Advice from the Masters: Jack London

Apr 30, 2014 | Better Writing

Jack London wrote a lot of just about everything. There were novels and short stories and articles and memoirs and plays and poetry. If you want an illustration of “prolific,” just read the list of his works that are part of his Wikipedia entry. Then remember that he died when he was only 40.

The following advice was at least one reason why the man was such a writing machine.

“Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it.”

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