„You know what I did after I wrote my first novel? I shut up and wrote twenty-three more."



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„I wrote my first story when I was fifteen, and sent it—to Adventure, I believe. Three years later I managed to break into Weird Tales. Three years of writing without selling a blasted line.“

—  Robert E. Howard American author 1906 - 1936
Letters, I never have been able to sell to Adventure; guess my first attempt cooked me with them for ever! From a letter to H. P. Lovecraft (c. July 1933)

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„I felt the ruthfulness and senselessness of war so acutlely that I wrote the first three stanzas of which, are in effect a prayer.“

—  Richard Eberhart American poet 1904 - 2005
"The Fury of Aerial Bombardment", The Poetry of War 1939-45 ed. Ian Hamilton, London 1965

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„I wrote because I wanted to know what everything was about.“

—  Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007
Penguins and Golden Calves (2003), Context: I wrote because I wanted to know what everything was about. My father, before I was born, had been gassed in the first World War, and I wanted to know why there were wars, why people hurt each other, why we couldn't get along together, and what made people tick. That's why I started to write stories.

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„I did not write it. God wrote it. I merely did his dictation.“

—  Harriet Beecher Stowe, book Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), Introduction to an 1879 edition.

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„Do you know what I was smiling at? You wrote down that you were a writer by profession.“

—  Jerome David Salinger American writer 1919 - 2010
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (1963), Seymour: An Introduction (1959), It sounded to me like the loveliest euphemism I had ever heard. When was writing ever your profession? It's never been anything but your religion.

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„You know I don't really understand much of my poetry myself. Of course, I was convinced I understood it when I wrote it!“

—  Marianne Moore American poet and writer 1887 - 1972
Quoted by Malvina Hoffman in her Memoir - Yesterday is Tomorrow 1961

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„Abraham Lincoln is my name
And with my pen I wrote the same
I wrote in both hast and speed
and left it here for fools to read“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
1820s, Manuscript poem, as a teenager (ca. 1824–1826), in "Lincoln as Poet" at Library of Congress : Presidents as Poets http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/prespoetry/al.html, as published in The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953) edited by Roy. P. Basler, Vol. 1

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