Elizabeth George (b. February 26): “I have to know the killer…”

26 Feb


Elizabeth George, born 26 February 1949, is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. 11 of her novels have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

Quotes on writing:

  1. It is the job of the novelist to touch the reader.
  2. I wish that I’d known back then that a mastery of process would lead to a product. Then I probably wouldn’t have found it so frightening to write.
  3. I find it both fascinating and disconcerting when I discover yet another person who believes that writing can’t be taught. Frankly, I don’t understand this point of view.
  4. I have to know the killer, the victim and the motive when I begin. Then I start to create the characters and see how the novel takes shape based on what these people are like.
  5. Essentially and most simply put, plot is what the characters do to deal with the situation they’re in. It’s a logical sequence of events that grow from an initial incident that alters the status quo of the characters.
  6. Plotting is difficult for me, and always has been. I do that before I actually start writing, but I always do characters, and the arc of the story, first… You can’t do anything without a story arc. Where is it going to begin, where will it end.
  7. Lots of people want to have written; they don’t want to write. In other words, they want to see their name on the front cover of a book and their grinning picture on the back. But this is what comes at the end of a job, not at the beginning.

Victor Hugo (b. February 26): “Sorrow is a fruit…”

26 Feb


“Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.”   

~ Victor Hugo, b. 26 February 1802



Johnny Cash (b. February 26): “Success is worrying about everything except money.”

26 Feb



“Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.”

~ Johnny Cash, b. 26 February 1932


Chelsea Handler (b. February 25): “I didn’t become a comedian to work this hard.”

25 Feb




“I didn’t become a comedian to work this hard.”

~ Chelsea Handler, b. 25 February 1975


George Harrison (b. February 25): “You’ve got as many lives as you like…”

25 Feb


“You’ve got as many lives as you like, and more, even ones you don’t want.”  

~ George Harrison, b. 25 February 1943



Steve Jobs (b. Feb 24): “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter.”

24 Feb



“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” 

~ Steve Jobs, b. 24 February 1955


Johnny Winter (b. February 23): “People need the blues.”

23 Feb


“I think the blues will always be around. People need it.”

~ Johnny Winter, b. 23 February 1944


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