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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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Technique: On Dialogue

Here’s Neil Cross, talking about dialogue: … there isn’t much point in listening to what people say, because what people say isn’t usually all that interesting. It’s critically important, however,…

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Writers at work: Graham Linehan

If somebody asked you for tips on becoming a better writer, what’s the one thing you’d tell them? Show don’t tell. People pay lip service to this concept but as…

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Quote: Philip Larkin

A story has a beginning, a muddle and an end. Philip Larkin .

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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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