"Remember, your story is an uneasy bargain with your reader. Your end of the bargain is to play fair, and keep him interested, his end of the bargain is to keep reading. It is just terribly terribly easy to put a story down half-read and go off and do something else."

Shirley Jackson

Wordcrafts' Quotes

In the Beginning

"You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination."

— Larry McMurtry

Multiple Identities

"You have to become a different person to write the next book. The person you are already wrote the last book."

— Jonathan Franzen

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