I write everything with fountain pens...

I write everything with fountain pens. I don't know why. I've done it since I was bar mitzvahed. I was given a fountain pen, a Parker fountain pen, and I loved it, and I've never liked writing anything with pencils or ball-points.

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I am truly at my happiest not when I am writing an aria for an actor or making a grand political or social point. I am at my happiest when I've figured out a fun way for somebody to slip on a banana peel.
Actor
Am
Banana
Figured
Fun
Grand
Happiest
I Am
Making
Out
Peel
Point
Political
Slip
The rules are all in a sixty-four-page pamphlet by Aristotle called 'Poetics.' It was written almost three thousand years ago, but I promise you, if something is wrong with what you're writing, you've probably broken one of Aristotle's rules.
Almost
Aristotle
Broken
Pamphlet
Promise
Rules
Something
Thousand
Thousand Years
Three
Writing
Written
Wrong
Years
I can't complain that I've had a public all through my writing life, but people don't quite know what I've written. People don't read you too closely. Perhaps, after I've died, they'll look at my stuff, and read it through, and find there's more in it. That may be wrong, but that's what I comfort myself with.
After
Closely
Comfort
Complain
Died
Find
Had
Know
Life
Look
May
More
Myself
People
Everything can be going well, but if I'm not writing, I'm not happy. When I'm writing well, I'm like a different person.
Different
Different Person
Everything
Going
Happy
Like
Person
Well
Writing
I'm more comfortable writing traditional protagonists. But 'Steve Jobs' and 'The Social Network' have antiheroes. I like to write antiheroes as if they're making their case to God about why they should be allowed into heaven. I have to find something in that character that is like me and write to that.
About
Allowed
Case
Character
Comfortable
Find
God
Heaven
Jobs
Like
Making
Me
More
Network
Well, I must tell you I write the scripts very close to the bone. So I'm writing episode seven now and couldn't tell you what happens in episode eight.
Bone
Close
Eight
Episode
Happens
I Write
Must
Now
Scripts
Seven
Tell
Very
Well
Write
I like writing idealistically, romantically and swashbucklingly.
Like
Writing
I've never written anything that I haven't wanted to write again. I want to, and still am, writing 'A Few Good Men' again. I didn't know what I was doing then, and I'm still trying to get it right. I would write 'The Social Network' again if they would let me, I'd write 'Moneyball' again. I would write 'The West Wing' again.
Again
Am
Anything
Doing
Few
Get
Good
Good Men
Know
Me
Men
Network
Never
Right
If I am writing a movie and I am stuck, I can call the studio and tell them it's delayed. You can't do that with television - you have air dates to meet.
Air
Am
Call
Dates
Delayed
I Am
I Can
Meet
Movie
Stuck
Studio
Television
Tell
Them
Sometimes, particularly in summers in New York, I have tried to write in shorts or with no shirt on and found myself unable to do so, the reason being, I take it, that writing, even of the most impersonal sort, is for me a divestment, a striptease, even, so that if I start off undressed, I have nowhere to go.
Being
Even
Found
Go
Impersonal
Me
Most
Myself
New
New York
Nowhere
Off
Particularly
Reason
I'm very physical. When I'm writing, I'm playing all the parts; I'm saying the lines out loud, and if I get excited about something - which doesn't happen very often when I'm writing, but it's the greatest feeling when it does - I'll be out of the chair and walking around, and if I'm at home, I'll find myself two blocks from my house.
About
Around
Blocks
Chair
Does
Excited
Feeling
Find
Get
Greatest
Greatest Feeling
Happen
Home
House
When I wrote 'The West Wing,' the juice behind it was that in popular culture, our leaders in government are generally portrayed as Machiavellian, or as idiots. I thought, well, how about writing about a group of hyper-competent people?
About
Behind
Culture
Generally
Government
Group
How
Idiots
Juice
Leaders
Our
People
Popular
Popular Culture
I grew up in the theatre. It's where I got my start. Writing a television drama with theatrical dialogue about the theatre is beyond perfection.
