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... in nine out of ten cases the original wish to write is the wish to make oneself felt ... [ellipsis in source] the non-essentia ...
[A writer] should try not to be too far, personally, below the level of his work.
The writer, unlike his non-writing adult friend, has no predisposed outlook; he seldom observes deliberately. He sees what he did ...
The writer, like a swimmer caught by an undertow, is borne in an unexpected direction. He is carried to a subject which has awaite ...
Temperamentally, the writer exists on happenings, on contacts, conflicts, action and reaction, speed, pressure, tension. Were he a ...
[My early stories] are the work of a living writer whom I know in a sense, but can never meet.
The short story is at an advantage over the novel, and can claim its nearer kinship to poetry, because it must be more concentrate ...
What is a novel? I say: an invented story. At the same time a story which, though invented has the power to ring true. True to wha ...
When I read a story, I relive the moment from which it sprang. A scene burned itself into me, a building magnetized me, a mood or ...
... into the novel goes such taste as I have for rational behaviour and social portraiture. The short story, as I see it to be, al ...
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