Archive for December, 2010

Visser on writing many works

I can’t imagine getting up in the morning full of enthusiasm to make something that I already made the day before.–Carel Visser

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Dennis on publishing

Auntie Mame had circulated for five years, through the halls of fifteen publishers, and finally ended up with Vanguard Press, which, as you can see, is rather deep into the alphabet.–Patrick Dennis

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Tan on after the sale

What I found myself writing, after the success of the first book, was a second book baed on what I thought various people wanted–something fairy tale-like, or exotic, or cerebral, or cultural, or historical, or poetic, or simple, or complex.–Amy Tan

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Perkins on editors

Editors are extremely fallible people, all of them. Don’t put too much trust in them.–Maxwell Perkins

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Melville on the soul

You cannot hide the soul.–Herman Melville

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Morris on fiction

Fiction, even at its best, is remarkably in the world of events.–Wright Morris

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Fowles on why novelists write

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

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Wiliams on vocabulary

My vocabulary was chosen out of the intensity of my concern.–William Carlos Williams

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Cotterell on how writers are perceived

In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is.–Geoffrey Cotterell

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Swados on American novelists

The novelist in America is regarded as a kind of freak unless he retreats to the university or hits the jackpot in the mass media.–Harvey Swados

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