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The play is a marvelous form, but it demands less than a novel.
– Howard Fast
I set out to write a screenplay but, since my early 20s, had dreamed of writing a novel.
– Graeme Simsion
However, the difficulties and pleasures of the writing itself are similar for a novel with a historical setting and a novel with a contemporary setting, as far as I’m concerned.
– Helen Dunmore
I’m a very organised and rational and linear thinker, and you have to stop all that to write a novel.
– Hilary Mantel
A novel is about people.
– Judy Blume
I wrote a novel. It’s called ‘The Middlesteins.’ It’s fiction. It’s not a memoir. I’m not a spokesperson.
– Jami Attenberg
I’m not sure I have the physical strength to undertake a novel.
– Joan Didion
Honestly, it’s terrible, but I don’t know if I’ve ever really read a Stephen King novel.
– Jim Rash
A book is either autobiography or a novel.
– Imre Kertesz
The hardest novel to write was Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.
– Anne Tyler
I invented the historical spy novel.
– Alan Furst
Lost Illusion is the undisclosed title of every novel.
– Andre Maurois
I used my NEA fellowship to write my novel, ‘In Country,’ which was published by Harper & Row in 1985.
– Bobbie Ann Mason
‘The Mahabharata,’ which inspired my novel ‘Palace of Illusions,’ also has many stories embedded within the main tale.
– Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
I started a second novel seven times and I had to throw them away.
– Amy Tan
The valley we lived in could easily be the setting for a fantasy novel or a prairie western novel. It could be anything.
– Arthur Slade
In many ways, my entire graphic novel career was a long diversion. Originally, all I wanted to do was to be an underground cartoonist and maybe bring out a groovy underground mag.
– Alan Moore
There’s never a false note in a Berg novel.
– Augusten Burroughs
I couldn’t ever write a straight crime novel: there’d be an intrusion of weirdness at some point.
– Alastair Reynolds
The novel has always been the form that incorporates other forms. For me, it has always been the ultimate medium.
– Chad Harbach
Believe it or not, I sold my first novel, ‘Crank,’ with only seventy-five pages complete. It was in verse then, and it was hard-hitting then.
– Ellen Hopkins
The Pacific Northwest, and particularly Whidbey Island, is extremely suited to be a location in a novel.
– Elizabeth George
Generally, I’m not anti the novel.
– Geoff Dyer
Your basic, well-made novel by Ian McEwan or Jonathan Franzen just bores me silly.
– David Shields
A novel captures essence that is not possible in any other form.
– Paul Theroux
A novel is a conversation starter, and if the author isn’t there for the after-party, both the writer and the reader are missing a lot.
– Maggie Stiefvater
In my novel, ‘First Blood,’ Rambo died. In the films, he lives.
– David Morrell
I think every first-person narrator in a novel should be compromised. I prefer that word to ‘unreliable.’
– Charles Palliser
‘Annapurna’ is a sort of novel. It’s a novel, but a true novel.
– Maurice Herzog
I’m hoping to get started on a new novel.
– Marv Levy