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    A good editor understands what you're talking and writing about and doesn't meddle too much. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    A writer has to live with a sense of honor. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good reviews and remember one bad one. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    At the height of the McCarthy period, writers were being hounded. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    Every novelist has a different purpose - and often several purposes which might even be contradictory. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    I am forced to say that I have many fiercer critics than myself. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel? Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    I don't think that the writer is regarded as a freak by Americans. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    I haven't stuck to any formula. Most great writers stick to the same style, but I wanted to be more various. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    I imagine that my characters have become much more complicated than when I first began, which would be normal. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    I've gone on the wagon, but my body doesn't believe it. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    In America, we have the feeling of the doomed young artist. Fitzgerald was the great example of that. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have to read all my books to find out how they have. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    My views naturally have mellowed. Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it, even if he doesn't get paid. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly. Irwin-ShawIrwin Shaw
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    Posterity makes the judgments. There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody. Irwin-Shaw/">Irwin Shaw
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    Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for writers to start out in because the writing quickly falls into a routine and people are likely to find themselves artistically exhausted when they want to work on something of their own. Irwin-Shaw/">Irwin Shaw
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    The great writers just kept bringing them out. They didn't care if they repeated themselves. Irwin-Shaw/">Irwin Shaw
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    The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about, is almost always best left out. Irwin-Shaw/">Irwin Shaw
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    The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer must suffer for his talent. I think a writer is a citizen of humanity, part of his nation, part of his family. He may have to make some compromises. Irwin-Shaw/">Irwin Shaw
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    There are too many books I haven't read, too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I haven't kept long enough. Irwin-Shaw/">Irwin Shaw
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    Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life. Irwin-Shaw/">Irwin Shaw
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    Writing is like a contact sport, like football. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it. Irwin-Shaw/">Irwin Shaw