Five Great Quotations about Originality in Writing

“There is no idea so brilliant or original that a sufficiently-untalented writer can’t screw it up.” – Raymond Feist (for the corollary, see Lawrence Watt-Evans below)

“There is no idea so stupid or hackneyed that a sufficiently-talented writer can’t get a good story out of it.” – Lawrence Watt-Evans

“In brief, I spend half my time trying to learn the secrets of other writers – to apply them to the expression of my own thoughts.” – Shirley Ann Grau

“A writer will seal his own coffin,
And the interests of readers will soften,
If the author insists
On the usual twists,
And he goes to the Wells once too often.” – Mark Grenier

“Observe, don’t imitate.” – John M. Ford

“The writer’s genetic inheritance and her or his experiences shape the writer into a unique individual, and it is this uniqueness that is the writer’s only stuff for sale.” – James Gunn


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.