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The first writers are first and the rest, in the long run, nowhere but in anthologies.
By: Rohit Jain # 5
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As a writer, I was writing for the Jane Wyman Theater, that was an anthology, and The Dick Powell Show was an anthology, and then the Danny Thomas Hour, and then Playhouse 90.
By: Rohit Jain # 5
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I'm just a travel writer trying to get more horsepower, more amplification.
By: Rohit Jain # 5
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Writing is a lonely job unless you're a drinker, in which case you always have a friend within reach.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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Writing a book just might be the hardest thing I've ever done, besides trying to get laid in college.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages a sick sense of failure falls on me and I know I can never do it. This happens every time. Then gradually I write one page and then another. One day's work is all I can permit myself to contemplate and I eliminate the possibility of ever finishing.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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What do you have to write about? You're not oppressed! You're not gay!
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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To serve the reader a fruitcake that you wouldn't eat yourself, to build the reader an uncomfortable house you wouldn't want to live in: this violates what seems to me the categorical imperative for any fiction writer. This is the ultimate breach of Contract.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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The writer merely has some people in his mind, and an incident or two, also a locality. He knows the selected locality, and he strusts that he can plunge those people into incidents with interesting results.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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The only good writer was a dead writer. Then he couldn't surprise anyone any more, couldn't hurt anyone any more.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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The nineteenth century was the era of the novelist.
The twentieth is the era of the journalist.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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Somebody asked me, 'Bukowski, if you taught a course in writing what would you ask them to do?' I answered, 'I'd send them all to the racetrack and force them to bet $5 on each race.' This ass thought I was joking. The human race is very good at treachery and cheating and modifying a position. What people who want to be writers need is to be put in an area that they cannot manuever out of by weak and dirty play. This is why groups of people at parties are so disgusting: all their envy and smallness and trickery surfaces. If you want to find out who your friends are you can do two things: invite them to a party or go to jail. You will soon find that you don't have any friends.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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One must regard the hyphen as a blemish to be avoided whenever possible.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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Nobody has to be a writer. Print culture may be under siege, but there has been an enormous inflation in the number of books printed, and very few of these could be considered part of literature. ... Unlike what has been said here before, for me the primary obligation is human solidarity.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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It is a fine thing to face machine guns for immortality and a medal, but isn't it a fine thing, too, to face calumny, injustice and loneliness for the truth which makes men free?
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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It doesn't matter what you write. But don't think that just because you wrote it that it's good.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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If I have learned anything from working in journalism, it's that people who read newspapers apparently can't read newspapers. That's all I've ever been told. Every discussion I've ever had with an editor has stressed that people despise the process of reading.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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I've always considered writing the most hateful kind of work. I suspect it's a bit like fucking, which is only fun for amateurs. Old whores don't do much giggling.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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I was recently asked what it takes to become a writer. Three things, I answered: first, one must cultivate incompetence at almost every other form of profitable work. This must be accompanied, second, by a haughty contempt for all the forms of work that one has established one cannot do. To these two must be joined, third, the nuttiness to believe that other people can be made to care about your opinions and views and be charmed by the way you state them. Incompetence, contempt, lunacy — once you have these in place, you are set to go.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments.
By: Shalini Malhotra # 6
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