All writers have the idea that they are famous.
Ninety-five percent of all writers who write do not get published, but 100 percent of all writers write because they have a voice in their head. The vast majority of writers simply write because they have to.
Like all writers, I draw from life as I know it; but it's a refracted kind of reality, and none of it is factually true.
All writers of the Chaldaean period associate monotheism in the closest way with unity of worship.
All writers have roots they draw from - travel, work, family. My roots are in science and it is fertile ground for fiction.
We're all in this together - when one writer succeeds, all writers succeed. I love discovering new authors. I think we need to take care of each other and talk about craft and nurture talent.
I must apologise because I know all writers have memories of being on the outer because it's the children on the side of the playground who become the dangerous writers.
All writers learn this, in time: don't show your work to other people until it's safely finished. Even discussing your unborn book in quite general terms can be such an undermining experience that, afterwards, you give it up and go to live in Guatemala.
I mean, first, almost all writers these days teach because they don't make enough money publishing to live on, to support themselves - people like Tobias Wolff, Anne Beattie, Amy Hempel, Stuart Dybek; a lot of short story writers, for one thing.
All writers are mimics, and I'm not interested in picking up somebody else's style or voice.
All writers steal. You might as well steal from the best.
All writers start out mimicking other writers. I've never relinquished that. I have a good ear for speech and writing patterns.
Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers.
I think that like all writers - and if any writer disagrees with this, then he is not a writer - I write primarily for myself.
All writers want to know that someone is reading their work, taking them seriously. It provides a kind of moral support.
All writers are liars. They twist events to suit themselves. They make use of their own tragedies to make a better story... They are terrible people.
Of course, all writers draw upon their personal experiences in describing day-to-day life and human relationships, but I tend to keep my own experiences largely separate from my stories.
All writers have a love-hate relationship with writing. Performing is fun, too, but I wouldn't say it's my favorite. But the most fulfilling is producing.
Rowling is a luminous storyteller. I love her sense of humor and the intricate wizarding world she built around Hogwarts. I think all writers aspire to be like her, to capture readers like she does. But I didn't think about 'Harry Potter' when I wrote 'The Bone Season.'
If you are a serious writer or just a normal one, in one way or another, you are writing in the service of freedom. All writers know, understand, or dream that their work will be in the service of freedom.