12 Patricia Cornwell Quotes for Writers and About Writing

Here are 12 Patricia Cornwell quotes for writers and about writing from the author of Postmortem, Book of the Dead, and Red Mist. In these quotes, Cornwell shares her thoughts on insecurity, outlining, taking risks, and more.
Author:
Publish date:

Here are 12 Patricia Cornwell quotes for writers and about writing from the author of Postmortem, Book of the Dead, and Red Mist. In these quotes, Cornwell shares her thoughts on insecurity, outlining, taking risks, and more.

Patricia Cornwell is an award-winning crime author. She is best known for novels involving medical examiner Kay Scarpetta including Postmortem, Book of the Dead, and Red Mist. She has won several awards, including an Edgar Award, RBA Prize for Crime Writing, British Book Awards' Crime Thriller of the Year, and more.

(How to Write a Mystery Novel.)

Cornwell has also written a few nonfiction books, including two about Jack the Ripper that set forth a case against British artist Walter Sickert. She has purchased more than 30 of Sickert's paintings, and her findings have been disputed. For his part, Sickert believed he lodged in a room previously used by Jack the Ripper.

Here are 12 Patricia Cornwell quotes for writers and about writing that cover insecurity, outlining, taking risks, and more.

12 Patricia Cornwell quotes for writers and about writing

"Don't just read other people's books. Go have adventures!"

Image placeholder title

"I can't imagine outlining a book and then just sitting down and writing it. I think it would lose its emotional being—the effervescence, the sparkle."

Image placeholder title

"I continue to do research as I'm writing a book, and it all evolves together. I get an idea, and then when I look into it, that gives me other ideas."

Image placeholder title

Write Better Novels!

Image placeholder title

Push yourself beyond your comfort zone and take your writing to new heights with this Advanced Novel Writing workshop meant for novelists who are looking for book editing and specific feedback on their work. When you take this online workshop, you won't have weekly reading assignments or lectures. Instead, you'll get to focus solely on completing your novel.

While it is possible to write a novel in a month, in this workshop you'll spend 15 weeks writing yours—all the while gaining valuable feedback and getting the encouragement you need in order to finish writing your novel. You'll also learn specific tips for outlining and how not to write a novel. One thing is for certain though—by the end of this online workshop, you will have the tools and know-how to write a great novel.

Click to continue.

"I get the most done by secluding myself."

Image placeholder title

(9 practical tricks for writing your first novel.)

"I started out doing poetry when I was young, and I think I have a little bit of a poetic approach to writing a book, where I start with an image."

Image placeholder title

"I think a little insecurity is a good thing."

Image placeholder title

"I want you to go through the looking glass of words on the page and be in the world I'm describing."

Image placeholder title

(Maximize your settings.)

"Quitting can't be an option. You don't become a writer—you are one."

Image placeholder title

"The biggest enemy when you have a series is that you get bored with it."

Image placeholder title

(How to write a novel series.)

"Writing is hard work. It isn't just sitting around fantasizing, or having a drink with somebody and talking about how cool it would be if you wrote a story. It's work."

Image placeholder title

"You have to be willing to take risks."

Image placeholder title

"You should be telling your truth and pulling it out of your soul."

Image placeholder title
Nicole Galland: On Returning to Familiar Characters

Nicole Galland: On Returning to Familiar Characters

Bestselling author Nicole Galland explains what it was like to dive into writing a series and how speculative fiction allows her to explore her interests.

6 Tools for Writing Nonfiction That Breathes

6 Tools for Writing Nonfiction That Breathes

Nonfiction author Liz Heinecke gives her top 6 tips for crafting a nonfiction book that will really capture your subject.

Flash Fiction Challenge

2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 27

Write a piece of flash fiction each day of February with the February Flash Fiction Challenge, led by editor Moriah Richard. Each day, receive a prompt, example story, and write your own. Today's prompt is to write something that makes you laugh.

Poetic Forms

Ars Poetica: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at ars poetica and the art of writing poems about poems.

Flash Fiction Challenge

2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 26

Write a piece of flash fiction each day of February with the February Flash Fiction Challenge, led by editor Moriah Richard. Each day, receive a prompt, example story, and write your own. Today's prompt is to write about an article of clothing.

Authors Share Tips on Writing Mystery and Thriller Novels That Readers Love

23 Authors Share Tips on Writing Mystery and Thriller Novels That Readers Love

23 authors share tips on writing mystery and thriller novels that readers love, covering topics related to building suspense, inserting humor, crafting incredible villains, and figuring out the time of death.

Jaclyn Goldis: From Personal History to Historical Fiction

Jaclyn Goldis: From Personal History to Historical Fiction

Debut author Jaclyn Goldis explains how her novel When We Were Young was inspired by her real-life grandmothers and how many times she rewrote her first chapter.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Forced Decision

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Forced Decision

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, force a character to make a decision.

Flash Fiction Challenge

2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 25

Write a piece of flash fiction each day of February with the February Flash Fiction Challenge, led by editor Moriah Richard. Each day, receive a prompt, example story, and write your own. Today's prompt is to write about a cryptid.