All items: Oscar Wilde

Nobody's looking at you and pointing and judging. You should work hard to be listened to, rather than looked at. Please stop staring at yourself.
Let's face it. Basically, you're on your own, and ultimately, boringly, it's discipline isn't it? Fiction and non-fiction, the same rules apply.

Ann Morgan retells the grand old myth about becoming a published author, then takes her editorial red pen to all of its inaccuracies.

Nicholas Murray dissects his own reluctance to call himself a writer, after an early career in journalism and despite having subsequently published more than twenty books in a huge variety of genres.

Of course writing can bring fame, fortune, opprobrium, imprisonment, even death or the threat of death, and that would bloody well change you. But merely speaking can also do some of those things.
I read Macbeth first and happened to learn half of it by heart. This was Shakespeare's achievement not of my memory; after reading Shakespeare it's more difficult to forget him than to remember other poets.
A lifelong fascination with history has shaped John Pilkington’s career as a novelist — as well as offering insights into vanished eras, he argues, writing about the past can be a way of understanding the present.
Dismayed to find that most of the books on her shelves were originally written in English, Ann Morgan decided to spend a year reading works from around the world. In doing so she gained some fascinating insights into other cultures, which helped to enrich her own writing.
From an early age, Zoë Marriott got used to being regarded as someone easily distracted and hopelessly impractical — as ‘away with the fairies’, in fact. But was this tendency to get lost in other worlds merely an indication that she would one day become a writer?
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