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Twain on writing a funny story

The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it. — Mark Twain, How to Tell a Story

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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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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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Orwell on writing to make money

There is only one way to make money at writing, and that is to marry a publisher’s daughter. — George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London

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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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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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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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