Each reader brings his own experience and prejudice and imagination to the work. Television adaptation just goes one step further, and the novelist has to learn to let go.

- Ann Cleeves

I Think Maybe

Occasionally, I hear grumbles about everything being a series or a trilogy, but apart from the question of them maybe selling more books, I think that there's a real problem in trying to introduce a new world or a new concept while also getting your reader to pay close attention to your characters and themes.

- Ann Leckie

Other Really

When I'm writing, I don't really have much other guide than, 'As a reader, how would I respond to this?'

- Ann Leckie

Reason Read

I am as interested in seeing what happens to my characters as any reader; that is why I tell kids that writers write for the same reason readers read - to find out the end of the story.

- Ann Turner

Good Writing Screen

Really good writing, from my perspective, runs a lot like a visual on the screen. You need to create that kind of detail and have credibility with the reader, so the reader knows that you were really there, that you really experienced it, that you know the details. That comes out of seeing.

- Ann Voskamp

Love Mischief

I love the characters not knowing everything and the reader knowing more than them. There's more mischief in that and more room for seriousness, too.

- Anne Enright

Language Another

Certain things can't be approximated, so I'm always interested in getting in another way, one which makes the reader bend in closer to the scene even if that scene, especially if that scene, is painful... Brutal language isn't necessarily the most truthful way of describing a brutal moment.

- Anne Michaels

Questions Idea

I have a profound resistance to the idea that a reader could say, 'Oh, well, that's her story.' We should all be interested, no matter where we come from, or who our parents are. It's not my province; it's ours. These questions concern us all.

- Anne Michaels

Very Hundred

It's a fantastic privilege to spend three or four hundred pages with a reader. You have time to go into certain questions that are painful or difficult or complicated. That's one thing that appeals to me very much about the novel form.

- Anne Michaels

Read Purely

When I read, I'm purely a reader.

- Anne Tyler

Honest Big

I'm not that big of a reader, to be honest.

- Ansel Elgort

Behind Everybody

Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. The best ones leave a tantalising gap between the pictures and the words, a gap that is filled by the reader's imagination, adding so much to the excitement of reading a book.

- Anthony Browne

Better Before

My greatest fear is disappointing the reader, so each book has to be better than the one before.

- Anthony Horowitz

Book United

'Modesty Blaise' is not well known in the United States, but in the United Kingdom, she's an institution - especially for a comic book reader of a certain age. She's a wonderful creation, and her strip ran in newspapers for a long time. So whenever female spies come to mind for us, they think of 'Modesty Blaise'.

- Antony Johnston

Some Other

Empathy is not as complicated when you have some aspects in common with your character; it's not impossible to know someone who's like you in many ways but different in one. This is true especially if you are a reader. Reading makes you accustomed to inhabiting other lives and sensibilities.

- Antonya Nelson

I Think Fiction

I'm a little hesitant to make my characters sentimental or to risk having the work labeled sentimental. It's something that I resist as a reader, and I don't resist it in life. I'm not an unmoved person by any stretch, but I think I don't want, I guess, to indulge those kinds of things sometimes in fiction. I can't tell you why exactly.

- Antonya Nelson

Want Earn

I want to earn a reader's capacity to be moved.

- Antonya Nelson

Years Hundred

A writer's ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary readers for ten readers in ten years' time and for one reader in a hundred years' time.

- Arthur Koestler

Will Characters

Make your characters believable, and your reader will believe what they believe.

- Arthur Slade

More Entertaining

A savage review is much more entertaining for the reader than an admiring one; the little misanthrope in each of us relishes the rubbishing of someone else.

- Arthur Smith

Some Revelations

I would imagine that anyone picking up a book written by me would expect a fast-paced story that requires minimal effort to turn the pages. The reader would also be looking for some out-of-the-ordinary revelations along the way. At the end of the day, I'm a writer who simply loves revealing stuff that is out-of-the-ordinary.

- Ashwin Sanghi

Sure Grips

I want to make sure that my writing grips the reader from the word 'go.'

- Ashwin Sanghi

Hypocrite Fellow

Hypocrite reader my fellow my brother!

- Charles Baudelaire

Him Least

That writer does the most who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time.

- Charles Caleb Colton

Been Almost

I've been a Marvel reader since I was just a kid, and I've dreamed of being a Marvel writer for almost as long, so being tapped to officially join the team is truly something.

- Charles Soule

Slow Very

I'm a very slow reader.

- Chip Kidd

Wanting Impressed

I have to have three or four books going simultaneously. If I'm not impressed in the first 20 pages, I don't bother reading the rest, especially with novels. I'm not a book-club style reader. I'm not looking for life lessons or wanting people to think I'm smart because I'm reading a certain book.

- Chris Abani

Alive Methods

Sometimes a book is better than it ever had a right to be because of the history the reader brings to the reading and because of the methods educators use to bring a particular story alive.

- Chris Crutcher

Book Kid

I was not an avid comic book reader as a kid.

- Ciara Renee

Found Very

As a reader since very early, I have found myself drawn to rants.

