Quotes: Jim Crace

Successful writers are only rarely in the middle of difficult paragraphs. Most of our time is spent prevaricating and whining and managing the guilt.  Jim Crace More Secrets of my…

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Rejection slips

We’ve all had ’em. Even the greats. Schadenfreude perhaps, but it’s cheering to see just how wrong publishers can be at times …     Jorge Luis Borges ‘utterly untranslatable’…

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Quote: Samuel Johnson

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. Samuel Johnson .

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Quote: Julian Barnes

It’s easy, after all, not to be a writer. Most people aren’t writers, and very little harm comes to them.  Julian Barnes .

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Quotes: William Faulkner

If a writer has to rob his mother he will not hesitate – the ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ is worth any number of old ladies. William Faulkner .

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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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