Collaboration on a book is the..

Collaboration on a book is the ultimate unnatural act.

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Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.
Assumed
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Classic
Definition
Everyone
Often
Read
Thinks
I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
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Before
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Books
Experience
Factual
Good
Good Book
He
Knew
Them
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
Book
Company
Counselor
Counselors
Garden
Multitude
Party
Way
I must write the book out in my head now, before I sit down.
Before
Book
Down
Head
Must
Now
Out
Sit
Write
I don't get far enough into a boring book to hate it.
Book
Boring
Enough
Far
Get
Hate
A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
Ax
Book
Frozen
Sea
Serve
Should
Us
Within
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
Ax
Book
Frozen
Must
Sea
Us
Within
I never read detective novels. I started out in graduate school writing a more serious book. Right around that time I read 'The Day of the Jackal' and 'The Exorcist'. I hadn't read a lot of commercial fiction, and I liked them.
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Book
Commercial
Day
Detective
Exorcist
Fiction
Graduate
Graduate School
Liked
Lot
More
Never
Novels
I did know that the book would end with a mind-boggling trial, but I didn't know exactly how it would turn out. I like a little suspense when I am writing, too.
Am
Book
Did
End
Exactly
How
I Am
Know
Like
Little
Mind-Boggling
Out
Suspense
Too
In the books I have written, I have created in my mind a universe. My kids say I have a village in my head and I live in that village, and it's true. When I start writing a book, characters from previous books reappear. All my emotions, my mind, my heart, my dreams, everything becomes connected with a new book, and nothing else really matters.
Becomes
Book
Books
Characters
Connected
Created
Dreams
Else
Emotions
Everything
Head
Heart
Kids
Live
I used to think that: whenever I heard that someone had taken 10 years to write a novel, I'd think it must be a big, serious book. Now I think, 'No - it took you one year to write, and nine years to sit around eating Kit Kats.'
Around
Big
Book
Eating
Had
Heard
I Think
Kit
Must
Nine
Novel
Now
Serious
Sit
I think that any writer who is commercial, who sells a lot of books, has to face criticism. Because the more hermetic and the more difficult your book is, supposedly it's better.
Any
Because
Better
Book
Books
Commercial
Criticism
Difficult
Face
I Think
Lot
More
Sells
Supposedly
If the White House could do more to tell parents that getting children reading is their business too, we'd see a big difference. Hollywood and the NBA or NFL could step in, too. In England they have an event called Book Day, where every child receives a pound to use at any bookstore.
Any
Big
Big Difference
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Bookstore
Business
Child
Children
Could
Day
Difference
England
Event
Every
I write synopses after the book is completed. I can't write it beforehand, because I don't know what the book's about. I invent something for my publisher because he asks for one, but the final book ends up very differently.
About
After
Ask
Because
Beforehand
Book
Completed
Differently
Ends
Final
He
I Write
Invent
Know
I was just on the edge of getting married, and I was frenzied at the prospect of this great step in my life after having been a bachelor for so long. And I really wanted to take my mind off of the agony, and so I decided to sit down and write a book.
After
Agony
Bachelor
Been
Book
Decided
Down
Edge
Getting
Getting Married
Great
Having
Just
Life
I write for no other purpose than to add to the beauty that now belongs to me. I write a book for no other reason than to add three or four hundred acres to my magnificent estate.
Acres
Add
Beauty
Belongs
Book
Estate
Four
Hundred
I Write
Magnificent
Me
Now
Other
Purpose
In 2011, I announced that I was going to retire, and my agent panicked. So she says: 'No, no, no. You have to write a book with your husband.' My husband is a writer of crime novels. His name is William Gordon. And so I had to accommodate to his style because that's what he writes. So we decided we'd give it a try. Well, we almost divorced.
Accommodate
Agent
Almost
Announced
Because
Book
Crime
Decided
Divorced
Give
Going
Gordon
Had
He
Writing about 2,000 words in three hours every morning, 'Casino Royale' dutifully produced itself. I wrote nothing and made no corrections until the book was finished. If I had looked back at what I had written the day before I might have despaired.
About
Back
Before
Book
Casino
Corrections
Day
Every
Finished
Had
Hours
Itself
Looked
Made
I first came across the script for 'Macbeth' between the ages of 11 and 12; it was the first book that shook my life. Because I did not yet understand that I could simply purchase it in a bookstore, I copied much of it by hand and took it home. My childhood imagination pushed me to feel like a co-author of the play.
Across
Ages
Because
Between
Book
Bookstore
Came
Childhood
Copied
Could
Did
Feel
First
Hand
What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us.
Book
Criticized
Old
Security
Sense
Time
Us
Which
I have a number of writers I work with regularly. I write an outline for a book. The outlines are very specific about what each scene is supposed to accomplish.
About
Accomplish
Book
Each
I Write
Number
Outline
Outlines
Regularly
Scene
Specific
Supposed
Very
Work
The vampire underworld is much larger than most people could imagine. It exists in all the cities mentioned in the book, but also in many, many more. Teenagers, especially, seem to like to act out vampire fantasies.
Act
Also
Book
Cities
Could
Exists
Fantasies
Imagine
Larger
Like
Many
Mentioned
More
Most
I was never confident about finishing a book, but friends encouraged me. When I finished my first book, it was accepted by a publisher right away and became an instant bestseller. One male critic called it the most shocking book he ever read.
About
Accepted
Away
Became
Bestseller
Book
Confident
Critic
Encouraged
Ever
Finished
Finishing
First
Friends
It is not a very difficult task to make what is commonly called an amusing book of travels. Any one who will tell, with a reasonable degree of graphic effect, what he has seen, will not fail to carry the reader with him; for the interest we all feel in personal adventure is, of itself, success.
