An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself.
More Quotes from Irwin Shaw:Writing is like a contact sport, like football. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it.
No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it, even if he doesn't get paid.
Writers of fiction, when they begin, are more likely to try the short form.
My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever.
People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly.
Isaac Singer was born in Poland and doesn't write in English. Still, he's an American.
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