Irwin Shaw Quotes

45 Irwin Shaw quotes:

"A good editor understands what you're talking and writing about and doesn't meddle too much."
"I imagine that my characters have become much more complicated than when I first began, which would be normal."
"In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75."
"The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about, is almost always best left out."
"Writing is finally play, and there's no reason why you should get paid for playing."
"You must avoid giving hostages to fortune, like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house, and a style of living that never lets you aford the time to take the chance to write what you wish."
"I haven't stuck to any formula. Most great writers stick to the same style, but I wanted to be more various."
"If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship."
"Posterity makes the judgments. There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody."
"Writing is like a contact sport, like football. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it."
"I don't think that the writer is regarded as a freak by Americans."
"A writer has to live with a sense of honor."
"All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good reviews and remember one bad one."
"Curiously, the United States is full of writers who have one big work in their life and that's all."
"My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have to read all my books to find out how they have."
"My views naturally have mellowed. Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me."
"Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life."
"An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself."
"At the height of the McCarthy period, writers were being hounded."
"I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?"

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