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That process by which you become a writer is a pretty lonely one.
by Anne Rice

That process by which you become a writer is a pretty lonely one.
We don't have a group apprenticeship like a violinist
might training for an orchestra.
- Anne Rice

Invest in a feather duster - the possibilities are endless.
- Anne Rice

I gave up on the big screen.
The Witching Hour was at Warner Bros.
for 10 years and it just didn't work out.
- Anne Rice

To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind.
The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.
- Anne Rice

 

There may be writing groups where people meet but it's occasional.
You really do it all at your own computer or your own typewriter by yourself.
- Anne Rice

I claim Dickens as a mentor.
He's my teacher.
He's one of my driving forces.
- Anne Rice

Re-telling the Christian story is the essence of my vocation.
That has been going on since the Evangelists in one form or another.
- Anne Rice

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You can look at the New York Times Bestseller List
and you can be pretty sure that the writers on that
list don't know each other very well.
- Anne Rice

The only pain in pleasure is the pleasure of the pain.
- Anne Rice

I can't keep up with Stephen King's output.
- Anne Rice

First-person narrators is the way I know how to write
a book with the greatest power and chance of artistic success.
- Anne Rice

I enjoy the Web site a lot and I like being able to talk to my readers.
I've always had a very close relationship with them.
- Anne Rice

My own funeral, I'd like to be laid out in a coffin in my own house.
I would like my coffin to be put in the double parlor,
and I would like all the flowers to be white.
- Anne Rice

I feel like an outsider, and I always will feel like one.
I've always felt that I wasn't a member of any particular group.
- Anne Rice

I'm going to keep on dealing with the supernatural in a lot of ways.
- Anne Rice

It is tragic that many in America think of us -
Christians -
as being people who hate others.
- Anne Rice

I'm usually working on my own mythology,
my own realm of created characters.
Stories in mythology inspire me, though I may not be conscious of it.
- Anne Rice

I love New Orleans physically.
I love the trees and the balmy air and the beautiful days.
I have a beautiful house here.
- Anne Rice

I read The Old Curiosity Shop before I began Blackwood Farm.
I was amazed at the utter madness in that book.
- Anne Rice

I do not read the ancient languages,
but I am beginning to study Greek.
- Anne Rice

When you make his sandwiches, put a sexy or loving note in his lunch box.
- Anne Rice

I loved words.
I love to sing them and speak them and even now,
I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.
- Anne Rice

To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.
- Anne Rice

I was obsessed with religious questions,
the basics: Why are we here? Why is the world so beautiful?
- Anne Rice

Obviously, a writer can't know everything about what she writes.
It's impossible.
- Anne Rice

Obsession led me to write.
It's been that way with every book I've ever written.
I become completely consumed by a theme,
by characters, by a desire to meet a challenge.
- Anne Rice

The vampires have always been metaphors for me.
They've always been vehicles through which I can express things I have felt very,
very deeply.
- Anne Rice

You reach deep down and bring up what feels absolutely
authentic to you as you move along with the book,
but you don't know everything about it.
You can't.
- Anne Rice

Evil is always possible.
Goodness is a difficulty.
- Anne Rice

I thought The Shining was just absolutely wonderful.
Stephen King reaches all kinds of people.
In the beginning he was just dismissed out of hand,
which was terrible.
- Anne Rice

We have to become saints.
We have to become like Christ.
Anything less is simply not enough.
- Anne Rice

The world doesn't need any more mediocrity or hedged bets.
- Anne Rice

The thing should have plot and character,
beginning, middle and end.
Arouse pity and then have a catharsis.
Those were the best principles I was ever taught.
- Anne Rice

We need to stop fighting Christian against Christian.
I have no time for anything but trying to love other people.
That is a full-time job.
- Anne Rice

What I did was take the Jesus of the Gospels,
the Son of God, the Son of the Virgin Mary,
and sought to make Him utterly believable,
a vital breathing character.
- Anne Rice

The most difficult novel I have had to write in terms
of just getting it done was The Vampire Lestat.
It took a year to write.
- Anne Rice

