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Plot quotes by Dean Koontz
#1. A plot without action is like pasta without garlic, like Dolly Parton without cleavage, and like a writer without his similes. #Quote by Dean Koontz
Plot quotes by Helene Dunbar
#2. You'll find a way to tell your story," she says.
"But I don't have a story," I respond.
"Everyone has a story, Michael. Maybe you just don't know the plot of yours yet. #Quote by Helene Dunbar
Plot quotes by Carina Chocano
#3. We appeared to be done with the marriage plot. ('What's the alternative to the marriage plot?' She said: ' The alternative is adventure.') My generation (I thought) was the first post-feminist generation. The first to be allowed to see love in terms of adventure and quest, not salvation and redemption. #Quote by Carina Chocano
Plot quotes by Keysha Jade
#4. You have friends and you have enemies, the trick is mastering that the only difference between the two is; your friends will plot your downfall without you realising. #Quote by Keysha Jade
Plot quotes by Frank Herbert
#5. When I was writing Dune there was no room in my mind for concerns about the book's success or failure. I was concerned only with the writing. Six years of research had preceded the day I sat down to put the story together, and the interweaving of the many plot layers I had planned required a degree of concentration I had never before experienced. #Quote by Frank Herbert
Plot quotes by Gregory Maguire
#6. We live in our tales of ourselves ... and ignore as best we can the contradictions, and the lapses, and the abrasions of plot against our mortal souls ... #Quote by Gregory Maguire
Plot quotes by RM Vaughan
#7. I can't be the only insomniac who has looked out his living room window and thought, "Why don't we all get together? We're awake. We could swap sleep recipes, console each other, plot terrible crimes." But it won't happen, any gathering of the near-dead, because the only thing more abhorrent to a restless mind in the ugly hours than the actual harshness of the ugly hours is the thought of having to listen to somebody else. Somebody else in distress, also angry at the comfortable world. #Quote by RM Vaughan
Plot quotes by Evel Knievel
#8. I have my tombstone already. A tombstone company in the East gave it to me when I jumped Snake Canyon. My plot is in Montana. #Quote by Evel Knievel
Plot quotes by Michael Robotham
#9. I believe that if the story is fleshed out and the characters more believable, the reader is more likely to take the journey with them. In addition, the plot can be more complex. My characters are very real to me, and I want each of my characters to be different. #Quote by Michael Robotham
Plot quotes by Ricky Gervais
#10. That's what life is, it's the small struggles. You walk down the street for half an hour, you see half an hour of drama. You don't need convoluted plot lines. You don't need long-lost brothers. You don't need it's set on the future; it's set on the moon. #Quote by Ricky Gervais
Plot quotes by Carl Clinton Van Doren
#11. Guy Rivers, a conventional piece as regards the love affair which makes a part of the plot, is a tale of deadly strife between the laws of Georgia and a fiendish bandit. #Quote by Carl Clinton Van Doren
Plot quotes by Ray McKinnon
#12. Truth may be stranger than fiction on a plot and narrative basis, but fiction can investigate tone in a way that things based on a true story can't. #Quote by Ray McKinnon
Plot quotes by Gilly Macmillan
#13. This is what a total breakdown must be, I though. You find yourself standing somewhere you should't be, doing something so out of character that you wonder if you've become someone else entirely. You've lost the plot, taken a wrong turning, jumped into a train whose destination is total lunacy #Quote by Gilly Macmillan
Plot quotes by Jean Webster
#14. I went to bed last night utterly dejected; I thought I was never going to amount to anything, and that you had thrown away your money for nothing. But what do you think? I woke up this morning with a beautiful new plot in my head, and I've been going about all day planning my characters, just as happy as I could be. No one can ever accuse me of being a pessimist! If I had a husband and twelve children swallowed by an earthquake one day, I'd bob up smilingly the next morning and commence to look for another set. ~Jershua Abbott #Quote by Jean Webster
Plot quotes by Chris Pine
#15. I think the great thing about the Jack Ryan films is that the plot and the story always take center stage. If you've done your job as the actor portraying Jack Ryan, you are present enough to make an impact, but you let the story shine. #Quote by Chris Pine
Plot quotes by Cari Beauchamp
#16. Adding to her frustration was the much more frequent attention being given to her gender. Throughout the twenties, Frances was hailed as "one of the most famous scenario writers" or "highest paid scenarist" and now The Big House was promoted in the Los Angeles Examiner under the headline "Woman Writes Film Plot of Penitentiary. #Quote by Cari Beauchamp
Plot quotes by Edward Burns
#17. I try not to be too plot-heavy and to balance the dramatic with the comedic. #Quote by Edward Burns
Plot quotes by James P. Carse
#18. There is no narrative without structure, or plot. In a great story this structure seems like fate, like an inescapable judgment descending on its still unaware heroes, a great metaphysical causality, that crowds out all room for choice. Fate arises not as a limitation on our freedom, but as a manifestation of our freedom, testimony that choice is consequent. The exercise of your freedom cannot prevent the exercise of my own freedom, but it can determine the context in which I am to act freely. You cannot make choices for me, but you can largely determine what my choices will be about. Great stories explore the drama of this deeper touching of one free person by another. They are therefore genuinely sexual dramas astounding us once more with the magic of origins. #Quote by James P. Carse
Plot quotes by Marc Pamittan
#19. Life is better than any movie or TV show. In real life there is no plot and there are billions of characters. #Quote by Marc Pamittan
Plot quotes by Dag Hammarskjold
#20. He who wants to keep his garden tidy doesn't reserve a plot for weeds. #Quote by Dag Hammarskjold
Plot quotes by Kelly Link
#21. When his writing is going well, Gordon Strangle Mars likes to wake up at 6 a.m. and go out driving. He works out new plot lines about giant spiders and keeps an eye out for abandoned couches, which he wrestles into the back of his pickup truck. Then he writes for the rest of the day. #Quote by Kelly Link
Plot quotes by Alexander Pushkin
#22. God save us from seeing a Russian revolt, senseless and merciless. Those who plot impossible upheavals among us, are either young and do not know our people, or are hard-hearted men who do not care a straw either about their own lives or those of others. #Quote by Alexander Pushkin
Plot quotes by John Steinbeck
#23. A crop raised--why, that makes ownership. Land hoed and the carrots eaten--a man might fight for land he's taken food from. Get him off quick! He'll think he owns it. He might even die fighting for the little plot among the Jimson weed. #Quote by John Steinbeck
Plot quotes by Agatha Christie
#24. Plots come to me at such odd moments, when I am walking along the street, or examining a hat shop ... suddenly a splendid idea comes into my head. #Quote by Agatha Christie
Plot quotes by Bryant H. McGill
#25. Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self. A course to plot is a destination to hope for. #Quote by Bryant H. McGill
Plot quotes by Terri Windling
#26. These days I live in a magical little village on Dartmoor in Devon, England, and my "special spot" is a moss-covered rock in a circle of trees in the woods behind my house.
I often go into the woods, or walk through the fields and hills nearby, when I need inspiration, or to work out a plot problem, or come up with an idea. I think better on my feet, particularly when there is beautiful countryside around me and a dog at my side.
