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.”

DAVID SEDARIS

Photo by Heike Huslage-Koch/Wikimedia Commons

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