Writing about writing

Leigh Turner
Leigh Turner

Writing about writing: studying great writers and focusing on technique can both help you write better fiction.  We can learn from others.

Every writer wants to write better.

Writing about writing: resources

Some of my most popular blogs set out tips on how to do this.  That is why I have a “Writing about writing” category (see top left), including such gems as:

The last piece, with the Cosmic Kickers, is my most-read blog this year.

To find out more about these two, see The Russians: Vladivostok

Great authors

I mention this because this week’s blog consists of three literary quotations of very different styles.  One is by W Somerset Maugham, one of the great short-story writers, about his technique.

The second is a bit of comic prose from P G Wodehouse, one of the great comic writers.

The third is prose from Lawrence Durrell, a writer admired in the 1960s for his prose, but perhaps less read today.

Read, enjoy, and – if you are a writer – learn.

Three great quotations

I wanted to write stories that proceeded, tightly knit, in an unbroken line from the exposition to the conclusion.

W Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up

‘Must have been a shock for the poor old chap, I mean, barging in and finding you here.’
‘Bertie?’
‘Hallo?’
‘Ever been hit over the head with a chair?’
‘No.’
‘Well, you soon may be.’
I began to see that she was in a difficult mood.

P G Wodehouse, Thank You, Jeeves

With Clea also the new relationship offered no problems, perhaps because deliberately we avoided defining it too sharply, and allowed it to follow the curves of its own nature, to fulfil its own design.

Lawrence Durrell, The Alexandria Quartet

For an earlier “3 quotations”, see here.

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