When I was younger and lived in big cities, I had special places there too. There's magic everywhere, if you look. #Quote by Terri Windling
Plot quotes by Daniel Kehlmann
#27. Usually I work out the plot before I start. This time I thought: Writers always talk about not knowing where a book is going - -I want to experience that, too. What I found out is that it's very interesting, but it takes much longer because you have so many false starts. You take wrong turns and you have to go back and start the whole chapter, or the whole section, from scratch. #Quote by Daniel Kehlmann
Plot quotes by Alice McDermott
#28. I don't want to write about violence, and I don't want to hang a plot on a murder. I think it's cheap. #Quote by Alice McDermott
Plot quotes by Jalaluddin Rumi
#29. WHO MAKES THESE CHANGES? Who makes these changes? I shoot an arrow right. It lands left. I ride after a deer and find myself chased by a hog. I plot to get what I want and end up in prison. I dig pits to trap others and fall in. I should be suspicious of what I want. DROWNING #Quote by Jalaluddin Rumi
Plot quotes by Malala Yousafzai
#30. Sometimes Fazlullah appeared galloping in on a black horse. His men stopped health workers giving polio drops, saying the vaccinations were an American plot to make Muslim women infertile so that the people of Swat would die out. #Quote by Malala Yousafzai
Plot quotes by James N. Frey
#31. All good plots come from well-orchestrated characters pitted against one another in a conflict of wills. #Quote by James N. Frey
Plot quotes by Marco Roth
#32. When he picked out the [gravesite] plot, my father had joked that he was moving, at last, to the suburbs. #Quote by Marco Roth
Plot quotes by Alan Moore
#33. Remember, remember the fifth of November of gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot. #Quote by Alan Moore
Plot quotes by Per Petterson
#34. When you are a sentence-based writer, they have to be good. They have to be really on the spot. Because when you don't have a plot, really, what shall you rely on? Just language. And sometimes I am so afraid of writing the wrong thing, I just sit and wait for the right thing to come. #Quote by Per Petterson
Plot quotes by Khaled Hosseini
#35. Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth. #Quote by Khaled Hosseini
Plot quotes by Rita Mae Brown
#36. I had to learn the image is not the word, which is a jolt for a literary soul. But it has served me well in terms of understanding plot, in terms of watching actors develop characters. #Quote by Rita Mae Brown
Plot quotes by Larenz Tate
#37. What I look for in a script is the plot point and whether they're strong, obviously, or not, whether the characters are rich or not, and if I can do justice to the character or not. Some movies you look at and the script is so bad that no one can do anything with the script. #Quote by Larenz Tate
Plot quotes by Mark McKinnon
#38. The initial attraction of a political convention was that often the outcome was not preordained. There was at least some element of surprise. But, now it's like tuning in to a movie where you already know the plot and the ending. It's just not that interesting. #Quote by Mark McKinnon
Plot quotes by Sarah Zettel
#39. I'm told my SF is of the hard variety and my Fantasy is romantic but hopefully all the characters are strong and the plots are lively. #Quote by Sarah Zettel
Plot quotes by Jim Steinmeyer
#40. Ultimately every trick succeeds or fails with an audience because of its plot. #Quote by Jim Steinmeyer
Plot quotes by Sara Sheridan
#41. Archive material is a fabulous starting point - individual documents are like signposted roads, heading to a variety of intriguing possibilities. #Quote by Sara Sheridan
Plot quotes by Brian K. Vaughan
#42. I'm not buried in that plot, Karoline. Some woman claiming to be me from the future is."
"Why do they call it a plot, anyway?"
"Because this is how every story ends. #Quote by Brian K. Vaughan
Plot quotes by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
#43. Do we really have to wander around apologizing for enjoying plot, just because James Wood and a few dozen other arch-aesthetes sniff at it? It's like being careful not to sing pop songs in the shower because some guy in the local alt-weekly is a music snob. #Quote by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Plot quotes by Terry Pratchett
#44. There's that lovely thing for the first month or two of writing a new book: OK, I don't know what that character's going to do, but we'll find out later. After about three or four months you come to that bit where you've got to put some plot in before it's too late, and you have to go back and start inserting plot, and, ooh, I've left out the literature, OK, lets put some in. #Quote by Terry Pratchett
Plot quotes by Juliet Marillier
#45. My advice to aspiring writers of fantasy trilogies or series is that each book needs two main plots. There's the 'big story', the over-arching grand plot of the entire series, and there is the complete-in-itself, one-book plot. #Quote by Juliet Marillier
Plot quotes by Penn Jillette
#46. If the bible were published as fiction, no reviewer would give it a passing grade. There are some vivid scenes and quotable phrases but there's no plot, no structure, a tremendous amount of filler and the characters are painfully one dimensional. Whatever you do, don't read the bible for a moral code. It advocates prejudice, cruelty, superstition and murder. Read it because we need more atheists. #Quote by Penn Jillette
Plot quotes by Iain S. Thomas
#47. Your nerve endings
I know their plot
To attack
My never endings
Until we fall asleep
In each other's arms #Quote by Iain S. Thomas
Plot quotes by David Brin
#48. I like to be surprised. Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds. Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling. Writing feels like exploring. #Quote by David Brin
Plot quotes by Dara Horn
#49. I am much more aware of making the plot more original, avoiding contrivance, having the story matter much more. I used to think more about symbols consciously. Now I think much more about the story. #Quote by Dara Horn
Plot quotes by Bob Thurber
#50. Remember ...
Keystrokes are hammer taps. Get words on paper. Don't worry about connections, character or plot. Work for an hour. Promise yourself an hour. Do nothing else but move your fingers. Make coarse shapes. Follow any emotion that pops up but never impose emotion, never fake it, and don't make up your mind or your heart ahead of time. Understand you don't know what you're doing. That's why you're here. Rough it out. Anything goes. You can decide later what any piece of text looks like, what it might mean. Don't stop. Don't question. Don't quit. Don't stop to read what you wrote. Move your fingers. You mind will have no other option but to keep up. Remember that writer's block is merely the cold marble waiting for the chisel to heat up. #Quote by Bob Thurber
Plot quotes by Tess Gerritsen
#51. There is no better test of character than when you're tossed into crisis. That's when we see one's true colors shine through. So I try my best to make my characters personally involved in the plot, in a way that stresses them and tests them. #Quote by Tess Gerritsen
Plot quotes by George Lucas
#52. Storytelling is about two things; it's about character and plot. #Quote by George Lucas
Plot quotes by Kaui Hart Hemmings
#53. I feel like having details from their day and having a plot and action and things to do is much more revealing than having a character sitting and thinking to themselves. When I'm writing, I want people to actually have a goal, something that's dragging them forward. #Quote by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Plot quotes by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
#54. Normally you read a screenplay - and I read a lot of them - and the characters don't feel like people. They feel like plot devices or cliches or stereotypes. #Quote by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Plot quotes by Gene Luen Yang
