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That shelf in Kansas means everything

When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas…

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Driving at night

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night…

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Nothing bad can happen to a writer

Nothing bad can happen to a writer.

Everything is material.

~~Philip Roth, novelist

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Widely separated words

I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories…

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Getting the reader under the bed

These are God’s adjectives.

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The only secret of style

Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style. ~~Matthew Arnold, poet and critic, 1822-1888

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Six minutes to live

  If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster. ~~Isaac Asimov, science-fiction writer, 1920-1992   .... read more

Clamoring to become visible

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. ~~Vladimir Nabakov, Russian novelist, 1899-1977 .... read more