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Chekhov: Famous writers from A to Z on writing

Where do writers begin, when crafting good stories? And where do they end?

Russian playwright and fiction writer Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a moonlighting writer, one might say. He worked as a physician. However, his legacy may be found in his published works, which include The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, and many short stories.

Here’s some advice Anton Chekhov offered for writers editing their own work.

 “My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.”

An educated man, Chekhov said this about the application of learning.

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”

Touche, Chekhov. Based on his managing of two careers, it seems he knew whereof he spoke.

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