We don't need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don'ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

Some suggestions for you :

The park was a scruffy patch of grass, muddy in winter and dusty in summer, set about with a few dozen trees, a bandstand, and a pond on which swam a family of depraved and malevolent ducks.

Without stories, we wouldn't be human beings at all.

Speaking for myself, I've always found great intelligence in a woman a highly attractive feature.

If I'm reading something I happen to know and gets it wrong, I just don't trust the book any more. What I ask of a novel I'm reading is that it should know a fraction more about the things I know than I do. When I'm writing...I ask myself: would I be convinced by this if I read it? If I knocked against this bit of scenery, would it feel solid?

There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children's book. - Carnegie Medal Acceptance Speech.

The temperature had disturbed the insects, and a cloud of midges made every outline hazy.

You are an enemy of the Church, Lee Scoresby. By their fruits shall ye know them.

If you can't think of what to write, tough luck; write anyway. If you can think of lots more when you've finished the three pages, don't write it; it'll be that much easier to get going next day.

You'll drift apart, it's true, but you'll be out in the open, part of everything alive again.

Thou shalt not' is soon forgotten, but 'Once upon a time' lasts forever.

This was work, and it was hard, but they were equal to it, all of them.

One moment several things are possible, the next moment only one happens, and the rest don't exist. Except that other worlds have sprung into being, on which the did happen.

Who was that? said Will, trembling, facing the two angels. That was Metatron, said Balthamos.

Besides, if you want to write something perfect, write a haiku. Anything longer is bound to have a few passages that don't work as well as they might.