H.G. Wells

How to become an author

Letters to a young writer, 1920

Easton Glebe
Dunmow
May 21. 20

Dear Sir,

Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge. Practice unity but do not be in any hurry to publish and get all the science and history you can.

Very sincerely yours,
H.G. Wells

P.S. Get a university degree if you can with a special development of history, biology, and psychology. The unity can wait.

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