Quotes and snippets of interest to short story writers from the host of, a short story writing challenge.

“…get underneath the surface of things. Get down there where people are sweating and where things might be messy for you as a writer. Expose your deepest fears. Because it’s in that place that your readers will connect with you and come to care about your story.”

– Lisa Cron, Writer Unboxed,

““Thinking about monastic ideals is not the same as living up to them, but at any rate such thinking has an important place in a monk’s life, because you cannot begin to do anything unless you have some idea what you are trying to do.”
- Thomas Merton”


““The desire of being believed, the desire of persuading, of leading, and directing other people, seems to be one of the strongest of all our natural desires.”
- Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments”


“Writing is an act of community.”

– Dorothy Day

“If the novel writer is the carpenter who structures a whole house, and a short story writer is the decorator of one of its rooms, then the micro fiction writer is the mailman who looks into the box before dropping in the household’s letters. Readers discover something brief and intimate in a very short space.”

– Camille Renshaw, The Essentials of Micro-Fiction,

“[Flash Fiction] should be complete by standing by itself as its own little world.”

– Robert Swartwood, Hint Fiction

“It’s always an illusion that there’s going to be the big breakthrough. By the time you achieve what you’d have once thought was a breakthrough, you’ve raised the bar so much higher that it gets to be anti-climactic. It makes you realize how much you have to love sitting in front of a computer and writing, because anything else that happens is mildly disappointing; the actual process of writing is the thing that has to pay off.”

– Antonya Nelson,

“As much as I liked watching my word count go up in a first draft, I thrill to see it go down in a second draft.”

– Grant Faulkner,