#55. At any comic book convention in America, you'll find aspiring cartoonists with dozens of complex plot ideas and armloads of character sketches. Only a small percentage ever move from those ideas and sketches to a finished book. #Quote by Gene Luen Yang
Plot quotes by Elizabeth Bowen
#56. Characters should on the whole, be under rather than over articulate. What they intend to say should be more evident, more striking (because of its greater inner importance to the plot) than what they arrive at saying. #Quote by Elizabeth Bowen
Plot quotes by Anonymous
#57. I started to get nervous when people began posting, on the public newsgroups, plot suggestions for future books and speculation about how characters would develop. The Net is still new, and it is big and it is public, and has brought with it new perceptions and problems. (One minor one is that people are out driving their language on a worldwide highway without passing a test. Take the word plagiarize. I know what it means. You know what it means. Lawyers certainly know what it means. But I have seen it repeatedly used as a synonym for research, parody, and reference, as #Quote by Anonymous
Plot quotes by Andy Miller
#58. However, although The Da Vinci Code did a whole heap of things defectively, it did one thing stupefyingly well - the plot. It was as though Brown had jettisoned all traces of style and credibility from his novel because he had realised, in a flash of Leonardo-like scientific insight, that style and credibility were the very properties preventing his theoretical story-balloon from taking flight. So they had been tossed over the side, along with beauty, truth and five hundred years of literary progress. #Quote by Andy Miller
Plot quotes by Clement Of Alexandria
#59. He, in truth, bears witness to himself that he is faithful and loyal towards God; and to the tempter, that he in vain envied him who is faithful through love; and to the Lord, of the inspired persuasion in reference to His doctrine, from which he will not depart through fear of death; further, he confirms also the truth of preaching by his deed, showing that God to whom he hastes is powerful. You will wonder at his love, which he conspicuously shows with thankfulness, in being united to what is allied to him, and besides by his precious blood, shaming the unbelievers. He then avoids denying Christ through fear by reason of the command; nor does he sell his faith in the hope of the gifts prepared, but in love to the Lord he will most gladly depart from this life; perhaps giving thanks both to him who afforded the cause of his departure hence, and to him who laid the plot against him, for receiving an honourable reason which he himself furnished not, for showing what he is, to him by his patience, and to the Lord in love, by which even before his birth he was manifested to the Lord, who knew the martyr's choice. With good courage, then, he goes to the Lord, his friend, for whom he voluntarily gave his body, and, as his judges hoped, his soul, hearing from our Saviour the words of poetry, "Dear brother," by reason of the similarity of his life. We call martyrdom perfection, not because the man comes to the end of his life as others, but because he has exhibited the perfect work #Quote by Clement Of Alexandria
Plot quotes by Jeff VanderMeer
#60. A dream inspiring a story is different than placing a description of a dream in a story. When you describe a character's dream, it has to be sharper than reality in some way, and more meaningful. It has to somehow speak to plot, character, and all the rest. If you're writing something fantastical, it can be a really deadly choice because your story already has elements that can seem dreamlike. #Quote by Jeff VanderMeer
Plot quotes by Elif Batuman
#61. When you're reading a novel, I think the reason you care about how any given plot turns out is that you take it as a data point in the big story of how the world works. Does such-and-such a kind of guy get the girl in the end? Does adultery ever bring happiness? How do winners become winners? #Quote by Elif Batuman
Plot quotes by Thomas Pynchon
#62. They plot, they plot, sleeping or afoot they never let up. #Quote by Thomas Pynchon
Plot quotes by N.K. Jemisin
#63. The Cloud Roads has wildly original worldbuilding, diverse and engaging characters, and a thrilling adventure plot. It's that rarest of fantasies: fresh and surprising, with a story that doesn't go where ten thousand others have gone before. I can't wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds! #Quote by N.K. Jemisin
Plot quotes by George Saunders
#64. With non-fiction writing I feel like I'm confined and driven by what actually happened. That makes the "plot". So it's a process of getting all of my notes typed up, then scanning through the notes, trying to extract or find certain vignettes that seem like they might write well - that might have a potential for good energy, shape, etc. And then at some point I start stringing these together, keeping an eye on the word count. #Quote by George Saunders
Plot quotes by Emma Donoghue
#65. I would say I have sort of a natural gift for character, and following one person's point of view at a time, and dialogue, but I'm not naturally good at strong plot. #Quote by Emma Donoghue
Plot quotes by Margaret George
#66. Mary awoke from her nightmare with a pounding heart, convinced that she had only imagined Elizabeth's cruel plot. A full moon was shining into her chamber, illuminating everything around her in silvery light. That was when she noticed for the first time that there were bars on her window. #Quote by Margaret George
Plot quotes by David Mitchell
#67. Did you not detect the hairline cracks in the plot? Such #Quote by David Mitchell
Plot quotes by Larry McDonald
#68. The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining super capitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control ... Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent. #Quote by Larry McDonald
Plot quotes by Paul Harding
#69. But it's a curse, a condemnation, like an act of provocation, to have been aroused from not being, to have been conjured up from a clot of dirt and hay and lit on fire and sent stumbling among the rocks and bones of this ruthless earth to weep and worry and wreak havoc and ponder little more than the impending return to oblivion, to invent hopes that are as elaborate as they are fraudulent and poorly constructed, and that burn off the moment they are dedicated, if not before, and are at best only true as we invent them for ourselves or tell them to others, around a fire, in a hovel, while we all freeze or starve or plot or contemplate treachery or betrayal or murder or despair of love, or make daughters and elaborately rejoice in them so that when they are cut down even more despair can be wrung from our hearts, which prove only to have been made for the purpose of being broken. And worse still, because broken hearts continue beating. #Quote by Paul Harding
Plot quotes by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
#70. In addition to the wishes of the client, the position, orientation, and size of the plot also play an important role in determining the final plan of the house. The 'where' and 'how' of the exterior then follows naturally from all of that. #Quote by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
Plot quotes by Mike Brown
#71. Lilah did little more than sleep and eat and cry, which to me was the most fascinating thing in the entire universe. Why did she cry? When did she sleep? What made her eat a lot one day and little the next? Was she changing with time? I did what any obsessed person would do in such a case: I recorded data, plotted it, calculated statistical correlations. First I just wrote on scraps of paper and made charts on graph paper, but I very quickly became more sophisticated. I wrote computer software to make a beautifully colored plot showing times when Diane fed Lilah, in black; when I fed her, in blue (expressed mother's milk, if you must know); Lilah's fussy times, in angry red; her happy times, in green. I calculated patterns in sleeping times, eating times, length of sleep, amounts eaten.
