Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Good Storytelling

It’s good to be back in the Land of the Blogging, having been on holiday in Kos for a couple of weeks. One of the bonuses of my return is that I can, once more, participate in Silver Threading’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday.


As writers of fiction, we must ask ourselves, “What do our readers want from us?”

The answer is simple: they want a good story that is going to capture their attention, and imagination, from the first page to the last. Of course, there are pieces of ourselves, or events that we have witnessed or even read about, in most of our stories. These truths may be just grains of sand in a vast desert. They might be manipulated and enhanced until a great work of fiction grows around them. But what we are all aiming for is to tell our readers a damned good story.

Mark Twain said, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”

This week, I am giving you two quotes for the price of one. Two times “free” is still “free.” The second one is a variation on the theme from Irishman, John Pentland Mahaffy, a contemporary of Twain. So, if you want to manufacture a great story, set your imagination free and make it all up!


“Never tell a story because it is true: tell it because it’s a good story”
John Pentland Mahaffy

About Lance Greenfield

Blog: lancegreenfield.wordpress.com email: lancegmitchell@outlook.com I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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3 Responses to Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Good Storytelling

  1. Silver Threading says:

    Welcome back, Lance! I know you had a wonderful time and by the looks of your quote it was fabulous. I still remember my English professor in college asking us if the story we wanted to tell was worth telling. That always stuck with me and makes sense! Thanks for sharing. ❤

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  3. Truth is such a slippery concept but everyone recognizes and knows a good story when they hear one. Some truths are better expressed in fiction! Great post.

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