"Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality."
Fiction is about stuff that's screwed up.
"The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words."
Philip K. Dick
"Rule one of reading other people's stories is that whenever you say 'well that's not convincing' the author tells you that's the bit that wasn't made up. This is because real life is under no obligation to be convincing."
"Story is to human beings what the pearl is to the oyster."
"Our lives with all their miracles and wonders are merely a discontinuous string of incidents – until we create the narrative that gives them meaning."
"Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie."
"Use your imagination. Trust me, your lives are not interesting. Don't write them down."
W. B. Kinsella
"Stories open up new paths, sometimes send us back to old ones, and close off still others. Telling and listening to stories we too imaginatively walk down those paths – paths of longing, paths of hope, paths of desperation."
"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."