Write as often as possible, not with the idea at once of getting into print, but as if you were learning an instrument.
If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules, but if not - and the odds are against it - go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper - write.
Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write.
Much of writing might be described as mental pregnancy with successive difficult deliveries.
Depending upon shock tactics is easy, whereas writing a good play is difficult. Pubic hair is no substitute for wit.
A novelist who writes nothing for 10 years finds his reputation rising. Because I keep on producing books they say there must be something wrong with this fellow.
If there is one thing left that I would like to do, it's to write something really beautiful. And I could do it, you know. I could still do it.
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