Compton Mackenzie

How to become an author Letters to a young writer, 1920 Markham House, Kings Road Chelsea, S.W. Aug. 1, ’20 Dear Mr. Jones, Forget that you intend to be a writer. Be quite sure in fact that you don’t intend to be a writer. Try every profession and occupation in turn with a profound belief…

George Bernard Shaw

How to become an author Letters to a young writer, 1920 13th April 1920 Lucan House Lucan Co. Dublin Dear Sir: I go to Welwyn, not to see people, but to avoid seeing them and get some work done. May I point out to you that the discrepancy of 48 years between our ages makes…

Lennox Robinson

How to become an author Letters to a young writer, 1920 Abbey Theatre Dublin Oct. 28th Dear Sir, Read the best English — the classical best English — and nothing but the best; live as fully as possible, mixing with all kinds of people; write constantly and burn most — or all — of what…

H. de Vere Stacpoole

How to become an author Letters to a young writer, 1920 Astle House Castle Hedingham Essex July 23rd ’20 Dear Mr. Jones, Many thanks for your letter. It is very difficult to give advice to a writer but I would suggest that you should read as much and as widely as possible — and write…

William Archer

How to become an author Letters to a young writer, 1920 27 Fitzroy Square, W.1. The name of my book mentioned by Sir Arthur Pinero is “Playmaking” (Chapman & Hall). Professor G. P. Baker of Harvard has written a book called (I think) “Dramatic Technique” (Houghton Mifflin, Boston). William Archer next: H. de Vere Stacpoole

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….

Arthur Quiller Couch

How to become an author Letters to a young writer, 1920 The Haven Fowey Cornwall Aug. 5th, 1920 Dear Sir, I am sorry: but (1) I am a heavily overworked man these days: and (2) in addition to ordinary work I get, almost daily, a mass of letters to answer which would take up all…