Then, I did what any obsessed person would do these days; I put it all on the Web. #Quote by Mike Brown
Plot quotes by Marcus Tullius Cicero
#72. Oh, how great is the power of truth! which of its own power can easily defend itself against all the ingenuity and cunning and wisdom of men, and against the treacherous plots of all the world. #Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero
Plot quotes by Chris Mentillo
#73. Overall, I was generally "delighted" with the book's story -- writing, theme, plot, etc. Seriously, though, I really did revel in it. After all, "what is a book for if not for our enjoyment? #Quote by Chris Mentillo
Plot quotes by Eric Wight
#74. I was selling a piece of my art on eBay from The Escapist, which was an adaptation of The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and the person who bought it was Alan Heinberg, one of the executive producers of the show and was a huge fan of my work and asked if I'd be interested in maybe being the ghost artist for Seth. It clicked and I could relate to Seth's plight on the show. It became really easy to fill in his shoes, and people really grabbed onto it; they really dug that sort of very minor sub-plot in the show. #Quote by Eric Wight
Plot quotes by Stephen King
#75. I'd suggest that what works for me may work equally well for you. If you are enslaved to (or intimidated by) the tiresome tyranny of the outline and the notebook filled with "Character Notes," it may liberate you. At the very least, it will turn your mind to something more interesting than Developing the Plot. #Quote by Stephen King
Plot quotes by Cecily Von Ziegesar
#76. Blair liked to think of herself as a hopeless romantic in the style of old movie actresses like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. She was always coming up with plot devices for the movie she was starring in at the moment, the movie that was her life. #Quote by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Plot quotes by David Mamet
#77. Consider: for all the gobbledegook [film studio] executives spout about backstory, all that we, the audience, want to know is what happens next. That's the only thing that's going on ... Character is nothing other than action, and character-driven means The plot stinks, and you'd better hope the star is popular enough to open the movie in spite of it. #Quote by David Mamet
Plot quotes by Lena Dunham
#78. What happens over the next few months is like the plot of a children's movie, the kind where a dog finds its owner in spite of insurmountable odds and prohibitive geography. #Quote by Lena Dunham
Plot quotes by Barbara Kingsolver
#79. For time and eternity there have been fathers like Nathan who simply can see no way to have a daughter but to own her like a plot of land. To work her, plow her under, rain down a dreadful poison upon her. Miraculously, it causes these girls to grow. They elongate on the pale slender stalks of their longing, like sunflowers with heavy heads. You can shield them with your body and soul, trying to absorb that awful rain, but they'll still move toward him. Without cease they'll bend to his light. #Quote by Barbara Kingsolver
Plot quotes by James R. Paddock
#80. What some people call a nightmare, a writer calls a plot. #Quote by James R. Paddock
Plot quotes by Mel Brooks
#81. When I'm writing a script, I don't worry about plot as much as I do about people. I get to know the main characters - what they need, what they want, what they should do. That's what gets the story going. You can't just have action, you've got to find out what the characters want. And then they must grow, they must go somewhere. #Quote by Mel Brooks
Plot quotes by Will Self
#82. Modernism has a reputation for being a forbidding phenomenon: its visual arts disconcertingly non-representational, its literary efforts devoid of the consolations of plot and character - even its films, it's argued, fall well short of that true desideratum: entertainment. #Quote by Will Self
Plot quotes by Madeleine L'Engle
#83. Below them the town was laid out in harsh angular patterns. The houses in the outskirts were all exactly alike, small square boxes painted gray. Each had a small, rectangular plot of lawn in front, with a straight line of dull-looking flowers edging the path to the door. Meg had a feeling that if she could count the flowers there would be exactly the same number for each house. In front of all the houses children were playing. Some were skipping rope, some were bouncing balls. Meg felt vaguely that something was wrong with their play. It seemed exactly like children playing around any housing development at home, and yet there was something different about it. She looked at Calvin, and saw that he, too, was puzzled. #Quote by Madeleine L'Engle
Plot quotes by Brooks Atkinson
#84. We tolerate differences of opinion in people who are familiar to us. But differences of opinion in people we do not know sound like heresy or plots. #Quote by Brooks Atkinson
Plot quotes by George Stephanopoulos
#85. Democrats had a secret meeting in Reid's office on Halloween night at 6:15 and they hatched this plot, ... They said the only way they could get this investigation going was to do it in secret. They say they've been frustrated for a year and a half in getting this investigation into whether the administration twisted the intelligence and they're making no apologies whatsoever for it. #Quote by George Stephanopoulos
Plot quotes by Patricia C. Wrede
#86. (In reply to the question, 'Would you like some suggestions for a plot for your next book?')
There are three problems with getting plot suggestions from other people. The first is that ideas are the easy part of writing; finding the time and energy to get them down on paper is the hard part. I have plenty of ideas already. Which brings me to the second problem: the ideas that excite you, the ones you think would make a terrific book, are not necessarily the same ideas that excite me. And if a writer isn't excited about an idea, she generally doesn't turn out a terrific book, even if the idea is terrific. And the third problem with my using your suggestions is that, theoretically, you could sue me if I did, and that tends to make publishers nervous, which makes it hard to sell a book. So thank you, but no. #Quote by Patricia C. Wrede
Plot quotes by Daniel Kehlmann
#87. You say fate is almost indispensable to literature - I think it's completely indispensable, at least in a novel, because a novel always has a plot. Even if nothing happens, even if someone just spends a day walking around Dublin, or whatever, there's still something going on. #Quote by Daniel Kehlmann
Plot quotes by Christopher Lloyd
#88. Many gardeners will agree that hand-weeding is not the terrible drudgery that it is often made out to be. Some people find in it a kind of soothing monotony. It leaves their minds free to develop the plot for their next novel or to perfect the brilliant repartee with which they should have encountered a relative's latest example of unreasonableness. #Quote by Christopher Lloyd
Plot quotes by David Macinnis Gill
#89. Writing a log line helps you define - for yourself - the essential elements of the plot. It will also let you know immediately if major components of the plot are missing. #Quote by David Macinnis Gill
Plot quotes by Laurie R. King
#90. In silent films, quite complex plots are built around action, setting, and the actors' gestures and facial expressions, with a very few storyboards to nail down specific plot points. #Quote by Laurie R. King
Plot quotes by Ray Bradbury
#91. Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations. #Quote by Ray Bradbury
Plot quotes by Kerstin Gier
#92. You'd think that would have been forgotten long ago. But no, no sooner has a little grass grown over it than some clumsy camel comes along and rakes it all up again."
Caroline giggled. She was probably imagining Aunt Glenda as a camel.
"This is not a TV series, Maddy," said Lady Arista sharply.
"Thank goodness, no, it isn't," said Great-aunt Maddy. "If it were, I'd have lost track of the plot ages ago. #Quote by Kerstin Gier
Plot quotes by Ayize Jama-Everett
#93. I've never had this kind of scrap with one of our kind, only heard about them. You ever hear about a whole town losing its memory, ships at sea that witness water doing things it shouldn't, like talking, or ever just notice a large plot of land that never changes even though the entire neighborhood around it does? That's my kind fighting in one form or another. Croatoan? That was us. #Quote by Ayize Jama-Everett
Plot quotes by Theresa Villiers
#94. What a Devil is the Plot good for, but to bring in fine things? #Quote by Theresa Villiers
Plot quotes by Sonali Dev
#95. Listen very carefully. Because I'm only going to lay this out for you once. I'm no longer the easy prey I once was and if you go up against me I will make sure you end up behind bars. You've fraudulently pocketed the money from the video. Our lawyers already have a criminal suit against you ready to go. Unless you're particularly keen on jail, you will leave my family alone, and you will withdraw the video and return all that money to the people you stole it from."
