Friday, August 7, 2009

Writing Quote #22

"The reader has certain rights. He bought your story. Think of this as an implicit contract. He's entitled to be entertained, instructed, amused; maybe all three. If he quits in the middle, or puts the books down feeling his time has been wasted, you're in violation."

- Lary Niven

1 comment:

K.M. Weiland said...

Good quote. I believe this also works in reverse. The reader has a contract with the author as well, to keep reading, to suspend disbelief, to look at the work from the author's POV as much his own. This is something I've tried to be conscious of in my own reading, and I've definitely reaped the benefits.