The Saturday Writing Quote — Trollope & Maugham

IMGP2114“I was once told that the surest aid to the writing of a book was a piece of cobbler’s wax on my chair. I certainly believe in the cobbler’s wax much more than inspiration.”

— Anthony Trollope, “Trollope on the Literary Life,” in Best Advice on How to Write 6, 24 (Gorham Munson ed., 1952). (via Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day)

And I’ve got to pair that with one of my favorite writing quotes ever, even if I’ve quoted it here before:

“I only write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine  o’clock every morning.”

— W.S. Maugham


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