Julia opened her mouth, but Trisha held up her hand and she closed it. "And if you do one thing to harm DJ"- because suddenly Trisha was sure Julia had something on DJ; her nineties-Bollywood-plot theory didn't seem so farfetched- "I will make sure that every one of the families you've preyed on to make money off their tragedies gets together and sues your ass until every penny you've ever leeched is gone. Now get out of my office. Get out of my building- which by the way is private property. Soliciting business here is illegal. So the next time you think of setting foot here, know that I will have security throw you out on your cowardly, pathetic ass. #Quote by Sonali Dev
Plot quotes by Rebecca Eaton
#96. One day I'm just going to say, "Good evening, I'm Alistair Cooke. Screw the plot! Watch the program. #Quote by Rebecca Eaton
Plot quotes by Deborah L. Parker
#97. Plus I have no doubt that their garden is also where my grandparents dreamed - for a better life of equality for their grandchildren and future generations. As people rooted in their faith, they probably did a lot of praying here as well, that God would deliver us all to prosperity and peace beyond this plot of land. #Quote by Deborah L. Parker
Plot quotes by Slavoj Zizek
#98. In Fascism, if you were a Jew, you were simply killed. Nobody had the idea of arresting Jews and torturing them to confess the Jewish plot. Because in Fascism, you are guilty for your whole being. #Quote by Slavoj Zizek
Plot quotes by Sandra Tsing Loh
#99. Beating up on public schools is not just our nation's favorite blood sport, but also a favorite conversational entertainment of the well-off - like debating the most recent toothsome plot twists of 'Big Love' - who, of course, have no dog in the fight. #Quote by Sandra Tsing Loh
Plot quotes by Paula Hawkins
#100. I wrote four novels under the name Amy Silver. The first one was commissioned, and I was given basically the whole plot and the characters. They told me what to do, and I went straight away and did it. After that, I continued, and I was coming up with more my own ideas, although they did steer me. #Quote by Paula Hawkins
Plot quotes by J.R. Moehringer
#101. I hate when people ask what a book is about. People who read for plot, people who suck out the story like the cream filling in an Oreo, should stick to comic strips and soap operas ... Every book worth a damn is about emotions and love and death and pain. It's about words. It's about a man dealing with life. Okay? #Quote by J.R. Moehringer
Plot quotes by Plato
#102. Imagine then a fleet or a ship in which there is a captain who is taller and stronger than any of the crew, but he is a little deaf and has a similar infirmity in sight, and his knowledge of navigation is not much better. The sailors are quarrelling with one another about the steering --every one is of opinion that he has a right to steer, though he has never learned the art of navigation and cannot tell who taught him or when he learned, and will further assert that it cannot be taught, and they are ready to cut in pieces any one who says the contrary. They throng about the captain, begging and praying him to commit the helm to them; and if at any time they do not prevail, but others are preferred to them, they kill the others or throw them overboard, and having first chained up the noble captain's senses with drink or some narcotic drug, they mutiny and take possession of the ship and make free with the stores; thus, eating and drinking, they proceed on their voyage in such a manner as might be expected of them. Him who is their partisan and cleverly aids them in their plot for getting the ship out of the captain's hands into their own whether by force or persuasion, they compliment with the name of sailor, pilot, able seaman, and abuse the other sort of man, whom they call a good-for-nothing; but that the true pilot must pay attention to the year and seasons and sky and stars and winds, and whatever else belongs to his art, if he intends to be really qualified for the comm #Quote by Plato
Plot quotes by Erskine Caldwell
#103. I'm not interested in plots. I'm interested only in the characterization of people and what they do. #Quote by Erskine Caldwell
Plot quotes by Clive Cussler
#104. Sometimes my plot lines are so convoluted, I get calls from friends at 3 am saying; you SOB, you'll never pull this one off. #Quote by Clive Cussler
Plot quotes by Leonard Leventon
#105. There is a little bit of everybody in everybody. #Quote by Leonard Leventon
Plot quotes by Mary Elizabeth Winstead
#106. It's just about trying to find material where I'm doing more than just being a plot device. I want to actually get to do scenes that go to interesting places and are challenging to me. #Quote by Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Plot quotes by Pete Hamill
#107. The world was a grand confusion. Finally, when I was drunk, and my mind couldn't do what I wanted it to do, I went home. I would lie alone In the dark, feeling that I was a character in a story that had lost its plot."
Sann "Don't ever use the word tragedy again. You tell what happened, and let the reader say it's a tragedy. If you're crying, the reader won't. #Quote by Pete Hamill
Plot quotes by Iyanla Vanzant
#108. To honor life, we must be willing to grow through what we don't know yet, and outgrow what we know no longer fits us. We must be willing to give in to the process, moment by moment, realizing a new plot may be unfolding. #Quote by Iyanla Vanzant
Plot quotes by Chris  Pavone
#109. But there's this giant deception at the foundation of their relationship, their happiness. This impure motive. There was that small mistake that the woman made, uttering the wrong number. And then the man reconstructed an entire intrigue, a big thick plot - a seduction and affair and relationship and marriage proposal, a whole life - around her error and his notice of it. Taking advantage of her lie.

But does that make their relationship less real? Does that make it impossible that they genuinely love each other? #Quote by Chris Pavone
Plot quotes by Peter Lerangis
#110. What's this?" Dan said, pointing to a funny squiggly formation.
Uh, an M," said Nellie. "Or if you look at it the other way, a W. Or sideways, kind of S-ish..."
Maybe it's palm trees," Dan said. "Like in the movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. You know? No? These guys need to find hidden money, and the only clue they have is it's under a big W? And no one sees what it means-but then, near the end of the movie, there's this grove of four palm trees rising up in the shape of... you-know-what! Classic!"
Amy, Alistair, Natalie, Ian and Nellie all looked at him blankly.
There is no W in the Korean language," Alistair replied. "Or palm trees in Korea. I might be maple trees..."
Mrrp," said Saladin, rubbing his face against Dan's knee.
I'll tell you the rest of the plot later," Dan whispered to the Mau. #Quote by Peter Lerangis
Plot quotes by Debasish Mridha
#111. A baby is a symbol of peace, a plot of dreams, a light of hope, and a bundle of joy. #Quote by Debasish Mridha
Plot quotes by Stephen King
#112. I distrust plot for two reasons: first, because our lives are largely plotless, even when you add in all our reasonable precautions and careful planning; and second, because I believe plotting and the spontaneity of real creation aren't compatible. It's best that I be as clear about this as I can - I want you to understand that my basic belief about the making of stories is that they pretty much make themselves. The job of the writer is to give them a place to grow (and to transcribe them, of course). If you can see things this way (or at least try to), we can work together comfortably. If, on the other hand, you decide I'm crazy, that's fine. You won't be the first. #Quote by Stephen King
Plot quotes by Frank Kermode
#113. For Aristotle the literary plot was analogous to the plot of the world in that both were eductions from the potency of matter. Sartre denies this for the world, and specifically denies, in the passage just referred to, that without potentiality there is no change. He reverts to the Megaric view of the matter, which Aristotle took such trouble to correct. But this is not our affair. The fact is that even if you believe in a Megaric world there is no such thing as a Megaric novel; not even Paterson. Change without potentiality in a novel is impossible, quite simply; though it is the hopeless aim of the cut-out writers, and the card-shuffle writers. A novel which really implemented this policy would properly be a chaos. No novel can avoid being in some sense what Aristotle calls 'a completed action.' This being so, all novels imitate a world of potentiality, even if this implies a philosophy disclaimed by their authors. They have a fixation on the eidetic imagery of beginning, middle, and end, potency and cause.

Novels, then, have beginnings, ends, and potentiality, even if the world has not. In the same way it can be said that whereas there may be, in the world, no such thing as character, since a man is what he does and chooses freely what he does--and in so far as he claims that his acts are determined by psychological or other predisposition he is a fraud, lâche, or salaud--in the novel there can be no just representation of this, for if the man were entirely free #Quote by Frank Kermode
Plot quotes by Becca Fitzpatrick
#114. It's so real."
