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When I started out in the early 1930s, there were a great many magazines that published short stories. Unfortunately, the short-story market has dwindled to almost nothing.
The writer works in a lonely way.
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.
The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about, is almost always best left out.
The great writers just kept bringing them out. They didn't care if they repeated themselves.
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.
Posterity makes the judgments. There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody.
People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly.
No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it, even if he doesn't get paid.
My views naturally have mellowed. Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me.
My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever.
My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have to read all my books to find out how they have.
Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got invited to the White House.
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