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Truman Capote “Work is the only device I know of. Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade, just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. Even Joyce, our most extreme disregarder, was a superb craftsman; he could write Ulysses because he could write Dubliners. Too many writers seem to consider the writing of short stories as a kind of finger exercise. Well, in such cases, it is certainly only their fingers they are exercising.” [in an interview with The Paris Review, 1957] He talks like a journalist. Just do it, write, get on with it, stop fussing. Other journalists turned novelists say the same thing, learn the rules, break the rules, just write it. Other truisms from Capote include: “Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.” “Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.” Ernest Hemingway, another former journalist, has some of the best quotes about ‘getting on with it’:- “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” “Do
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