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Fitzgerald on writers

Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person. It’s like actors, who try so pathetically not to look in mirrors. Who lean backward trying—only to see their faces in the reflecting chandeliers. — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Last Tycoon

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Albee on the creative process

Few sensible authors are happy discussing the creative process — it is, after all, black magic, and may lose its power if we look that particular gift horse too closely in the mouth. — Edward Albee, Three Tall Women (Forward)

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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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Melville on the writer and the reader

What a mad, inconceivable thing that a writer cannot–in any conceivable circumstances–be frank with his readers.–Herman Melville

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Lessing on the writer

And it does no harm to repeat, as often as you can, “Without me the literary industry would not exist: the publisher’s, agents, the sub-agents, the sub-sub-agents, the accountants, the libel lawyers, the departments of literature, the professors, the theses, the books of criticism, the reviewers, the book pages–all this vast and proliferating edifice is […]

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Costain on writers

I am convinced that all writers are optimists whether they concede the point or not. How otherwise could any human being sit down to a pile of blank sheets and decide to write, say, two hundred thousand words on a given theme?–Thomas Costain

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Taylor on advice to writers

I believe the saddest news one has to give any young writer just setting out is that very few good writers are able to support themselves by their writing.–Peter Taylor

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Wheelock on writers

Most writers are in a state of gloom a good deal of the time; they need perpetual reassurance.–John Hall Wheelock

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Bellow on writers

Writers seldom wish other writers well.–Saul Bellow

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Maugham on rules for writers

A good rule for writers: do not explain overmuch.–W. Somerset Maugham

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