Dickens is a very underrated writer at the moment.
Everyone in his time admired him but I think right
now he's not spoken of enough.
- Anne Rice

I broke with my religion in college.
- Anne Rice

Memnoch the Devil happen to be my favorite of all The Vampire Chronicles.
- Anne Rice

I wish we had more visible Christian and Catholic leaders who talked about love.
- Anne Rice

I want to love all the children of God -
Christian,
Jew, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist - everyone.
I want to love gay Christians and straight Christians.
- Anne Rice

We're frightened of what makes us different.
- Anne Rice

I can't get very far away from Christianity,
I can't get very far away from the angels and the saints.
I work them in always, in some way.
- Anne Rice

I'm definitely more influenced by European writers
than I am by American writers,
there's no doubt about that.
- Anne Rice

I'm always looking, and I'm always asking questions.
- Anne Rice

I know nothing of God or the Devil.
I have never seen a vision nor learned a secret that
would damn or save my soul.
- Anne Rice

Writers, as they gain success, feel like outsiders
because writers don't come together in real groups.
- Anne Rice

I'm fascinated by almost any mythology that I can get my hands on.
- Anne Rice

When I write something, every word of it is meant.
I can't say it enough.
- Anne Rice

I do want to go another way - to write something completely different.
- Anne Rice

The whole theme of Interview with the Vampire was Louis's
quest for meaning in a godless world.
He searched to find the oldest existing immortal simply to ask,
What is the meaning of what we are?
- Anne Rice

Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world.
Mortal or immortal, few really ASK.
On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown
the answers they have already shaped in their own minds.
- Anne Rice

Stephen King in many respects is a wonderful writer.
He has made a contribution.
People in the future will be able to pick up Stephen
King's books and learn a lot about who we were by reading those books.
- Anne Rice

People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether
still believe in the devil.
I don't know why.
No, I do indeed know why.
Evil is always possible.
And goodness is eternally difficult.
- Anne Rice

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

True love is a process of co-creation
in which neither feels ownership or superiority.
Jealousy is a highly destructive force
for love and relationships.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.
The process never ends until we die.
And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Change is the essential process of all existence.
- Spock character in Star Trek

Life is a process of becoming,
a combination of states we have to go through.
Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state
and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
- Anais Nin

What usually happens in the educational process is
that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed
and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature
they have lost their innate capabilities.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

We are born princes, and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
- Publilius Syrus

The most difficult thing is the decision to act,
the rest is merely tenacity.
The fears are paper tigers.
You can do anything you decide to do.
You can act to change and control your life;
and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
- Amelia Earhart

Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make,
both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control
the process of choosing, you can take control
of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom
that comes from being in charge of yourself.
- Robert Foster Bennett

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process,
gradually changing opinions,
slowly eroding old barriers,
quietly building new structures.
- John F. Kennedy

The process of scientific discovery is,
in effect, a continual flight from wonder.
- Albert Einstein

Grief is a normal and natural response to loss.
It is originally an unlearned feeling process.
Keeping grief inside increases your pain.
- Anne Grant

My hand is the extension of the thinking process -
the creative process.
- Tadao Ando

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts;
wisdom lies in their simplification.
- Martin Fischer

It is art that makes life, makes interest,
makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever
for the force and beauty of its process.
- Max Eastman

Once you have seen the truth
you must make the decision to let go
of the pain, anger, and resentment you have been holding on to.
This requires you to take action.
If you are attached to your pain, resentment,
and self-righteousness, and addicted to your emotional reactions,
this will be a difficult step for you.
Taking action requires letting go of the very thing
you have been holding on to for so many years.
There is comfort in what we find familiar,
even if we are experiencing pain and suffering.
The pain and suffering itself becomes the familiarity we seek.
It takes absolute faith in yourself
plus courage, will, and discipline to let go.
But once you let go, it will be as if
the weight of the world has been taken off your shoulders.
In this process it is important to forgive
not just the others in our lives, but also ourselves.
For most people, giving ourselves
the gift of forgiveness is very challenging.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you
never get the urge to throw a snowball.
- Doug Larson


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