"Most dreams are. It isn't until you wake up that you see all the plot holes. #Quote by Becca Fitzpatrick
Plot quotes by Ovid
#115. Nor is there any law more just, than that he who has plotted death shall perish by his own plot. #Quote by Ovid
Plot quotes by Terry Teachout
#116. I wouldn't care to speculate about what it is in Westlake's psyche that makes him so good at writing about Parker, much less what it is that makes me like the Parker novels so much. Suffice it to say that Stark/Westlake is the cleanest of all noir novelists, a styleless stylist who gets to the point with stupendous economy, hustling you down the path of plot so briskly that you have to read his books a second time to appreciate the elegance and sober wit with which they are written. #Quote by Terry Teachout
Plot quotes by Gabrielle Zevin
#117. W-MT: There was a book I read about in the New York Times Book Review. It had a red cover, maybe? A.J.: Yeah, that sounds familiar. [Translation: That is excessively vague. Author, title, description of the plot - these are more useful locators. That the cover might have been red and that it was in the New York Times Book Review helps me far less than you might think.] Anything else you remember about it? [Use your words.] #Quote by Gabrielle Zevin
Plot quotes by Leigh Brackett
#118. Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there's an explosion - that's Plot. #Quote by Leigh Brackett
Plot quotes by Sandra Jones
#119. Warning: Contains a Norman warrior with a thirst for justice, a Welsh rebel princess with second sight and a steady bow hand, magical prophecies, and a plot of royal proportions. #Quote by Sandra Jones
Plot quotes by Lorrie Moore
#120. There are six more paragraphs. You read the whole thing out loud in class. No one likes it. They say your sense of plot is outrageous and incompetent. After class someone asks you if you are crazy. #Quote by Lorrie Moore
Plot quotes by Francis Mandewah
#121. My story has more than a "great white hope" plot. I loved and respected Tom because he was a servant of God who happened to be white, just as I feel I am a servant of God who happens to be black and from Africa. #Quote by Francis Mandewah
Plot quotes by Helen Oyeyemi
#122. She ought to know that if you want to set yourself up as queen and have everything the way you want it and keep sisters apart then you're not going to have a big fan club. She ought to know that where there's a queen there's often a plot to overthrow her. #Quote by Helen Oyeyemi
Plot quotes by Evelyn Pryce
#123. It is, of course, much easier for a literary character to take a risk for love. The realities of social strata and responsibility mean nothing but a plot point in today's modern literature, but outside of these stories we are not pushing for change. The ideals we embody in our art rarely play themselves out in our lives. What would happen if we took the example of our fictional heroes; what if each of us was a Don Juan? #Quote by Evelyn Pryce
Plot quotes by Diana Gabaldon
#124. You don't need to know the purpose as you write, but when you read over something you've written, you should be able to point to any given element - be that a line of dialogue, a descriptive phrase, a plot point - and say why it's there. #Quote by Diana Gabaldon
Plot quotes by John Boyne
#125. Where do [writers] get [their] ideas? And the answer is that no one knows where the come from and nobody should know. They evolve in thin air, they float down from some mysterious heaven, and we reach and grab one, to grasp in our imagination, and to make it our own. One writer might overhear a conversation in a cafe and a whole novel will be built from that moment. Another might see an article in a newspaper and a plot will suggest itself immediately. Another might hear about an unpleasant incident that happened to a friend of a friend in a supermarket . . . . #Quote by John Boyne
Plot quotes by Amy Pascal
#126. The most important thing in the job is to make movies about women where they are characters that have consequences in the story. They can be villains, they can be protagonists, I don't care but their movements, their actions what they do in the plot has to actually matter. #Quote by Amy Pascal
Plot quotes by Mohsin Hamid
#127. Perhaps it is because novels are like affairs, and small novels - with fewer pages of plot to them - are affairs with less history, affairs that involved just a few glances across a dinner table or a single ride together, unspeaking, on a train, and therefore affairs are still electric with potential, still heart-quickening, even after the passage of all these years. #Quote by Mohsin Hamid
Plot quotes by Rick Riordan
#128. As in all Abercrombie's books, friends turn out to be enemies, enemies turn out to be friends; the line between good and evil is murky indeed; and nothing goes quite as we expect. With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure. #Quote by Rick Riordan
Plot quotes by Kristen Boie
#129. i love the book called the princess plot and its a good book because its about how its mysterys from other peeps... #Quote by Kristen Boie
Plot quotes by Tommy Tenney
#130. There have always been dreamers. Men and women who catch a glimpse of something beyond themselves who dare to reach for goals and visions.. Yet no earthly dreamer can match the greatest of them all, the Dreamer who died on the cross to make His dream a reality. John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word." The literal meaning of logos, the original Greek term translated as "Word," is idea, thought or blueprint. It is an ancient Greek theatrical term describing the work of a playwright as he conceives, or dreams up, the plot of a play. So we could say, "In the beginning was the dream". #Quote by Tommy Tenney
Plot quotes by Jhumpa Lahiri
#131. For years, I sort of would try to write a story that somehow fit the title. And I don't think it happened for maybe another four years that I actually thought of a story, the plot of a story that corresponded to that phrase. #Quote by Jhumpa Lahiri
Plot quotes by Alan Ball
#132. 'True Blood' differs from 'Six Feet Under' in that there are way more characters and plot-lines, but fundamentally it's still about the characters and their emotions. #Quote by Alan Ball
Plot quotes by Ashwin Sanghi
#133. After preliminary research, I zero in on an idea, and then I spend at least four months exploring the topic and in plot-building. I jot down every single detail of the plot as bullet points per chapter, and only when the skeleton is complete do I start writing. #Quote by Ashwin Sanghi
Plot quotes by Bill Richardson
#134. Novels and gardens," she says. "I like to move from plot to plot. #Quote by Bill Richardson
Plot quotes by Sarah Rees Brennan
#135. All the other Circles wanted you," Arthur murmured to him, "but you're mine. My greatest achievement. Do you want to know why?"

"Yeah," Nick said. "I'd like you to explain your entire evil plot in detail. Don't forget the bit where you tell me your one weakness."

~Nick to Arthur Black #Quote by Sarah Rees Brennan
Plot quotes by Tarryn Fisher
#136. When I am writing a book, I'll go to sleep with a plot hole in my story that I don't know how to fix. When I wake up, I know. It's as if it were there all along and I just needed the right sleep to access the answer. #Quote by Tarryn Fisher
Plot quotes by Kelly Sue DeConnick
#137. My husband makes fun of me, because I know I can use strong prose to jazz-hand my way through plot that isn't as interesting as I'd like it to be. #Quote by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Plot quotes by Neil Gaiman
#138. Sometimes I wish that just solving the plot problems was enough. And then elves would go and do all the actual work moving the words around. #Quote by Neil Gaiman
Plot quotes by Albert Jay Nock
#139. And so it was that at the age of thirty-five or so I dismissed all interest in public affairs, and have regarded them ever since as a mere spectacle, mostly a comedy, rather squalid, rather hackneyed, whereof I already knew the plot from beginning to end. I have written a little about them now and then, #Quote by Albert Jay Nock
Plot quotes by Anthony Foxx
#140. Part of being innovative in government is sometimes not trying to plot out the last chapter of the book, but to be open and see what comes back. #Quote by Anthony Foxx
Plot quotes by Greg Rucka
#141. For me, plot always comes out of character, so I had to be sure of my characters. #Quote by Greg Rucka
Plot quotes by Lionel Shriver
#142. My story is about all I got to my name right now, and that's why I feel robbed. But a story's a whole lot more than most people got. All you people watching out there, you're listening to what I say because I have something you don't: I got plot. Bought and paid for. That's what all you people want, and why you're sucking off me. You want my plot. I know how you feel too, since hey, I used to feel the same way. TV and video games and movies and computer screens ... On April 8th, 1999, I jumped into the screen, I switched to watchee. Ever since, I've known what my life is about. I give good story. It may have been kinda gory, but admit it, you all loved it. You ate it up. Nuts, I ought to be on some government payroll. Without people like me, the whole country would jump off a bridge, 'cause the only thing on TV is some housewife on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? winning $64,000 for remembering the name of the president's dog. #Quote by Lionel Shriver
Plot quotes by Terry Pratchett
#143. The characters are the plot. What they do and say and the things that happen to them are, in a sense, what the plot is. You can't take character and plot apart from each other, really. #Quote by Terry Pratchett
Plot quotes by Jack Canfield
#144. I consider myself to be an inverse paranoid. I always operate as if everything is part of a universal plot to enhance my well-being. #Quote by Jack Canfield
Plot quotes by John Truby
#145. The multistrand plot is clearly a much more simultaneous form of storytelling, emphasizing the group, or the minisociety, and how the characters compare. #Quote by John Truby
Plot quotes by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
#146. Through all the drama - whether damned or not -Love gilds the scene, and women guide the plot. #Quote by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Plot quotes by Elizabeth Hardwick
#147. I was immensely moved by this novel when I read it recently and yet I cannot think of anything to say about it except that it is wonderful. The people are not characters, there is no plot in the usual sense. What can you bring to bear: verisimilitude - to what? You can merely say over and over that it is very good, very beautiful, that when you were reading it you were happy. #Quote by Elizabeth Hardwick
Plot quotes by Philippa Gregory
#148. To save my son, I would plot with the devil himself. #Quote by Philippa Gregory
Plot quotes by Marcha A. Fox
#149. Oh, yeah. They killed him, all right. Some guy, who just happened to be linked to Troy, walked into a Territorial Caucus and toasted him with a lasomag. #Quote by Marcha A. Fox
Plot quotes by Kevin Killian
#150. Even when it was happening to me, I thought, 'This will make a good story someday,' but now that I think of it, its story's not that good at all. More important than its plot, it's the quality of feeling that strikes me now-something out of this world, 'outlandish' in its literal sense. #Quote by Kevin Killian
Plot quotes by Jandy Nelson
#151. I'd been making desicions for days.
