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Art: Content and Skill

I applaud your ambition to write fiction with good content. Certainly art for the people must have good content, but of course it must also be art—that is, skill must be involved. This means some hard work before one can write a good novel or even a good short story. It takes both the content and the artistic skill to turn out* something good.

Harvey Jackins
From a letter written in 1976

* “Turn out” means produce.

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