Fifty things I’ve learned about the literary life | Books | The Observer

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Fifty things I’ve learned about the literary life | Books | The Observer:

“From time to time, this column is asked for advice, sometimes obsessively, about decoding the many mysteries of “the world of books”. There’s a widespread view, held by those looking from the outside, that there must be a philosopher’s stone for success in literature, a magic formula that will turn everything to gold. The truth is much closer to Thomas Edison’s definition of creativity: “1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.”

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