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Jack London: Keep a notebook

Jack London in his study
via twitter

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up in your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.

Jack London
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Robert Frank, photo poetry

Robert Frank, photo poetry
Robert Frank, photo poetry
Robert Frank, photo poetry

When people look at my pictures, I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.

Robert Frank
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Joyce Carol Oates: On writing when you’re exhausted

I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card…and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.

Joyce Carol Oates
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Samuel Beckett: ‘My mistakes are my life’

“My mistakes are my life.”

Samuel Beckett
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Neil Gaiman on how we find our own writing voice

Most of us find our own voices only after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people.

Neil Gaiman

First, we emulate and then we originate.

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The trick is not becoming a writer

Harlan Ellison on a typewriter

The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer.

Harlan Ellison