Tag Archives: Somerset Maugham

“Unreasonable” Writers

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”   George Bernard Shaw “People who lead a satisfying life, who are in … Continue reading

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Stronger Showing

“The best style is the style you don’t notice.” “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” W. Somerset Maugham We’ve all been overwhelmed with advice about showing not telling  — and Somerset … Continue reading

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Producing Inspiration

“Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. ‘I write only when inspiration strikes,’ he replied. ‘Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.’        “That’s a pro. … Continue reading

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No Absolutes

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” W. Somerset Maugham Quick questions: Did James Joyce like to write at night or in the morning? How about Hemingway? Did Marcel Proust prefer tea … Continue reading

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Crafty Crafters

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” W. Somerset Maugham Oh, what tangled webs we weave! As a writer, one of the most enjoyable things about reading is the opportunity it offers … Continue reading

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The Best

“It’s a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the very best, you very often get it.” Somerset Maugham Get a bunch of writers together talking about getting their work out into the world and they … Continue reading

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