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W. Somerset Maugham on Writing

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“It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.”

More from W. Somerset Maugham

“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.”
“The ideas for stories that thronged my brain would not let me rest till I had got rid of them by writing them.”
“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.”
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