A writer has to live with a sense of honor.
By: Irwin Shaw
If youre young enough, any kind of writing you do for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship.
A good editor understands what youre talking and writing about and doesnt meddle too much.
The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about, is almost always best left out.
An absolutely necessary part of a writers 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.
Every novelist has a different purpose - and often several purposes which might even be contradictory.
My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have to read all my books to find out how they have.
I am forced to say that I have many fiercer critics than myself.
There are too many books I havent read, too many places I havent seen, too many memories I havent kept long enough.
Its those damn critics again.
All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good reviews and remember one bad one.
I reach my readers regardless of what the critics have written.
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