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A good editor understands what you're talking and writing about and doesn't meddle too much.
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A writer has to live with a sense of honor.
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A writer is a human being. He has to live with a sense of honor.
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All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good reviews and remember one bad one.
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An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself.
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At the height of the McCarthy period, writers were being hounded.
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Curiously, the United States is full of writers who have one big work in their life and that's all.
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Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the writer an acceptable public figure; obviously, he was no sissy.
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Every novelist has a different purpose - and often several purposes which might even be contradictory.
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Everybody knows somebody who is writing for television or for the movies. There are I so many more writers.
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I am forced to say that I have many fiercer critics than myself.
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I can see through trickery and cheating a lot better than I did. I've been exposed to quite a bit of it.
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I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?
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I don't think that the writer is regarded as a freak by Americans.
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I haven't stuck to any formula. Most great writers stick to the same style, but I wanted to be more various.
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I imagine that my characters have become much more complicated than when I first began, which would be normal.
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I know writers who lean on their editors very heavily. They want constant reassurance. They are doubtful about their own directions.
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I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober.
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I never show anything to anybody until I've finished it.
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I reach my readers regardless of what the critics have written.
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I was required to send at my own expense two books to some bureaucratic organization of the Hungarian government. You can imagine how well writers are doing in Budapest.
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I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young.
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I've become more gentle in my irony. I'm liable to do more with failure and death. My attitude toward women is much less romantic than it was.
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I've gone on the wagon, but my body doesn't believe it.
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If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship.
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If, when I got out of college, I had abandoned my family to starvation, I'd have been a much worse writer.
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In a novel, it's hard to keep track of everybody.
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In America, we have the feeling of the doomed young artist. Fitzgerald was the great example of that.
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In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75.
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In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical cord from the writer and talk in their own voices.
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Isaac Singer was born in Poland and doesn't write in English. Still, he's an American.
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It's those damn critics again.
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Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got invited to the White House.
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My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have to read all my books to find out how they have.
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My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever.
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My views naturally have mellowed. Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me.
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No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it, even if he doesn't get paid.
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People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly.
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Posterity makes the judgments. There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody.
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Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for writers to start out in because the writing quickly falls into a routine and people are likely to find themselves artistically exhausted when they want to work on something of their own.
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The great writers just kept bringing them out. They didn't care if they repeated themselves.
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The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about, is almost always best left out.
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The New Yorker editors are the least athletic group of people I've ever seen, and they were against violence.
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The New Yorker has been very hospitable to me. I had great editors there.
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The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer must suffer for his talent. I think a writer is a citizen of humanity, part of his nation, part of his family. He may have to make some compromises.
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The serious writer who doesn't want to compromise at all finds it difficult.
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The writer works in a lonely way.
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There are a couple of critics I won't forget, from the so-called New York literary establishment, who have their own pets and standards.
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There are too many books I haven't read, too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I haven't kept long enough.
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There are very few people like Pound around and very few people like T.S. Eliot. So I don't hope for that.
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When I started out in the early 1930s, there were a great many magazines that published short stories. Unfortunately, the short-story market has dwindled to almost nothing.
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When I write about young people, I want to see whether I'm getting it straight or not.
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Writers of fiction, when they begin, are more likely to try the short form.
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Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life.
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Writing is finally play, and there's no reason why you should get paid for playing.
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Writing is like a contact sport, like football. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it.
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You have to expect the raps when you have achieved popularity as a writer.
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You must avoid giving hostages to fortune, like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house, and a style of living that never lets you aford the time to take the chance to write what you wish.
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