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For Writers Only

(1980)
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"I see but one rule: to be clear."
--Stendhal
If only it were as easy for most writers as it was for Stendhal. The truth about the act of writing is much more varied, even violent. In fact, there seem to be as many contradictory admonitions about how to go about doing it as there are writers themselves.
With that in mind, writer Sophy Burnham has collected the thoughts of some of the greatest writers and laced them with her own observations and experiences of the writer's life. With an emphasis on the emotions that writing wrings from those who practice it, Burnham writes about beginning a work prematurely, the ecstasy when the writing is really flowing, the crash that can follow the flight and how to pick yourself up and continue.
Here you will find the motto Zola kept in his workroom (No day without lines), where Agatha Christie plotted her books (in the bathtub eating apples), and what James Thurber's wife replied when a dinner guest observed a strange expression on her husband's face (Don't be concerned. He's only writing). Most of all, you will be reassured, enlightened, and inspired to learn that, in your own writing struggles, you are not alone.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 1994 : USA Hardback
Title: For Writers Only
Author(s): Sophy Burnham
ISBN: 0-345-37317-0 / 978-0-345-37317-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Paperback Editions

December 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: For Writers Only: Inspiring Thoughts on the Exquisite Pain and Heady Joy of the Writing Life from Its Great Practitioners
Author(s): Sophy Burnham
ISBN: 1-58542-912-0 / 978-1-58542-912-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
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May 1998 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: For Writers Only
Author(s): Sophy Burnham
ISBN: 0-517-30841-X / 978-0-517-30841-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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June 1996 : USA Paperback
Title: For Writers Only
Author(s): Sophy Burnham
ISBN: 0-345-40405-X / 978-0-345-40405-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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