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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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Lee on Who do you write for?

Everybody wants to feel that you’re writing to a certain demographic because that’s good business, but I’ve never done that … I tried to write stories that would interest me. I’d say, what would I like to read?… I don’t think you can do your best work if you’re writing for somebody else, because you […]

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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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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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Williams on writing

At the age of fourteen I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable. — Tennessee Williams,Sweet Bird of Youth (Forward)

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Allingham on learning to write

Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly each day. — William Allingham

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Abelard on the writing disease

Against the disease of writing one must take special precautions, since it is a dangerous and contagious disease. – Peter Abelard

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Zola on the value of deadlines

One forges one’s style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines. — Emile Zola

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