"Writing" Sayings and Quotes
During the writing process, I tend not to listen to too much music. I obviously wear a lot of influences on my sleeve, but if I was listening to too many records, I would turn into too much of a monkey.
Writers don't write writing, they write reading. When I was a kid, I read four or five books a week. And that is how I became a writer.
The importance to the writer of first writing must be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.
One can become drab, dull, and boring doing the same thing every day. Writing helps break the monotony.
I got a job writing for a financial technology newsletter in Manhattan. I didn't even understand what I was writing about. The newsletter had, like, 2,000 subscribers, and it was $700 a year for a subscription.
Once I've written something it does tend to run away from me. I don't seem to have any part of it - it's no longer my piece of writing.
I approach writing stories as a recorder. I think of my role as some kind of reporting device - recording and projecting.
If I had been a good student and an achiever, I might have been excited by a more systematic approach to writing than what I do.
Arranging an official dinner in an embassy is a little like writing a script for a play. The prolog is the guest list, often the most difficult part of the whole creative operation.
When you're writing non-fiction, you go as far as you can go, and then ethically you have to stop. You can't go. You can't suppose. You can't imagine. And I think there's something in human nature that wants to finish the story.
My routine is to create activities for myself unrelated to writing that allow little time for writing. This means that when I do get the chance to write, it is like a stolen luxury, something clandestine and almost forbidden.
I have been threatened occasionally. But that happens to everybody who is writing this kind of things. Threats will come without fail. It might happen to the most 'innocent' texts. If it gets too much we call the police.
With almost every book I've written, my secret target audience is the young therapist. In this way, I am staying in my professorial role; I'm writing teaching stories and teaching novels.