21 June 2012

Writing From One's Own Mind

George Gissing to his friend Eduard Bertz on Dec. 6th 1896, The Collected Letters of George Gissing, Vol. 6 (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1995):
I believe that success comes and comes only of writing from one's own mind. Even the foolish books that succeed are strongly marked by the foolish personality of their authors. There is no such thing as getting a public by trying to do so.