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I can write better

29 June 2014

I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.

A. J. Liebling


3 Comments to “I can write better”

  1. This was my favorite quote about writing when I was in my 20s and 30s. Then I hit middle age and realized that the slower I wrote, the better I wrote. (Not that anyone ever compared me to Liebling, no matter how fast I worked!)

  2. I hate this idea that the faster you write, the worse you write.

    Finished The Crook and Flail in three weeks. It’s my highest-rated book and I receive the greatest number of emails from readers after they’ve finished it than after they’ve finished any other book.

    I wrote Baptism for the Dead in two years. I happen to think it’s my best book, but nobody else seems to.

  3. I can write faster with a keyboard than a pen. A pen can’t write with a keyboard at all.

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