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The Myth of The Lazy Writer

Hugh Howey, writing in Publishers Weekly; The hardest part of getting a book published is the actual writing. All it takes to see this is the number of people who…

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The benefit of my experience

Or how John Steinbeck kept from going nuts … … let me give you the benefit of my experience in facing 400 pages of blank stock—the appalling stuff that must…

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171 words of wisdom every writer should read

A couple of weeks ago, Joe Konrath published a blog post entitled “The Path to Success”. It’s not a long post, and it concludes with this, 171 words that sum…

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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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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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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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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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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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