Sunday Snippets: Trying Hard to Succeed, or Hardly Trying?

Easy as A, B, C . . . from BB

Jon Winokur spent years collecting quotes from writers about writing, show-casing them in W.O.W.: Writers on Writing. Here are some of his gems on “Success”:

Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure. ~ Joseph Heller

Yikes—how depressing!

In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishable from any other decent business man. ~ Sinclair Lewis

OK—that’s not so bad.

Literary success of any enduring kind is made by refusing to do what publishers want, by refusing to write what the public wants, by refusing to accept any popular standard, by refusing to write anything to order. ~ Lafcadio Hearn

And that’s what to do about it, if you feel yourself slipping!

 See you day-after-tomorrow for Tuesday’s Tutor!


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One response to “Sunday Snippets: Trying Hard to Succeed, or Hardly Trying?

  1. I like that last quote so much I just posted it on Facebook! Thanks!

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