- Claire Messud

Best Thriving

As a business consultant, I am a voracious reader of self-help books, case studies of thriving companies, and the biographies and autobiographies of the world's most successful people. I relentlessly implement the best ideas into my businesses.

- Clay Clark

Love Use

In The Touch, the love scenes are the same as they were in The Thorn Birds or anything else I've ever written. I find a way of saying that either it was heaven or hell but in a way that still leaves room for the reader to use their own imagination.

- Colleen McCullough

More Real People

Every reader knows about the feeling that characters in books seem more real than real people.

- Cornelia Funke

Best Telling

I used to say, read as much as you can. Now I say, read the best that you can, the stories that resonate with you, the books that are important to you. Try to read, not only as a reader, but also as a writer, to deconstruct how the author is telling his or her story.

- Cristina Henriquez

Could Prose

In terms of graphic versus prose, I could probably do a lecture on that topic. But what stood out most was the difference in pacing the language and resulting scenes. One illustration can do so much for the reader.

- Cynthia Leitich Smith

Tell Conceal

It's not about what you tell the reader, it's about what you conceal.

- Dan Brown

Kind Also

A novel requires a certain kind of world-building and also a certain kind of closure, ultimately. Whereas with a short story you have this sense that there are hinges that the reader doesn't see.

- Dan Chaon

Through Address

For me, it makes sense to address shocking experiences through poems because of the way poems also have that effect on the reader.

- Dana Goodyear

Own Very

I'm an avid reader myself, and what any one reader accesses at any one time is very powerful and personal to them. Clearly you can't even begin to touch that. A novel is a singular vision, and then a myriad of readers have their own experience of that.

- Darren Boyd

Making Viewer

It is easy to force a reader or viewer to interact. The trick is in making them want to interact, and in letting the story unfold hand-in-hand with that.

- Dave Morris

Book Important

It's important to begin a biography or any book or story with something to draw the reader in.

- David A. Adler

Some About

In some ways, writing a novel, especially a novel set in the past and about characters who once lived, is about amassing enough details and arranging them properly in order to offer the reader a verisimilitude that satisfies his or her curiosity about the story at hand.

- David Ebershoff

Keen Idea

We're not keen on the idea of the story sharing its valence with the reader. But the reader's own life 'outside' the story changes the story.

- David Foster Wallace

I See Over

The reader becomes God, for all textual purposes. I see your eyes glazing over, so I'll hush.

- David Foster Wallace

Old Till

My books are inert as cordwood till a reader's imagination ignites one and an old flame jumps to life.

- David James Duncan

Reasons Very

I'm very aware how many distractions the reader has in life today, how many good reasons there are to put the book down.

- David McCullough

Ink Foremost

It is as true for the writer as for the reader that any novel worth its ink should be an experience first and foremost - not an essay, not a statement, not an orderly rollout of themes and propositions.

- David Wroblewski

Bad Times

The thing is, the reader doesn't want to hear about bad times.

- Davy Jones

Inform Written

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.

- Dean Acheson

Romance Brighter

In my books and in romance as a genre, there is a positive, uplifting feeling that leaves the reader with a sense of encouragement and hope for a brighter future - or a brighter present.

- Debbie Macomber

Career About

Readers have actually changed the way I've done things, changed the course of my career even, about four or five times. Just from reader feedback.

- Debbie Macomber

Own Read

I'm a professional non-fiction reader, that's what I do. But in my 20s we had our own vampire and witch moment, courtesy of Anne Rice, whose books I read and loved.

- Deborah Harkness

I Think Everybody

As a child, I was an obsessive reader, as was everybody in my family all winter long with my father. I think I was only 8 when I read Edward Gibbon's 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.'

- Jim Harrison

Faith Viewer

I have great faith in the intelligence of the American viewer and reader to put two and two together and come up with four.

- Jim Lehrer

Becoming Big

I'm not a big crime reader, but I'm reading Michael Connelly's 'The Reversal.' I'm going back to his novels. I'm also reading Keith Richards' 'Life.' I'm always fascinated by the transition from the innocent late '60s and early '70s and the youth culture becoming an industry.

- Jo Nesbo

Book I Think

The only pressure I feel is to write good books. And to not replicate the previous book. Whether you have a thousand readers or a million readers it doesn't change the pressure. I never feel tempted to give the reader what I think the reader wants.

- Jo Nesbo

Through Discovering

I wanted to show those characters discovering it is possible to find common ground, as they make their way through a plotline that I hope is engrossing enough to keep the reader a willing participant.

- Joan D. Vinge

Night Informing

I shall omit former particulars, and begin with informing the Reader, that, in 1792, I was strangely visited, by day and night, concerning what was coming upon the whole earth.

- Joanna Southcott

Very Agent

An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry. This makes poetry very exciting, unstable, and interactive.

- John Barton

Average I Think

I think it is immensely difficult to get the U.S. interested in non-U.S. topics. I don't think this is because the average American reader is disinterested, but more because of publishers playing it safe: if a thriller based in L.A. is a sure winner, why spend money plugging one based in Paris - or Bangkok?

- John Burdett

Expect Might

A reader should know what he might reasonably expect under a particular label.

- John Christopher