stories

Writing controlled fiction is called “plotting.” Buckling your seatbelt and letting the story take over, however… that is called “storytelling.” Storytelling is as natural as breathing; plotting is the literary version of artificial respiration.

Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

Only library books speak with such wordless eloquence of the power good stories hold over us.

Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.

Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

Adult stories never made sense, and they were slow to start. They made me feel like there were secrets, Masonic, mythic secrets, to adulthood. Why didn’t adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A story only matters, I suspect, to the extent that the people in the story change.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children’s stories. They were better than that. They just were.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Politics always change. Stories never do.

Stephen King, It

Words were secret doorways and I held all the keys.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Sad stories make good books.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Some stories don’t need telling.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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