I picked out the dress Bailey would wear forever-
a black slinky one- innapropriate- that she loved.
I chose a sweater to go over it, earrings, bracelet, necklace,
her most beloved strappy sandals.
I collected her makeup to give to the funeral director with a recent photo-
I thought it would be me that would dress her;
I didn't think a strange man should see her naked
touch her body
shave her legs
apply her lipstick
but that's what happened all the same.
I helped Gram pick out the casket,
the plot at the cemetery.
I changed a few lines
in the obituary that Big composed.
I wrote on a piece of paper what I thought
should go on the headstone.
I did all this without uttering a word.
Not one word, for days,
until I saw Bailey before the funeral
and lost my mind.
I hadn't realized that when people say so-and-so
that's what actually happens-
I started shaking her-
I thought I could wake her up
and get her the hell out of that box.
When she didn't wake,
I screamed: Talk to me.
Big swooped me up in his arms,
carried me out of the room, the church,
into the slamming rain,
and down to the creek
where we sobbed together
under the black coat he held over our heads
to protect us from the weather. #Quote by Jandy Nelson
Plot quotes by Rosemary Sutcliff
#152. Be that your cousin has influenced you in some way - but as for our Junior Surgeon," he turned to Carausius, "I remember that when first he was posted here, you yourself, Caesar, were not too sure of his good faith. This is surely some plot of Maximian's, to cast doubt and suspicion between the Emperor of Britain and the man who, however unworthily, serves him to the best of his ability as chief minister." Justin stepped forward, his hands clenched at his sides. "That is a foul lie," he said, for once without a trace of his stutter. "And you know it, Allectus; none better." "Will you grant me also a space to speak?" Carausius said quietly, and silence fell like a blight on the lamplit chamber. He looked round at all three of them, taking his time. "I remember my doubts, Allectus. I remember also that the #Quote by Rosemary Sutcliff
Plot quotes by Jeff Beck
#153. If you were to plot my success or failure, it goes, it very seldom stays on a high plateau. #Quote by Jeff Beck
Plot quotes by Vanna Bonta
#154. The real story is not the plot, but how the characters unfold by it. #Quote by Vanna Bonta
Plot quotes by Truman Capote
#155. I thought Lord of the Flies was one of the great rip-offs of our time. Complete steal from A High Wind In Jamaica. He just literally lifted the entire theme, plot, and virtually characterization from A High Wind In Jamaica, turned them into a bunch of small boys and placed it on an island. Otherwise it's precisely the same novel. #Quote by Truman Capote
Plot quotes by Neil Gaiman
#156. You wanna be the next Tolkien? Don't read big, tolkien-esque fantasies. TOLKIEN didn't read big, tolkien-esque fantasies. He read books on finnish philology. You go and read outside your comfort zone, go and learn stuff. And then the most important thing, once you get any level of quality
get to the point where you wanna write, and you can write
is tell YOUR story. Don't tell a story anyone else can tell. Because you always start out with other people's voices ... There will always be people who are better or smarter than you. There are people who are better writers than me, who plot better than I do, but there is no one who can tell a Neil Gaiman story like I can. #Quote by Neil Gaiman
Plot quotes by Alexander McCall Smith
#157. I just focus on getting the first scene right, with a few lines about the overall plot, and then the book grows organically. #Quote by Alexander McCall Smith
Plot quotes by Susan Isaacs
#158. There is no 'right' way to begin a novel, but for me, plot has to wait. The character comes first. #Quote by Susan Isaacs
Plot quotes by Susan Wittig Albert
#159. It is only in fiction that the protagonist moves in a single minded, one point focus, screening out everything that isn't related to the plot. Real people have to deal with the Myrtles of this world, who have sciatica and cold sores and want to tell you about them #Quote by Susan Wittig Albert
Plot quotes by Bill Hicks
#160. Keith Richards outlived Jim Fixx, the runner and health nut. The plot thickens. #Quote by Bill Hicks
Plot quotes by Jean Lee Latham
#161. [The] reader is not primarily interested in plot. He is interested in what happens because he is interested in the character it happens to. No incident has any place in the story unless it has an emotional impact on the character--and on the reader.

Newbery Acceptance Speech #Quote by Jean Lee Latham
Plot quotes by Kylie Gray
#162. One day, my past sins and the conscience that abandoned me are going to meet in a dark alley so they can plot my downfall. Maybe one day they will succeed. Until then, I remain a 'Thug for Hire' – Ajax Jackson. #Quote by Kylie Gray
Plot quotes by Rita Dove
#163. I was not interested in doing the plot of OEDIPUS in blackface. I did wonder, what would these people have been like if they hadn't been in that situation? ... One could look at Oedipus, or at my character Augustus, as a cynical schemer who did everything because he was hungry for power. But that's just too easy. I'm more interested in how humans can embody conflicting goals and emotions. #Quote by Rita Dove
Plot quotes by Elizabeth Bowen
#164. Plot is the knowing of destination. #Quote by Elizabeth Bowen
Plot quotes by John Brown
#165. Find the problem, find the story. #Quote by John Brown
Plot quotes by Christopher Nolan
#166. My most enjoyable movie going experiences have always been going to a movie theater, sitting there and the lights go down and a film comes on the screen that you don't know everything about, and you don't know every plot turn and every character movement that's going to happen. #Quote by Christopher Nolan
Plot quotes by Connie Willis
#167. I learned everything I know about plot from Dame Agatha (Christie). #Quote by Connie Willis
Plot quotes by Julia Gillard
#168. The Prime Minister seems now to be basing his re-election campaign on this plot line. He is saying to the Australian people, look out, the baddies behind you - hiss, boo and whatever you do, don't vote Labor. This political parody of pantomime is looking and sounding desperate. #Quote by Julia Gillard
Plot quotes by Sarah Rees Brennan
#169. Elliot was left to trail behind. As he did, he thought about Luke talking about literary tropes - the fearless hero, the valiant heroine, and where did it all leave him? Sidekick: a horrible indignity, Elliot refused to accept it. And the other idea was some sort of lurking, jealous figure: an Iago, a pathetic pseudo-villain waiting in the wings to plot and bring the hero down. He wasn't going to plot against Luke, who had dumb daffodil hair and said "tropez," for God's sake. #Quote by Sarah Rees Brennan
Plot quotes by Areej Farooq
#170. Did something happen? Well turn plot-twist mode on and move on #Quote by Areej Farooq
Plot quotes by Tavis Smiley
#171. When I'm at the premiere and I see the film in its entirety, I forget plot, I forget the story, I forget what my character goes through, because I really do just let it go. #Quote by Tavis Smiley
Plot quotes by Jesse James Garrett
#172. If you need to take a step back from day-to-day operations and plot out the long-term direction of your user experience strategy, consultants can give you a perspective you can't get on your own. #Quote by Jesse James Garrett
Plot quotes by Deborah Harkness
#173. I couldn't resist hiding some historical details and a few clues relevant to the plot and characters of 'A Discovery of Witches' throughout the pages of the novel. #Quote by Deborah Harkness
Plot quotes by Leslie Jamison
#174. It's one of the most liberating things I experience in writing - letting yourself get rid of a gesture or character or plot point that always nagged, even if you couldn't admit to yourself that it did. #Quote by Leslie Jamison
Plot quotes by Robert Gregory Browne
#175. Characters are story. And any great plot or subplot is driven
by the characters' wants and desires. #Quote by Robert Gregory Browne
