Words of Wisdom From…Wilkie Collins

"I have always held the old-fashioned opinion that the primary object of a work of fiction should be to tell a story; and I have never believed that the novelist who properly performed this first condition of his art, was in danger, on that account, of neglecting the delineation of character -- for this plain … Continue reading Words of Wisdom From…Wilkie Collins

Words of Polemic From…Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens' early novel Nicholas Nickleby was so popular during its initial publication that it inspired several stage versions -- without the author's permission or indeed before the novel itself was even finished (like most of Dickens' novels it was serialized). During the course of the story, the main character befriends a troupe of theatrical actors. … Continue reading Words of Polemic From…Charles Dickens

Words of Wisdom From…Adam Nicolson

"This is about more than mere sonority or the beeswaxed heritage-appeal of antique vocabulary and grammar. The flattening of language is a flattening of meaning. Language which is not taut with a sense of its own significance, which is apologetic in its desire to be acceptable to a modern consciousness, language in other words which … Continue reading Words of Wisdom From…Adam Nicolson

Words of Wisdom From…Neil Gaiman

"As I write this now, it occurs to me that the peculiarity of most things we think of as fragile is how tough they truly are. There were tricks we did with eggs, as children, to show how they were, in reality, tiny load-bearing marble halls; while the beat of the wings of a butterfly … Continue reading Words of Wisdom From…Neil Gaiman

Words of Wisdom From…Nathan Bransford

"Writing itself is a form of striving: of striving to be heard, striving for something more than the ordinary life, and, if the writer is honest, there's probably an element of material striving as well, whether for money or recognition or both. "Writing is an act of getting down on your hands and knees and pushing … Continue reading Words of Wisdom From…Nathan Bransford