Author Guessing Game

March 23, 2011 at 1:33 am 1 comment

Here’s a fun little game to get you over any middle-of-the-week blues!

Below I’ve provided a picture of five authors along with five quotes about the writing process from each of them. The game is to guess the authors and match the quotes to the correct author. (At the bottom is a list of possible authors so it isn’t completely impossible!)

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.”

“I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness – to save oneself trouble.”

“There are many reasons why novelists write, but they all have one thing in common – a need to create an alternative world.”

“I have no ambition to surprise my reader. Castles with unknown passages are not compatible with my homely muse.”

“I’m one of those writers who tends to be really good at making outlines and sticking to them. I’m very good at doing that, but I don’t like it. It sort of takes a lot of the fun out.”

Ten Possible Authors:

Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Amelia Edwards, Anthony Trollope, Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie, Agatha Christie, John Fowles, Wilkie Collins, and Terry Pratchett

Bonus points for contributing your own author and quote about the craft of writing in the comments. And I’ll figure out some kind of prize to make this all worth-while for those who play and win! The answers will be posted tomorrow morning.



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