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I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind. I try to root things out.
About
I Write
Mind
Out
Plays
Resolve
Root
Things
Try
Write
Hollywood studios bury that stuff - actors who punch directors in the face and try to run producers over with cars - insanity, criminal behavior. But the studios are invested in that star, they can't have that person's name dirtied up.
Actor
Behavior
Bury
Car
Criminal
Directors
Face
Hollywood
Insanity
Invested
Name
Over
Person
Producers
Heroes in drama are people who try hard to reach a virtuous ideal. And whether they succeed or fail really doesn't matter - it's the trying that counts.
Counts
Drama
Fail
Hard
Heroes
Ideal
Matter
People
Reach
Really
Succeed
Try
Trying
Virtuous
It's good-bye to public life in the way that you try to communicate with an audience playfully, like we're friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for.
Actually
Audience
Beyond
Communicate
Friends
Good-Bye
Life
Like
Paid
Public
Public Life
Try
Way
Work
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
Christmas
Heart
Honor
Keep
Try
Will
Year
Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil.
About
Condition
Death
Essential
Evil
Fuss
Imagination
Life
Try
Use
Visualize
Why
Without
World
If you think squash is a competitive activity, try flower arranging.
Activity
Arranging
Competitive
Flower
Squash
Think
Try
You
I don't try to communicate with my 'audience'. I don't bother with that any more. I used to try to have conversations with people, but it's futile.
Any
Audience
Bother
Communicate
Conversations
Futile
More
People
Try
Used
Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
Forever
Live
Succeed
Try
Will
You
You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.
Being
Being A Girl
Form
Genius
Girl
Imagine
Man
May
Never
Slavery
Suffer
Try
You
Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it.
Come
Happiness
May
Prepare
Self
Should
Try
Whether
Without
Don't try to guess what it is people want and give it to them. Don't ask for a show of hands. Try your best to write what you like, what you think your friends would like and what you think your father would like and then cross your fingers... The most valuable thing you have is your own voice.
Ask
Best
Cross
Father
Fingers
Friends
Give
Guess
Hands
Like
Most
Own
People
Show
I try to let go of the intellect and just tell the story. I only read the page I have in front of me on the screen. Then when the whole story is told, I print it, wait a week and read it.
Front
Go
Intellect
Just
Let Go
Me
Only
Page
Print
Read
Screen
Story
Tell
Then
I have visited Australia several times, and I always try to make a point of going to Melbourne because it's almost my favorite city there, Melbourne and Sydney. But I shouldn't say that because I haven't been everywhere-and I'm very fond of Perth too!
Almost
Always
Australia
Because
Been
City
Favorite
Fond
Going
Make
Melbourne
Point
Say
Several
The most difficult part of any crime novel is the plotting. It all begins simply enough, but soon you're dealing with a multitude of linked characters, strands, themes and red herrings - and you need to try to control these unruly elements and weave them into a pattern.
Any
Begins
Characters
Control
Crime
Dealing
Difficult
Elements
Enough
Linked
Most
Multitude
Need
Novel
I never try to give a message in my books. It's about living with characters long enough to hear their voices and let them tell me the story. Sometimes I would love to have a happy ending, and it doesn't happen because the character or the story leads me in another direction.
About
Another
Because
Books
Character
Characters
Direction
Ending
Enough
Give
Happen
Happy
Happy Ending
Hear
The fact people think that when you sell a lot of books you are not a serious writer is a great insult to the readership. I get a little angry when people try to say such a thing.
Angry
Books
Fact
Get
Great
Insult
Little
Lot
People
Readership
Say
Sell
Serious
Such A Thing
I'm big on having a blistering pace. That's one of the hallmarks of what I do, and that's not easy. I never blow up cars and things like that, so it's something else that keeps the suspense flowing. I try not to write a chapter that isn't going to turn on the movie projector in your head.
Big
Blow
Car
Chapter
Easy
Else
Flowing
Going
Having
Head
Keeps
Like
Movie
Never
I never try to convey a message, I just want to tell a story. Why that story in particular? I have no idea, but I have learned to surrender to the muse. I become obsessed with a theme or with certain stories; they haunt me for years, and finally, I write them.
Become
Certain
Convey
Finally
Haunt
I Have Learned
I Write
Idea
Just
Learned
Me
Message
Muse
Never
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
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
I try to write the kind of books I like to read.
Books
Kind
Like
Read
Try
Write
These years of the Ecole Normale were an ordeal. Nothing was handed to me on the first try.
First
Handed
Me
Nothing
Ordeal
Try
Were
Years
People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.
According
Also
Always
Animals
Been
Continuing
Done
Earliest
Eaten
Humans
Justification
Logic
Often
Other
When I write fiction, I never try to deliver a message; I just want to tell a story. But I admit that I want the story to be memorable and the characters to touch the reader's heart.
