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A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.

A great many people now reading and writing would be better employed in keeping rabbits.

A man really writes for an audience of about ten persons. Of course if others like it, that is clear gain. But if those ten are satisfied, he is content.

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer. See quote detail

A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.

A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down. If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book nothing can help him.

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.

Advice to young writers who want to get ahead without any annoying delays: don't write about Man, write about a man.

Agatha Christie has given more pleasure in bed than any other woman.

All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.

An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lot better, a little better.

An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.

Anybody can find out if he is a writer. If he were a writer, when he tried to write of some particular day, he would find in the effort that he could recall exactly how the light fell and how the temperature felt, and all the quality of it. Most people cannot do it. If they can do it, they may never be successful in a pecuniary sense, but that ability is at the bottom of writing, I am sure.

As for my next book, I am going to hold myself from writing it till I have it impending in me: grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear, pendant, gravid, asking to be cut or it will fall.

As for style of writing, if one has anything to say, it drops from him simply and directly, as a stone falls to the ground.

At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.

Beauty and truth may be attributes of good writing, but if the writer deliberately aims at truth, he is likely to find that what he has hit is the didactic.

Begin with another's to end with your own.

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. See quote detail


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