Five Great Quotations about Novel Writing

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E. L. Doctorow

“Every novel should have a beginning, a middle, and an end.” – Peter De Vries

“To the composition of novels and romances, nothing is necessary but paper, pens, and ink, with the manual capacity of using them.” – Henry Fielding

“The historian records, but the novelist creates.” – E. M. Forster

“When writing a novel, that’s pretty much entirely what life turns into: ‘House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.’” – Neil Gaiman

“I have a theory of my own about what the art of the novel is, and how it came into being….It happens because the storyteller’s own experience…has moved him to an emotion so passionate that he can no longer keep it shut up in his heart.” – Lady Murasaki, “The Tale of Genji


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.