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Milne: Famous writers from A to Z on writing

Writers will write, whether it makes them wealthy and well-known or not. The inclination is ingrained.

British author A.A. Milne (1882-1956) stated this with bluntness and clarity. Milne is best remembered for his beloved series of children’s books, titled The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh. Titles included  Now We Are Six, The House at Pooh Corner,  When We Were Very Young, and Winnie-the-Pooh. Here’s what Milne said about authorship.

“Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.”

How true those words are – and even more today, with the explosion of self-publishing. By-lines don’t guarantee hefty bank statements or readership. Content counts.

Take a look at this additional writing-related quote from A.A. Milne:

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”

OK, maybe that statement wasn’t just about writing. But the explanation seems to fit in a host of ways, from manuscript planning and outlining to office efficiency to running a freelancing business. Whether one lives in the big city or the 100-Acre Woods, a smidgen of organization can be a big deal.

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  1. I love Milne's quote. Organizing is a major part of writing. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I have never read his books but thanks to you for letting us know about him through this blog post ;)

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