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Writers, you know, are the beggars of Western society.

Writers, you know, are the beggars of Western society.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

All writers have their own pet commandments.

All writers have their own pet commandments.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Your manuscript is both good and original but the parts that are good are

Your manuscript is both good and original but the parts that are good are not original and the parts that are original are not good.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Writing is easy: all you do is sit staring at the blank sheet of paper unti

Writing is easy: all you do is sit staring at the blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

As for my next book I am going to hold myself from writing it till I have

As for my next book I am going to hold myself from writing it till I have it impending in me: grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear pendant gravid asking to be cut or it will fall.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I think it's bad to talk about one's present work for it spoils something

I think it's bad to talk about one's present work for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Just as there is nothing between the admirable omelette and the intolerable

Just as there is nothing between the admirable omelette and the intolerable so with autobiography.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Writing is a solitary occupation. Family friends and society are the natur

Writing is a solitary occupation. Family friends and society are the natural enemies of a writer. He must be alone uninterrupted and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lo

An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lot better a little better.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The editorial job has become unlike the ancient age when one judged what o

The editorial job has become unlike the ancient age when one judged what one read a job of making judgements on outlines ideas reputations previous books scenarios treatments talk and promises.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

On the trail of another man the biographer must put up with finding himsel

On the trail of another man the biographer must put up with finding himself at every turn: any biography uneasily shelters an autobiography within it.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solutio

At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution once revealed must seem to be inevitable.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

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