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Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array Of Literary Lights

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On agents: "Choose your agent as carefully as you would choose your accountant or lawyer. Or dentist." — Russell Banks

On characters: "The characters have their own lives and their own logic, and you have to act accordingly." — Isaac Bashevis Singer

On colleagues: "Artists never thrive in colonies. Ants do. What the budding artist needs is the privilege of wrestling with his problems in solitude — and now and the a piece of red meat." — Henry Miller

On critics and criticism: "It is advantageous to an author that his book should be attacked as well as praised. Fame is a shuttlecock. If it be struck at only one end of the room, it will soon fall to the ground. To keep it up, it must be struck at both ends." — Samuel Johnson

On dialogue: "Dialogue in fiction should be reserved for the culminating moments and regarded as the spray into which the great wave of narrative breaks in curving toward the watcher on the shore." — Edith Wharton

On discouragement: "Writing is easy. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." — Red Smith

On drink: "First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you." — F. Scott Fitzgerald

On editors and editing: "Bow down before them. They know what they are doing." — Quentin Crisp

On grammar and usage: "Usage is the only test. I prefer a phrase that is easy and unaffected to a phrase that is grammatical." — W. Somerset Maugham

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679763413
Subtitle:
A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights
Author:
Winokur, Jon
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Subject:
Quotations
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Subject:
writing;reference;quotations
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20000509
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.44x5.66x.57 in. .66 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Winokur gathers the counsel of more than 400 celebrated authors in a treasury on the world and work of writing. "Advice to Writers" contains the secrets behind the sleight-of-hand practiced by artists from Aristotle to Rita Mae Brown.
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