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F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret to Great Writing: Letters of Advice to a Friend’s Teenage Daughter and to His Own
F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret to Great Writing: Letters of Advice to a Friend’s Teenage Daughter and to His Own

“Nothing any good isn’t hard.”

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Joseph Conrad on Writing and the Role of the Artist
Joseph Conrad on Writing and the Role of the Artist

“Art is long and life is short, and success is very far off.”

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Henry Miller on Writing and Life
Henry Miller on Writing and Life

“Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery.”

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Joan Didion on Keeping a Notebook
Joan Didion on Keeping a Notebook

“We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not.”

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The Nature of the Fun: David Foster Wallace on Why Writers Write
The Nature of the Fun: David Foster Wallace on Why Writers Write

“Fiction becomes a weird way to countenance yourself and to tell the truth instead of being a way to escape yourself or present yourself in a way you figure you will be maximally likable.”

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How to Write Letters: A 19th-Century Guide to the Lost Art of Epistolary Etiquette
How to Write Letters: A 19th-Century Guide to the Lost Art of Epistolary Etiquette

“A letter should be regarded not merely as a medium for the communication of intelligence, but also as a work of art.”

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Susan Sontag on Art: Illustrated Diary Excerpts
Susan Sontag on Art: Illustrated Diary Excerpts

“Art is a form of consciousness.”

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The Daily Routines of Great Writers
The Daily Routines of Great Writers

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”

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What Will Survive of Us Is Love: Helen Dunmore’s 9 Rules of Writing
What Will Survive of Us Is Love: Helen Dunmore’s 9 Rules of Writing

“A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk.”

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Daily Routine
Kurt Vonnegut’s Daily Routine

“In an unmoored life like mine, sleep and hunger and work arrange themselves to suit themselves, without consulting me.”

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