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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 Iā€™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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Quote: P D James

Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell. P D James .

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NaNoWriMo: +16 ā€“ The real finish line

As I mentioned last month, I only managed 50,503 words in November. That was enough to “win” NaNoWriMo, but it was only about two-thirds of the novel that began to…

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Pay the writer!

Harlan Ellison at full force. 2:02: They always want the writer to work for nothing, and the problem is that there’s so god damn many writers who have no idea…

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Quotes: Geoff Dyer

I think [writing] should be done only in private, like any other lavatorial activity. Geoff Dyer .

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NaNoWriMo: Day 30 ā€“ The finish line

I made it! As you can see from the glorious graphic, I’m officially a NaNoWriMo “winner” ā€“ along with 42,008 other winners who took part this year. How does it…

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Great Writing: Charles Dickens

Mr and Mrs Veneering were brand-new people in a brand-new house in a brand-new quarter of London. Everything about the Veneerings was spick and span new. All their furniture was…

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