Anton Chekhov on Writing (2)

This is the desk in the cottage where Anton Chekhov wrote The Seagull.

Click on the link below to get a better view of his desk.


Here are more of Chekhov’s tips on writing from the Nebraska Center for Writers:

My business is to be talented, that is, to be capable of selecting the important moments from the trivial ones. … It’s about time for writers — particularly those who are genuine artists — to recognize that in this world you cannot figure out everything. Just have a writer who the crowds trust be courageous enough and declare that he does not understand everything, and that lone will represent a major contribution to the way people think, a long leap forward.

I still lack a political, religious and philosophical world view — I change it every month — and so I’ll have to limit myself to descriptions of how my heroes love, marry, give birth, die, and how they speak. — To Dmitry Grigorovich, October 9, 1888

One has to write what one sees, what one feels, truthfully, sincerely. I am often asked what it was that I was wanting to say in this or that story. To these questions I never have any answer. There is nothing I want to say. My concern is to write, not to teach! And I can write about anything you like. … Tell me to write about this bottle, and I will give you a story entitled “The Bottle.” Living truthful images generate thought, but thought cannot create an image.

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2 thoughts on “Anton Chekhov on Writing (2)

  1. Carol, Thanks for sharing this, that’s my kind of desk and room to write in. 😉

    Wishing you a magical Christmas season and all the good things in 2014! 🙂


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