The Blog of Author Robert K. Lewis

Crime Writer Quotes Tuesday.

Some of my favorites to help you through your day:

“When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.”– Raymond Chandler

“If you have a story that seems worth telling, and you think you can tell it worthily, then the thing for you to do is to tell it, regardless of whether it has to do with sex, sailors or mounted policemen.” – Dashiell Hammett

Readers are what it’s all about, aren’t they? If not, why am I writing? – Evan Hunter (Ed McBain)

“Ideas come to people who are receptive to them.” – Lawrence Block

“I start with the story, almost in the old campfire sense, and the story leads to both the characters, which actors should best be cast in this story, and the language. The choice of words, more than anything else, creates the feeling that the story gives off. – Don Westlake

“It’s a damn good story. If you have any comments, write them on the back of a check.” – Erle Stanley Gardner

4 responses

  1. jmartinlibrarian

    Love the last quote. Takes some cojones to pull that off, doesn't it?

    10/21/2009 at 2:11 am

  2. rkl

    You know it. I guess if a writer ever sells as many books as E.S.G., it sorta gives you carte blanche to say things like that.

    10/21/2009 at 4:22 pm

  3. Jemi Fraser

    My fave was the Chandler quote! That's great advice and I just may have to follow it 🙂

    10/22/2009 at 3:03 am

  4. rkl

    It really works! 🙂

    10/22/2009 at 4:45 pm

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