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Quotes : Rebecca West

“If one is a woman writer there are certain things one must do. First, not be too good; second, die young. What an edge Katherine Mansfield has on all of…

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Quote: Russell Blake

“Seven years is a long time. Over half many dogs’ lives. Little over 2500 days. During which time I’ve written something like … five million published words. Not counting blogs,…

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Quote: Robert Benchley

“It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.” Robert Benchley

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Quote: Joy Cowley

Whoever said ‘We only live once’ wasn’t a reader. Joy Cowley

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Quote: John Keats

“The roaring of the wind is my wife and the stars through the window pane are my children… I do not live in this world alone but in a thousand…

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Quote: Joe Konrath, Publishing is a lottery

No matter how talented you are, no matter how hard working, no matter how awesome and committed your publisher might be, statistically you are far more likely to lose the…

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What writers need to do …

… what we need to do is simply write fun and entertaining books and get them out. The next book is always the best promotion. Dean Wesley Smith Background photo:…

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Famous Razors

Razors aren’t just for shaving. In philosophy, a razor is a rule of thumb that allows for the elimination (the “shaving off”) of unlikely explanations. The most famous is Occam’s…

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The hard facts …

… from Joe Konrath: No matter how talented you are, no matter how hard working, no matter how awesome and committed your publisher might be, statistically you are far more…

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Literary Putdowns

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…

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