Writers at Work: Lee Child

Last week, author Lee Child was interviewed on Radio New Zealand. He said this about his writing process … Basically, the first draft is what is published because I think…

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Quotes: Somerset Maugham

Only a mediocre writer is always at his best.  Somerset Maugham .

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Quotes: Joe Konrath

… the only two groups required in a reader and writer relationship is the reader and the writer. Everyone else is a middleman that needs to prove his value. ……

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Writerly advice

A reader emailed me: Hello Geoff, … I am looking at putting my idea of a story down on paper and really have no idea where to start. I am…

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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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The secret’s out …

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Quote: Jules Renard

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. Jules Renard  .

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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: Sylvia Plath

    You ask me why I spend my life writing? Do I find entertainment? Is it worthwhile? Above all, does it pay? If not, then, is there a reason?…

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So you don’t like Shakespeare …

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