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Lost postives

You can be implacable, disgusted, inert, nonchalant and gormless, so why can’t you be placable, gusted, ert, chalant and gorm? John Rentoul at The Independent has a list of the…

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Quote: Samuel Johnson

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

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NaNoWriMo – The final assessment

I’ve just spent the last two days reading through the 80,000 word novel I wrote in six-and-half weeks last year. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, I started with a blank screen and…

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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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Writer’s block

Source: Doug Savage’s, Savage Chickens.

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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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Rejection letters

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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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Writers at work: Haruki Murakami

INTERVIEWER How is your typical workday structured? MURAKAMI When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at four a.m. and work for five to six hours. In…

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