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W. Somerset Maugham on Writing

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“Words have weight, sound and appearance; it is only by considering these that you can write a sentence that is good to look at and good to listen to.”

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“Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.”
“It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.”
“We do not write as we want, but as we can.”
“No author can create a character out of nothing. He must have a model to give him a starting point; but then his imagination goes to work, he builds him up, adding a trait here, a trait there, which his model did not possess.”
“Writing is a wholetime job: no professional writer can afford only to write when he feels like it.”
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