David Sedaris on abandoning hope for humor

Writers Speak
David Sedaris by Heike Huslage-Koch /Wikimedia Commons

“it helps to abandon hope. If I sit at my computer, determined to write a New Yorker story I won’t get beyond the first sentence. It’s better to put no pressure on it. What would happen if I followed the previous sentence with this one, I’ll think. If the eighth draft is torture, the first should be fun. At least if you’re writing humor.”


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