Plot quotes by Toni Morrison
#176. They will blow it, she thought. Each will cling to a sad little story of hurt and sorrow - some long-ago trouble and pain life dumped on their pure and innocent selves. And each one will rewrite that story forever, knowing the plot, guessing the theme, inventing its meaning and dismissing its origin. #Quote by Toni Morrison
Plot quotes by Eric Kripke
#177. Every so often, you want to map out your plot mythology but never so specifically that you can't let a story surprise you. You want to allow the type of action of the writer's room so that you have the ability to take a left turn. #Quote by Eric Kripke
Plot quotes by Keith Donohue
#178. The Glittering World is a stunning phantasmagoria drawn from the world just beneath the surface, aswarm with great and memorable characters and a plot that twists and turns as it hurtles forward. A grand debut. One taste, and you'll be addicted. #Quote by Keith Donohue
Plot quotes by Amor Towles
#179. But after the war, when editors like Martin Durk came to prominence by trumpeting the timely death of the novel, Parish opted for a reflective silence. He stopped taking on projects and watched with quiet reserve as his authors died off one by one--at peace with the notion that he would join them soon enough in that circle of Elysium reserved for plot and substance and the judicious use of the semicolon. #Quote by Amor Towles
Plot quotes by Ed Duncan
#180. This may sound like a copout, but character and plot are equally important to me. I don't think the reader can engage uninteresting, compelling characters. Similarly, even interesting characters can't salvage a plot that's boring or that's riddled with holes. #Quote by Ed Duncan
Plot quotes by Brian Helgeland
#181. I'm not like a Sears Catalog of ideas. I don't have that many ideas. I've more or less written them over the years. Usually, I come up with a situation or a character, and it rattles around in my head until the story or the plot emerges. #Quote by Brian Helgeland
Plot quotes by Jeremy Sisto
#182. In 'Law & Order,' your main job is to stay out of the way of the plot. On another show you'd receive your script and see stuff that seems challenging and feel excited that the writers thought highly enough of you to write it for you. #Quote by Jeremy Sisto
Plot quotes by Joey Goebel
#183. I thought about how in movies, usually action movies, a cheap way of getting the audience to invest in the plot is to endanger the life of a dog. There can be fifty men graphically terminated by machine-gun fire or an entire building full of workers destroyed, but no one will stand for a cute little dog being killed. And almost always, the dog's life is spared to the relief of the audience. #Quote by Joey Goebel
Plot quotes by Charles Dudley Warner
#184. Plots are no more exhausted than men are. Every man is a new creation, and combinations are simply endless. #Quote by Charles Dudley Warner
Plot quotes by Clive Cussler
#185. I plot as I go. Many novelists write an outline that has almost as many pages as their ultimate book. Others knock out a brief synopsis ... Do what is comfortable. If you have to plot out every move your characters make, so be it. Just make sure there is a plausible purpose behind their machinations. A good reader can smell a phony plot a block away. #Quote by Clive Cussler
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#186. You can't have a movie with a group of people that are significant players in the story, that push forward the plot, without introducing at least one or two of them. #Quote by Evangeline Lilly
Plot quotes by Roy Kesey
#187. For whatever reason, thus far it's been important to me not to write that kind of collection. Which means that I've spent months playing tic-tac-notecard, trying to get the stories in an order whereby stories that are similar in any given way (diction, narrative stance, setting, plot) are separated by others that aren't. #Quote by Roy Kesey
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#188. We must clearly see that international hostile forces are intensifying the strategic plot of Westernizing and dividing China, and ideological and cultural fields are the focal areas of their long-term infiltration. #Quote by Hu Jintao
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#189. I wrote the plot [for the Persepolis ]and Vincent [Paronnaud] and I wrote and discussed the shooting of the script. Vincent then took care of the production design, the actual shooting, and what was going on within each scene. It's very difficult, though, to draw a line between who did what. Because Vincent would say something, and I would add something, and at the end you have this film, yet no clear idea of who did what. #Quote by Marjane Satrapi
Plot quotes by Marco Vassi
#190. Erotic literarature is literature in which eroticism is the novel. It focuses on that. It also implies a certain degree of description, a certain hard core. And to find novels in which you have plot, character, literary quality, plus detailed and real moving descriptions of fucking is a rarity.

There is a vibration which takes place in the erotic realm, which translating it into something else, demeans it and destroys it. You need real poetry to talk about that sort of thing. #Quote by Marco Vassi
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#191. Insane Europeans who plot to cut each others' throats, now that one and the same civilisation enfolds and unites them all! #Quote by Anatole France
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#192. Peace proposals unaccompanied by a sworn covenant indicate a plot. #Quote by Sun Tzu
Plot quotes by Aristotle.
#193. The tragic fear and pity may be aroused by the Spectacle; but they may also be aroused by the very structure and incidents of the play - which is the better way and shows the better poet. The Plot in fact should be so framed that even without seeing the things take place, he who simply hears the account of them shall be filled with horror and pity at the incidents; which is just the effect that the mere recital of the story in Oedipus would have on one. To produce this same effect by means of the Spectacle is less artistic, and requires extraneous aid. #Quote by Aristotle.
Plot quotes by Gloria Steinem
#194. If you let Barnum & Bailey interpret a plot by Stendahl, it might come out to be something like the 1972 Democratic convention. #Quote by Gloria Steinem
Plot quotes by Glenn Greenwald
#195. The collect-it-all system did nothing to detect, let alone disrupt, the 2012 Boston Marathon bombing. It did not detect the attempted Christmas-day bombing of a jetliner over Detroit, or the plan to blow up Times Square, or the plot to attack the New York City subway system - all of which were stopped by alert bystanders or traditional police powers. #Quote by Glenn Greenwald
Plot quotes by Annie Bellet
#196. A girl needs options. To me, video games are like shoes. But with more pixels and a plot. #Quote by Annie Bellet
Plot quotes by Mandy Hale
#197. My journey, however, has followed a far less predictable story: stalled chapters, unexpected plot twists, and dozens of rewrites that have left the ending more than a little uncertain. #Quote by Mandy Hale
Plot quotes by Tao Lin
#198. I usually have Kafka biography in my bathroom. It's a book I can open at random and feel interested in immediately. It's really funny. With this book, since I'm opening it at random and immediately interested, I don't feel the need to read more than I want to read, in that there's not, like, a plot that leads me along. So I can stop whenever. #Quote by Tao Lin
Plot quotes by Cofer Black
#199. No matter how many plots we uncover and disrupt, no matter how many terrorist organizations we degrade or destroy, another individual or group will rise to take their place. #Quote by Cofer Black
Plot quotes by H.P. Lovecraft
#200. It would not be amiss for the novice to write the last paragraph of his story first, once a synopsis of the plot has been carefully prepared - as it always should be. #Quote by H.P. Lovecraft

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