Admit
Characters
Deliver
Fiction
Heart
I Write
Just
Memorable
Message
Never
Reader
Story
Tell
Touch
It seemed to me that I could write commercial fiction. I wasn't sure whether I could, or whether I wanted to write serious fiction at that point. So I said, 'Let me try something else,' and I wrote a mystery - but I didn't know much about it.
About
Commercial
Could
Else
Fiction
Know
Me
Much
Mystery
Point
Said
Seemed
Serious
Something
I can't control life for my grandchildren, so how could I control a story? Sometimes I try to force something, and after working and working on that chapter, I realise that I am swimming against the current. I will never get there. So I have to let go of whatever previous idea I had about it and let the characters decide.
About
After
Against
Am
Chapter
Characters
Control
Could
Current
Decide
Force
Get
Go
Grandchildren
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 try to control my days.
Control
Days
Try
Microprocessors were instantly attractive to us because you could build something for a fraction of the cost of conventional electronics. That's essentially what we did with the Traf-O-Data computer - only it was too narrow and challenging an area to try to build a service business in.
Area
Attractive
Because
Build
Business
Challenging
Computer
Conventional
Cost
Could
Did
Electronics
Essentially
Fraction
Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.
Actions
Attitude
Crime
Habits
Methods
Mind
Revealed
Revealing
Soul
Tastes
Terribly
Try
Vary
Will
I've learned never to try and force words to come.
Come
Force
Learned
Never
Try
Words
There is only one way in which one can endure man's inhumanity to man and that is to try, in one's own life, to exemplify man's humanity to man.
Endure
Humanity
Inhumanity
Life
Man
One-way
Only
Only one way
Own
Try
Way
Which
It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder.'
Advice
Been
Bit
Concerned
Embarrassing
End
Find
Human
Kinder
Life
Little
More
Offer
Problem
When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers.
Cease
Generally
Philosophers
Politicians
Try
I've written a lot of really good books. Now we'll see if I can write any more good books. I mean there's a chance I won't, but I'm going to try.
Any
Books
Chance
Going
Good
I can
Lot
Mean
More
Now
Really
See
Try
Write
HBO and I have a deal to at least try to make a television series from the Leonid McGill stories. We're going to start with the first novel, 'The Long Fall.'
Deal
Fall
First
Going
Hbo
Least
Long
Make
Novel
Series
Start
Stories
Television
Television series
I have a vision of life, and I try to find equivalents for it in the form of photographs.
Find
Form
Life
Photographs
Try
Vision
Golf is the most useless outdoor game ever devised to waste the time and try the spirit of man.
Ever
Game
Golf
Man
Most
Outdoor
Spirit
Time
Try
Useless
Waste
I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us.
Around
Believe
Bound
Connection
Control
Deny
Drought
Every
Every time
External
External world
Fate
I think
Know
You can try to take sorrow and make it into something enduring, meaningful and beautiful. I always feel guilty that this is my job, that I get to do this.
Always
Beautiful
Enduring
Feel
Get
Guilty
Job
Make
Meaningful
Something
Sorrow
Take
Try
You
I try to teach my heart not to want things it can't have.
Heart
Teach
Things
Try
Want
It is justice and respect that I want the world to dust off and put - without delay, and with tenderness - back on the head of the Palestinian child. It will be imperfect justice and respect because the injustice and disrespect have been so severe. But I believe we are right to try.
Back
Because
Been
Believe
Child
Delay
Disrespect
Dust
Head
I believe
Imperfect
Injustice
Justice
Off
I was brought up to try to see what was wrong and right it. Since I am a writer, writing is how I right it.
Am
Brought
How
I am
Right
See
Since
Try
Up
Writer
Writing
Wrong
We can lie in the language of dress or try to tell the truth; but unless we are naked and bald, it is impossible to be silent.
Bald
Dress
Impossible
Language
Lie
Naked
Silent
Tell
Truth
Try
Unless
Education in our times must try to find whatever there is in students that might yearn for completion, and to reconstruct the learning that would enable them autonomously to seek that completion.
Completion
Education
Enable
Find
Learning
Might
Must
Our
Reconstruct
Seek
Students
Them
Times
Try
The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.
Dead
Living
Might
Old
Speak
Try
Well
Young
If I'm practicing making up what the characters will do, it's never good. In fact, when I catch myself doing that, I try to get rid of that section, and try and let them start making the decisions.
Catch
Characters
Decisions
Doing
Fact
Get
Good
In fact
Making
Making up
Myself
Never
Practicing
Rid
I find it interesting to see people - mostly people who are younger than I am - going to considerable trouble to try to reproduce things from an era that was far more physical, from a less virtual day.
Am
Considerable
Day
Era
Far
Find
Going
I am
Interesting
Less
More
Mostly
People
Physical
I try to be objective about technology. Agnostic, in a sense. Whatever personal opinions I form tend to have more to do with what we find to do with the new thing.
About
Agnostic
Find
Form
More
New
New thing
Objective
Opinions
Personal
Sense
Technology
Tend
Thing