Sure, I have advice for people starting to write. Don't. I don't need the competition.
Writer's block? I've never heard of a plumber complain about plumber's block.
If you want to write, write it. That's the first rule. And send it in, and send it in to someone who can publish it or get it published. Don't send it to me. Don't show it to your spouse, or your significant other, or your parents, or somebody. They're not going to publish it.
I needed to find my way to write. I need about six hours of uninterrupted time in order to produce about two hours of writing, and when I accepted that and found the way to do it, then I was able to write.
There's something about being able to literally consume a work of art - then to divide all that pleasure of it - because it's a memory. A great wine for me is a memory, it's an extraordinary experience.
It's tempting to say the Ph.D. didn't have an effect, but it's not so. I think whatever resonance I may be able to achieve is in part simply from the amount of reading and learning that I acquired along the way
Coincidence exists, but believing in it never did me any good.
I write five pages a day. If you would read five pages a day, we'd stay right even.
I really don't know what I am going to do in terms of what a book is going to be about until I actually start writing it!
The key to growing up well, is being tough enough.
For David Parker and Daniel Parker, with the respect and admiration of their father, who grew up with them.
I think at this stage in my life I have learned that there are any number of things that men will never know, and can never hope to know, about women.
I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show once. It was a really slow news day for Oprah, and there were several of us on 'cause none of us was sufficiently interesting by his or herself.
This is not a screenplay. I don't do twenty drafts. I'm not going to show this to you until it's published or accepted for publication. You can make whatever suggestions you want, but I probably will ignore them entirely.
There can never be any substitute for your own palate nor any better education than tasting the wine yourself.
Yeah. Floyd is his batman." His what?" Batman, like in the British army, each officer had a batman, a personal servant." You spend too much time reading, Spenser. You know more stuff that don't make you money than anybody I know.
If you are going to live life on your own terms, there need to be terms, and somehow you need to live up to them.
You do the best you can and you deal with the consequences. It's all there is.
I had achieved the most important things in my life when I married Joan and had the sons. Given the choice between Joan and the boys, and being a writer, I world give up being a writer without a blink.
I got thrown out of school several weeks in my senior year being caught in the girls' dorm. This was 1954, friends. The girls' dorm was off limits. Even to girls, I think.
We split a bottle of Norman cider. Not everybody sells Norman cider by the bottle. "Has a European feel" Susan said. "That sounds terrific" I said. "Can I have one?" Susan grinned at me. "How did you ever get to be so big without growing up?" she said. "Iron self-control" I said.
Has anyone ever told you," I said, "that you coalesce reality?" "No. They only say that I'm good in the sack." "They are accurate but limited," I said. "And if you give me their names I'll kill them.
Teaching is too strong a word for whatever it was I did at Northeastern University
Very few of my books are about who stole the Maltese Falcon
College had little effect on me. I'd have been the same writer if I'd gone to MIT, except I'd have flunked out sooner.
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