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Monday, August 14, 2017

Slow Writers

One of the most difficult things is the first paragraph. I have spent months on a first paragraph, and once I get it, the rest comes out very easily.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez in For Writer's Only (1994) by Sophy Burnham

[If it takes a month to write the first paragraph, maybe this writer should be doing something else. Short of that, maybe she should start out with the second paragraph, then call it the first.] 

1 comment:

  1. It may just be an urban legend, but I did read someplace that Margaret Mitchell wrote the last chapter of "Gone with the Wind" first, before anything else.

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