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King on having fun

When a good writer is having fun, the audience is almost always having fun too. — Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 17, 2007

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Miller on the right to write

One had the right to write because other people needed news of the inner world, and if they went too long without such news they would go mad with the chaos of their lives. — Arthur Miller, The Shadows of the Gods

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Aristotle on the writing process

As for the story, whether the poet takes it ready made or constructs it for himself, he should first sketch its general outline, and then fill in the episodes and amplify in detail. — Aristotle, Poetics

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Hemmingway on being a writer

For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed. — Ernest Hemmingway, Acceptance Speech, Nobel Price 1954

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Ibsen on the writing process

Before I write down one word, I have to have the character in my mind through and through. I must penetrate into the last wrinkle of his soul. — Henrik Ibsen

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Verdi on the opinion of others

I should compose with utter confidence a subject that set my blood going, even though it were condemned by all other artists as anti-musical.–Giuseppe Verdi

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Chopin on composition

Nothing is more odious than music without hidden meanings.–Frederic Chopin

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Fellini on the creative process

When the film is finished it is never the film I said I wanted to make–Federico Fellini

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Fine on the creative process

Every artist, from the moment he or she makes the first stroke on canvas, is destined to follow a certain path.–Perle Fine

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Miro on the creative process

I start from something considered dead and arrive at a world. And when I put a title on it, it becomes even more alive.–Joan Miro

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