That's what attracts me to the kind of characters I try and write - that they're not cut and dried.
Well, the attractive thing about the subject of happiness is that it is notoriously difficult to write.
I came to Hollywood to write and found out I don't have the attention span.
I really don't have a lot in common with the people who attend the Comic Con. It's like assuming that all people who write prose are the same.
For after my marriage I had made various attempts to write fiction. They were clearly failures.
That bedrock faith that I could write was what blinded me to attempts to discourage me.
It took me years of attempts and failed drafts before I finally wrote the elegies I needed to write.
Much of my publishing life was consumed by the memoirs of movie stars - or by attempts to get them to write a memoir.
I think, when I write, one of the things that I'm really attempting to do is I'm attempting to humanize my characters.
'Deer Hunter' is a movie; it is not an attempt to write history.
When I write on 'SNL,' I've found I'm most productive while collaborating and joking with friends and not being firmly attached to any one idea.
I'm a novelist, so I can't write about ideas unless they're attached to people.
In 'Happier at Home,' I write a lot about my struggle to create an unhurried atmosphere at home.
I don't have to go into outer space to write about an astronaut.
There is this assumption that much of what I write is about my life, and that simply is not true.
I don't necessarily write everything as automatically assuming it will be collected, there's nothing that says Hitman will be collected, though it might be.
Novelists are too often assumed to write veiled autobiography.
I write with a mouse, because it has no psychological associations or memories or habits associated with it.