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I am often asked what it takes to write a book. Can anyone write a book? What special qualifications do you need to write?

It’s a good thing to have talent. It’s great if you have an English degree. However, after teaching people how to write for more than 10 years, meeting and interviewing many authors, and writing weekly posts on writing, I think the people who succeed in finishing a book have a number of things in common.

The five qualities published authors share

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Happy Birthday, Ali Smith, born 24 August 1962
10 Quotes
Great books are adaptable. They alter with us as we alter in life, they renew themselves as we change and re-read them at different times in our lives.
Books mean all possibilities. They mean moving out of yourself, losing yourself, dying of thirst and living to your full. They mean everything.
Short stories consume you faster. They’re connected to brevity. With the short story, you are up against mortality. I know how tough they are as a form, but they’re also a total joy.
A good argument, like a good dialogue, is always a proof of life, but I’d much rather go and read a book.
Words are like untying a corset - you can move into this great space with them.
All we need to do, reader or writer, from first line to final page, is be as open as a book, and be alive to the life in language - on all its levels.
Nothing is harmful to literature except censorship.
To be known so well by someone is an unimaginable gift. But to be imagined so well by someone is even better.
There is a kind of poetry, bad and good, in everything, everywhere we look.
And they all lived happily ever after, until they died.
Smith is a Scottish writer. She is best known for her three major collections of short stories Free Love and Other Stories, Other Stories and Other Stories and The First Person
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Happy Birthday, Ali Smith, born 24 August 1962

10 Quotes

  1. Great books are adaptable. They alter with us as we alter in life, they renew themselves as we change and re-read them at different times in our lives.
  2. Books mean all possibilities. They mean moving out of yourself, losing yourself, dying of thirst and living to your full. They mean everything.
  3. Short stories consume you faster. They’re connected to brevity. With the short story, you are up against mortality. I know how tough they are as a form, but they’re also a total joy.
  4. A good argument, like a good dialogue, is always a proof of life, but I’d much rather go and read a book.
  5. Words are like untying a corset - you can move into this great space with them.
  6. All we need to do, reader or writer, from first line to final page, is be as open as a book, and be alive to the life in language - on all its levels.
  7. Nothing is harmful to literature except censorship.
  8. To be known so well by someone is an unimaginable gift. But to be imagined so well by someone is even better.
  9. There is a kind of poetry, bad and good, in everything, everywhere we look.
  10. And they all lived happily ever after, until they died.

Smith is a Scottish writer. She is best known for her three major collections of short stories Free Love and Other Stories, Other Stories and Other Stories and The First Person

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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Happy Birthday, Thom Gunn, born 29 August 1929, died 25 April 2004
Five Quotes
As humans we look at things and think about what we’ve looked at. We treasure it in a kind of private art gallery.
A literary influence is never just a literary influence. It’s also an influence in the way you see everything - in the way you feel your life.
I admired what my students were writing, but I think their improvement doesn’t directly result from me but from being in a class, being with each other.
We control the content of our dreams.
Deep feeling doesn’t make for good poetry. A way with language would be a bit of help.
Gunn was an Anglo-American poet who is well-known for The Man With Night Sweats. He won numerous literary awards including the Levinson Prize, a Rockefeller Award, and the W. H. Smith Award. He was awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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Happy Birthday, Thom Gunn, born 29 August 1929, died 25 April 2004

Five Quotes

  1. As humans we look at things and think about what we’ve looked at. We treasure it in a kind of private art gallery.
  2. A literary influence is never just a literary influence. It’s also an influence in the way you see everything - in the way you feel your life.
  3. I admired what my students were writing, but I think their improvement doesn’t directly result from me but from being in a class, being with each other.
  4. We control the content of our dreams.
  5. Deep feeling doesn’t make for good poetry. A way with language would be a bit of help.

Gunn was an Anglo-American poet who is well-known for The Man With Night Sweats. He won numerous literary awards including the Levinson Prize, a Rockefeller Award, and the W. H. Smith Award. He was awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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[There is] evidence that environments, schedules, and rituals restructure the writing process and amplify performance… The principles of memory retrieval suggest that certain practices should amplify performance. These practices encourage a state of flow rather than one of anxiety or boredom. Like strategies, these other aspects of a writer’s method may alleviate the difficulty of attentional overload. The room, time of day, or ritual selected for working may enable or even induce intense concentration or a favorable motivational or emotional state. Moreover, in accordance with encoding specificity, each of these aspects of method may trigger retrieval of ideas, facts, plans, and other relevant knowledge associated with the place, time, or frame of mind selected by the writer for work.

The psychology of writing and the cognitive science of the perfect daily routine – a comprehensive look at the research on how work schedules, behavioral rituals, and writing environments affect the amount of time invested in trying to write and the degree to which that time is spent in a state of boredom, anxiety, or creative flow.
(Illustration by Wendy MacNaughton)

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[There is] evidence that environments, schedules, and rituals restructure the writing process and amplify performance… The principles of memory retrieval suggest that certain practices should amplify performance. These practices encourage a state of flow rather than one of anxiety or boredom. Like strategies, these other aspects of a writer’s method may alleviate the difficulty of attentional overload. The room, time of day, or ritual selected for working may enable or even induce intense concentration or a favorable motivational or emotional state. Moreover, in accordance with encoding specificity, each of these aspects of method may trigger retrieval of ideas, facts, plans, and other relevant knowledge associated with the place, time, or frame of mind selected by the writer for work.

The psychology of writing and the cognitive science of the perfect daily routine – a comprehensive look at the research on how work schedules, behavioral rituals, and writing environments affect the amount of time invested in trying to write and the degree to which that time is spent in a state of boredomanxiety, or creative flow.

(Illustration by Wendy MacNaughton)