About
Beyond
Dialogue
Drama
Got
Grew
Perfection
Start
Television
Theatre
Theatrical
Up
Where
Writing
Writing requires the concentration of the writer, demands that nothing else be done except that.
Concentration
Demands
Done
Else
Except
Nothing
Requires
Writer
Writing
You have an absolute freedom in Mexican writing today in which you don't necessarily have to deal with the Mexican identity. You know why? Because we have an identity... We know who we are. We know what it means to be a Mexican.
Absolute
Absolute Freedom
Because
Deal
Freedom
Identity
Know
Means
Mexican
Necessarily
Today
Which
Who
Why
I am a morning writer; I am writing at eight-thirty in longhand and I keep at it until twelve-thirty, when I go for a swim. Then I come back, have lunch, and read in the afternoon until I take my walk for the next day's writing.
Afternoon
Am
Back
Come
Day
Go
I Am
Keep
Longhand
Lunch
Morning
Next
Read
Swim
Diplomacy in a sense is the opposite of writing. You have to disperse yourself so much: the lady who comes in crying because she's had a fight with the secretary; exports and imports; students in trouble; thumbtacks for the embassy.
Because
Crying
Diplomacy
Embassy
Exports
Fight
Had
Imports
Lady
Much
Opposite
Secretary
Sense
She
I love writing but hate starting. The page is awfully white, and it says, 'You may have fooled some of the people some of the time, but those days are over, giftless. I'm not your agent, and I'm not your mommy; I'm a white piece of paper. You wanna dance with me?' and I really, really don't. I'll go peaceable-like.
Agent
Dance
Days
Fooled
Go
Hate
I Love
Love
May
Me
Mommy
Over
Page
Paper
Writing never comes easy. The difference between Page 2 and Page Nothing is the difference between life and death.
Between
Death
Difference
Easy
Life
Life And Death
Never
Nothing
Page
Writing
When I create a TV show, it's so that I can write it. I'm not an empire builder; my writing staff is usually a combination of two kinds of people - experts in the world the show is set in, and young writers who will not be unhappy if they're not writing scripts.
Builder
Combination
Create
Empire
Experts
I Can
Kinds
People
Scripts
Set
Show
Staff
TV
TV Show
I've got plenty of quirks. I go to an office early in the morning. Early in the morning is really good writing time. I take anywhere between six to eight showers a day. I'm not exaggerating. I'm not a germaphobe: it's all about a fresh start.
About
Anywhere
Between
Day
Early
Eight
Fresh
Fresh Start
Go
Good
Good Writing
Got
Morning
Office
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
Conference
Exact
Full
Maketh
Man
Reading
Ready
Writing
All these tales of people sitting down and composing symphonies just as though they were writing a letter are very much exaggerated; at least, it isn't that way in my work.
Composing
Down
Exaggerated
Just
Least
Letter
Much
People
Sitting
Symphonies
Tales
Though
Very
Way
Writing music is not so much inspiration as hard work.
Hard
Hard Work
Inspiration
Much
Music
Work
Writing
What is the use of writing plays, what is the use of writing anything, if there is not a will which finally moulds chaos itself into a race of gods.
Anything
Chaos
Finally
Gods
Itself
Plays
Race
Use
Which
Will
Writing
All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
Breath
Good
Good Writing
Holding
Swimming
Water
Writing
Your
One of the things that always comes up in my writing is the search for freedom, especially in women. I always write about women who are marginalized, who have no means or resources and somehow manage to get out of those situations with incredible strength - and that is more important than anything.
About
Always
Anything
Freedom
Get
Important
Incredible
Manage
Marginalized
Means
More
One Of The Things
Out
Resources
I don't believe in writing anything that I don't know about or haven't researched about personally. I like to transport the reader to places, and in order to do that I have to do the research.
About
Anything
Believe
Know
Like
Order
Personally
Places
Reader
Research
Transport
Writing
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.
