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Your first thought....

Honest criticism....

Writing is like....

Paul Whybrow

Full Member
1. Your first thought is never your best thought. It’s just your first.

2. Most of your ideas are banal. Dig deeper.

3. Go and find things out. Make a fetish of research. Most of the things worth hearing aren’t already sitting in your head.

4. Stop bothering people with your early drafts. Bother yourself with your early drafts.

5. Work every day. It’s not an amateur’s game.

Andrew O'Hagan


Honest criticism....

Writing is like....