Adventure
Amusing
Any
Book
Carry
Commonly
Degree
Difficult
Difficult Task
Effect
Fail
Feel
Graphic
He
I confess that I am a messy, disorganized and impatient reader: if the book doesn't grab me in the first 40 pages, I abandon it. I have piles of half-read books waiting for me to get acute hepatitis or some other serious condition that would force me to rest so that I could read more.
Abandon
Acute
Am
Book
Books
Condition
Confess
Could
Disorganized
First
Force
Get
Grab
I Am
I have considered rap music stars, and there is one in my new book, Lovers and Players, and there is also a hip-hop music mogul who I think you will like a lot.
Also
Book
Considered
Hip-Hop
I Think
Like
Lot
Lovers
Music
New
New Book
Players
Rap
Rap Music
Commercial books don't even get covered. The reason why so many book reviews go out of business is because they cover a lot of stuff that nobody cares about. Imagine if the movie pages covered none of the big movies and all they covered were movies that you couldn't even find in the theater?
About
Because
Big
Book
Books
Business
Cares
Commercial
Cover
Covered
Even
Find
Get
Go
I think I'm a born storyteller. Inspiration is all around me. I can read a newspaper article and come up with an idea for a book.
All-Around
Around
Article
Book
Born
Come
I Can
I Think
Idea
Inspiration
Me
Newspaper
Read
Storyteller
I get thousands of letters, and they give me a feeling of how each book is perceived. Often I think I have written about a certain theme, but by reading the letters or reviews, I realise that everybody sees the book differently.
About
Book
Certain
Differently
Each
Everybody
Feeling
Get
Give
Give Me
How
I Think
Letters
Me
No matter how many awards you've won or how many sales you've got, come the next book it's still a blank sheet of paper and you're still panicking like hell that you've got nothing new to say.
Awards
Blank
Book
Come
Got
Hell
How
Like
Many
Matter
New
Next
Nothing
Nothing New
If I can write it, I can cope. And I've been writing many books, but in every book, I try to explore something in my own soul that I need to solve, I need to understand.
Been
Book
Books
Cope
Every
Explore
I Can
Many
My Own
Need
Own
Solve
Something
Soul
I don't know if she should worry too much, I mean some of our greatest writers have had movies made of their books, lots of Hemingway novels were turned into movies, it doesn't hurt the book.
Book
Books
Greatest
Greatest Writers
Had
Hemingway
Hurt
Know
Lots
Made
Mean
Movies
Much
Novels
I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.
Always
Because
Believed
Believes
Book
Collaborator
Each
Gets
Half
He
Only
People
Royalties
Same
The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes.
Best
Best time
Book
Dishes
Doing
Plan
Time
While
You
My attitude is that if anybody of any age wants to read a book, let them, but I do think that no child would want to read 'Boneland.'
Age
Any
Anybody
Attitude
Book
Child
Read
Them
Think
Want
Wants
Would
I learnt that I must never finish a book with nothing else to do.
Book
Else
Finish
Learnt
Must
Never
Nothing
I knew Bobby Dylan back in the days when he lived in the village. He used to come and see me and sing songs for me, saying they ought to go into my next collected book on American folk music.
American
Back
Bobby
Book
Collected
Come
Days
Dylan
Folk
Folk music
Go
He
Knew
Lived
A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
Author
Bad
Book
Good
Labor
Much
Sincerely
Soul
Write
To me there's no difference between a book of stories and a novel - they're just slightly different shapes.
Between
Book
Difference
Different
Different shapes
Just
Me
No difference
Novel
Shapes
Slightly
Stories
The trouble with calling a book a novel, well, it's not like I'm writing the same book all the time, but there is a continuity of my interests, so when I start writing a book, if I call it 'a novel,' it separates it from other books.
Book
Books
Call
Calling
Continuity
Interests
Like
Novel
Other
Same
Separates
Start
Time
Trouble
You are always working on your worst book and your best book at the same time. The praise does not make you write better, and it shouldn't make you write worse, either.
Always
Best
Better
Book
Does
Either
Make
Praise
Same
Same time
Time
Working
Worse
Worst
I actually didn't listen to the Beatles song 'Nowhere Man' when I was writing my book of the same name. What I listened to a lot was 'Abbey Road.' Its disjointedness and its readiness to confuse only to delight were inspiring to me.
Abbey
Actually
Beatles
Book
Confuse
Delight
Inspiring
Listen
Listened
Lot
Man
Me
Name
Nowhere
Two years passed, and I had no second book to follow 'Roots.' Four years passed, six years. When a decade had passed without me having another book to follow 'Roots,' I was having serious private frustrations with myself.
Another
Book
Decade
Follow
Four
Frustrations
Had
Having
Me
Myself
Passed
Private
Roots
Second
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
Book
Read
Reads
Real
Us
When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.
Across
Becomes
Book
Come
Eyes
Me
Meaning
Now
Now and then
Only
Part
Passage
Perhaps
Phrase
What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably... have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.
About
Any
Become
Been
Book
Brothers
Cambridge
Did
Dreary
Every
French
French literature
Gone
Had
The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything.
Book
Drift
Everything
Nothing
Words
The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
Book
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Approach
Baby
Book
Cannibal
Genuine
Lovingly
Spices
We live in capitalism, and capitalism is defined by the production line, and the production line is defined by specificity. If you see yourself as an artist, which I do, then you can't be limited by that. You can't let somebody tell you, 'Well, you can only draw this kind of picture or write that kind of book.'
Artist
Book
Capitalism
Defined
Draw
Kind
Limited
Line
Live
Only
Picture
Production
See
Somebody