Around
Book
Commercial
Day
Detective
Exorcist
Fiction
Graduate
Graduate School
Liked
Lot
More
Never
Novels
There is a lot to be said for collaboration, and it should be seen as just another way to do things as it is in other forms of writing, such as for television, where it is standard practice.
Another
Another Way
Collaboration
Forms
Just
Lot
Other
Practice
Said
Seen
Should
Standard
Television
Things
I have written 20 books, and each one is like having a baby. Writing is not easy; some people want to write books but just can't put a story together. I can put together a story that interests both me and my readers.
Baby
Books
Both
Each
Each One
Easy
Having
Having A Baby
I Can
Interests
Just
Like
Me
People
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
If I'm writing and a chapter isn't coming, I just move ahead.
Ahead
Chapter
Coming
Just
Move
Writing
I'm often asked how I write books, but I don't think my approach is suitable for everyone. If I walked into a creative writing class, all I could say to them was 'I tend to make it up as I go along.' I'm not sure that's brilliant advice.
Advice
Along
Approach
Asked
Books
Brilliant
Class
Could
Creative
Creative Writing
Everyone
Go
How
I Write
I don't have many friends. It's not because I'm a misanthrope. It's because I'm reserved. I'm self-contained. I get all my adventures in my head when I'm writing my books.
Adventures
Because
Books
Friends
Get
Head
Many
Reserved
Writing
Writing is my job. I don't think of it as art.
Art
Job
Think
Writing
I made myself famous by writing 'songs' and lyrics about the beauty of the things I did and ugliness, too.
About
Beauty
Did
Famous
Lyrics
Made
Myself
Songs
Things
Too
Ugliness
Writing
Writing is a calling, not a choice.
Calling
Choice
Writing
Why does any novelist keep writing long after they've made money? Because they've failed to write the perfect novel.
After
Any
Because
Does
Failed
Keep
Long
Made
Money
Novel
Novelist
Perfect
Why
Write
Everything I write has to be connected to my life. One of the things that always comes up in my writing is the search for freedom, especially in women.
Always
Connected
Everything
Freedom
I Write
Life
My Life
One Of The Things
Search
Things
Up
Women
Write
Writing
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.
All Writers
Another
Dream
Freedom
Just
Know
Normal
One-Way
Serious
Service
Understand
Way
Will
Work
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
My life revolves around my writing, my wife and my son.
Around
Life
My Life
Revolves
Son
Wife
Writing
Kids are smart: don't underestimate their bull detector. Contemporary kids have access to a lot of information, so don't even try to fool them. I have never been more nervous about my research than when writing for young adults because they pick up every single error.
About
Access
Adult
Because
Been
Bull
Contemporary
Detector
Error
Even
Every
Fool
Information
Kids
My writing comes not from the happy moments, but from struggle and grief.
Grief
Happy
Moments
Struggle
Writing
I have a foot here and a foot in some spirit world. There are many more layers to reality, and that permeates my life and my writing in a very natural way. I don't even think about it.
About
Even
Foot
Here
Layers
Life
Many
More
My Life
Natural
Natural Way
Reality
Some
Spirit
I write until the first draft is finished, and then I feel that I can get out. But, during the time of the writing of the first draft, I don't go out. I'm just locked away, writing. It's a time of meditation, of going into the story.
Away
Draft
Feel
Finished
First
Get
Go
Going
I Can
I Feel
I Write
Just
Locked
Meditation
I work only in the morning from 10 to noon. I still write by hand. I interrupt my writing when I feel that I've discovered something beautiful or, on the contrary, when I feel discontent.
Beautiful
Contrary
Discontent
Discovered
Feel
Hand
I Feel
Interrupt
Morning
Noon
On The Contrary
Only
Something
Still
A lot of times you get people writing wonderful sentences and paragraphs, and they fall in love with their prose style, but the stories really aren't that terrific.
Fall
Get
Lot
Love
Paragraphs
People
Prose
Really
Sentences
Stories
Style
Terrific
Times
Wonderful