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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NaNoWriMo: Day 7 – Progress report

One week in to NaNoWriMo and the blank-screen method is still working for me! 11,949 words so far, a whisker over my 11,669 word target. 38,051 words to go.

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NaNoWriMo: Day 1 – The blank screen

I’ve read about writers who just sit down and start writing, so I thought that’s what I’d try for NaNoWriMo. Although you’re allowed to research and prepare beforehand, I’ve done…

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Writers at work: E. L. Doctorow

INTERVIEWER Do you have any idea how a project is going to end? . DOCTOROW Not at that point, no. It’s not a terribly rational way to work. It’s hard…

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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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NaNoWriMo’s coming!

NaNoWriMo – originally short for National Novel Writing Month – is an annual internet-based creative writing event that takes place every November. Despite the National in its name, participants now…

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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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Writers at work: Ernest Hemingway

INTERVIEWER: How much rewriting do you do? HEMINGWAY: It depends. I rewrote the ending to Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied. INTERVIEWER:…

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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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