Being a writer in a library is rather like being a eunuch in a harem.

โ€” John Braine

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Solitude and quiet are highly desirable, but the lack of them is no barrier to writing... The will to work builds all the seclusion that one needs.

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To be shockingly original with your first novel, you donโ€™t have to discover a new technique: Simply write about people as they are and not as the predominantly liberal and humanist literary establishment believes that they ought to be.

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There isn't, unfortunately, any way of discovering whether you can write a publishable novel except by writing it.

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It isn't that inspiration doesn't exist, but it comes only with writing.

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I've no desire to be ill-dressed; but I hate the feeling that I daren't be ill-dressed if I want to.

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Writing's not always a pleasure to me, but if I'm not writing every other pleasure loses its savour.

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