"Writer’s block is only a failure of the ego."
— Norman Mailer (via dependingonperspective)

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"The best writing comes obviously out of a precision we do not and dare not employ when we speak, yet such writing still has the ring of speech. It is a style in short that can take you a life to achieve."
— Norman Mailer, from Fiction Writer’s Handbook by Hallie and Whit Burnett

"If there is one reason above others for taking a writing course, it is to go through the agonizing but indispensable recognition that one’s own short story, so clear, so beautiful, so powerful, and so true, so definite in its meaning or so well balanced in its ambiguity, has become a hundred different things for other writers in your class. Even the teacher does not get your buried symbols, or worse, does not like them. Being a young writer in a writing course can bruise the psyche as much as being a novice in the Golden Gloves can hurt your head."
— Norman Mailer, from Fiction Writer’s Handbook by Hallie and Whit Burnett

"Over the years, I’ve found one rule. It is the only one I give on those occasions when I talk about writing. A simple rule. If you tell yourself you are going to be at your desk tomorrow, you are by that declaration asking your unconscious to prepare the material. You are, in effect, contracting to pick up such valuables at a given time. Count on me, you are saying to a few forces below: I will be there to write."
— Norman Mailer in The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing (via bostonpoetryslam)

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"I think it’s bad to talk about one’s present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension."
— Norman Mailer