Mickey Spillane: The older, the better

Mickey Spillane: The older, the better

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If you’re a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he’s good, the older⋅⋅⋅
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Samuel Johnson: Reading and making of a book

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The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make⋅⋅⋅
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Eudora Welty: Taking Life as it Exists

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“The writing of a novel is taking life as it already exists, not to report it but to make an object, toward the end that⋅⋅⋅
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John Updike: Of Heroes and Kings

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“We’re past the age of heroes and hero kings. … Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it’s up to the writer⋅⋅⋅
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Jack Kerouac: Of talent and genius

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“Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again. Born writers of the future are⋅⋅⋅
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Elmore Leonard: Of verbs and adverbs

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“Never use an adverb to modify the verb ‘said’ . . . he admonished gravely. To use an adverb this way (or almost any way)⋅⋅⋅
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Walter Mosley: Write every day

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“If you want to be a writer, you have to write every day. The consistency, the monotony, the certainty, all vagaries and passions are covered⋅⋅⋅
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John Updike: We’re past the age of heroes and hero kings

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“We’re past the age of heroes and hero kings. … Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it’s up to the writer⋅⋅⋅
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Gloria Steinem: Writing the only thing

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“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” — Gloria Steinem

Truman Capote: Inner music of words

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“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.” – Truman Capote