Five Great Quotations about Novel Writing

“The things that the novel does not say are necessarily more numerous than those it does say and only a special halo around what is written can give the illusion that you are reading also what is not written.” – Italo Calvino

“I used to feel for years and years and years that I was very remiss not to have written a novel and I would question people who wrote novels and try to find out how they did it and how they had got past page 30. Then, with the approach of old age, I began to just think: ‘Well, lucky I can do anything at all.’” – Alice Munro

“When well told, a story captured the subtle movement of change. If a novel was a map of a country, a story was the bright silver pin that marked the crossroads.” – Ann Patchett

“Expansion. That is the idea the novelist must cling to. Not completion. Not rounding off, but opening out.” – E.M. Forster

“A novel is never anything but a philosophy expressed in images. And in a good novel the philosophy has disappeared into the images.” – Albert Camus