“In a short story, because of its compression, every vein can be loaded with ore, especially when the style is heavily figurative — dense with metaphor and simile.”

~Jack Smith (Write and Revise for Publication)

“The tide this time of year washes hundreds of tiny starfish up onto the beach. It leaves them stranded in salty constellations, a sandy galaxy within reach.”

~Amy Hempel (Tumble Home)

On creating characters:

“Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created — nothing.”

~F. Scott Fitzgerald (“The Rich Boy”)

“Everything you could ever think of has been written. That’s worth saying three times. You’re not going to think of a new idea, per se, as far as plot or story. What you can infuse it with is your voice, because while every story has been written, there is only one you. We are unique snowflakes. Be yourself. Tell the story about the teddy bear who can talk, but give it your voice. Don’t try to make it Corduroy or Winnie-the-Pooh. Make it your teddy bear. That’s what you can give the world — give the world your voice.”

~Drew Daywalt

“He spoke with such calculation and precision that his sentences hung over us like high vaulted ceilings, or rolled across the table like ornaments sculptured from stone. It was a huge cathedral of a voice, full of volume and complexity.”

~Stephanie Vaughn (Sweet Talk)