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10 Quotes on Writing by David Sedaris

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David Sedaris on Writing

“Writing gives you the illusion that you're in control. But it's just that: an illusion.”
“You need to be in the world and you need to be engaged with the world. It’s my job to collect jokes. It’s my job to collect startling images. And so when I’m out in the world, I’m at work. And I’m a professional.”
“You can’t write unless you read.”
“I started writing when I was twenty, and my first book came out seventeen years later.”
“The only real advice you can give anyone is to keep writing.”
“I started writing one afternoon when I was twenty, and ever since then I have written every day. At first I had to force myself. Then it became part of my identity, and I did it without thinking.”
“It can take years. With the first draft, I just write everything. With the second draft, it becomes so depressing for me, because I realize that I was fooled into thinking I'd written the story. I hadn't-I had just typed for a long time. So then I have to carve out a story from the 25 or so pages. It's in there somewhere-but I have to find it.”
“I started writing when I was twenty. My first book came out when I was thirty-five. But I never expected that it would happen quickly.”
“I'm glad that I didn't have the Internet when I started writing. I started writing when I was 20 and didn't show a word of it to anyone until I was 28. I had the sense to keep it to myself. Now the temptation with blogs and such, they're just getting it out there; maybe it would have been best to keep it to themselves.”
“Write relentlessly, until you find your voice. Then, use it.”
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