Sunday, 29 August 2010

Writing advice from William S. Burroughs

While hiking the East Highland Way this month I carried The Western Lands by William S. Burroughs in my backpack. Every good hike needs a good book! One passage struck me as good advice for writers, told in typical Burroughs style.

"Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the muse. It cannot be done. You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal."

Well put!

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