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1. "No one has expressed it better than a great novelist I heard once on a talk show who said something like "You want to know the price I pay for being a writer? Okay, I'll tell you. I travel by plane a great deal. And I'm usually seated next to some huge businessman who works on files or his laptop computer for a while, and then notices me and asks me what I do. And I say I'm a writer. Then there's always a terrible silence. Then he says eagerly, 'Have you written anything I might have heard of?"
Author: Anne Lamott
2. "Life is a great novel, discovering your calling is the far better sequel"
Author: Carl Henegan
3. "I'd like to emphasize that when a reader finishes a great novel, he will immediately begin looking for another. If someone loves your book, it increases the chance that he or she will look at mine. So there is no competition between writers. Another writer's success helps build a larger readership for all of us."
Author: David Farland
4. "One has to be just a little crazy to write a great novel"
Author: John Gardner
5. "One must be just a little crazy to write a great novel. One must be capable of allowing the darkest, most ancient and shrewd parts of one's being to take over the work from time to time."
Author: John Gardner
6. "Johnny Flora "The Spell of Zalanon" > quotable quote (edit) "Every page of a great novel should be crafted like a beautiful melody, to linger on long after the music stops playing." — Johnny Flora "The Spell of Zalanon"
Author: Johnny Flora
7. "Every page of a great novel should be crafted like a beautiful melody, to linger on long after the music stops playing."
Author: Johnny Flora
8. "A scrupulous man will never produce a great novel."
Author: Julien Green
9. "...but that is how the clues God leaves sometimes work. Sometimes nothing comes of them. Sometimes, as in a great novel, you cannot see until you get to the end that God was leaving clues for you all along. Sometimes you wonder, how did I miss it? Surely any idiot should have been able to see from the second chapter that it was Miss Scarlet in the conservatory with the rope."
Author: Lauren F. Winner
10. "You can imagine Herman Melville coming to his publisher with his new manuscript. They ask him what it's about, and he says, 'It's about a one-legged captain who's had his leg bitten off by a whale.' It wouldn't have sounded that promising. Fitzgerald wrote Gatsby, he was told you couldn't write seriously about a bootlegger. If a man cares intensely enough about tiddley winks, his book about tiddley winks ill be a great novel."
Author: Matthew J. Bruccoli
11. "Where did the boy genius go? He had been, as a child, expected to be a neurosurgeon, or a great novelist. And now he's considering (or, okay, refusing to consider) law school. Was the burden of his potential too much for him?"
Author: Michael Cunningham
12. "All that's needed now is a great novel that will capture the imagination of the public - move them, enrage them, thrill them, terrify them, scandalize them. A story that will seize them by the hand and lead them into the streets where they've never dared set foot, a tale that throws back the sheets from acts never shown and voices never heard. A tale that fearlessly points the finger at those who are to blame..."
Author: Michael Farber
13. "A great novel is concerned primarily with the interior lives of its characters as they respond to the inconvenient narratives that fate imposes on them. Movie adaptations of these monumental fictions often fail because they become mere exercises in interior decoration."
Author: Richard Schickel

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