Quotes: Thomas Mann

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Thomas Mann .

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Quotes: Edward Gibbon

Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book. Edward Gibbon .

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Quote: P D James

Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell. P D James .

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Pay the writer!

Harlan Ellison at full force. 2:02: They always want the writer to work for nothing, and the problem is that there’s so god damn many writers who have no idea…

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Quotes: Geoff Dyer

I think [writing] should be done only in private, like any other lavatorial activity. Geoff Dyer .

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Quote: Helen Simpson

The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it on the wall in front of my desk saying “Faire et se taire” (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as…

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Quote: Don Marquis

If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that’s read by persons who move their lips when they’re reading to themselves.  Don Marquis .

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Quote: Hilary Mantel

Write a book you’d like to read. If you wouldn’t read it, why would anybody else?  Hilary Mantel .

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Quotes: Margaret Atwood

Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but essentially you’re on your own. Nobody is making you do…

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Quotes: W. Somerset Maugham

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.  W. Somerset Maugham .

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