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Your Creative Writing Masterclass: Featuring Austen, Chekhov, Dickens, Hemingway, Nabokov, Vonnegut, and more than 100 contemporary and classic authors - Advice from the best on writing successful novels, screenplays and short stories by Jurgen Wolff

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1It starts with (someone else’s) words

Do you remember the first book that had an impact on you? Perhaps it was one that was read to you or the first one you were able to read yourself. Or was there a book later in your childhood that had an influence you didn’t discern at the time?

Many noted authors have said they were deeply moved by what they read as youngsters. In some cases it was one particular book that made them want to be writers and to which they still return for inspiration years later.

Even once a writer is established, a classic author may serve as their mentor. Martin Amis has said:

When I am stuck with a sentence that isn’t fully born, it isn’t there yet, I sometimes think, How would Dickens go at this sentence, how would Bellow ...

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