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I don't write for publishers, certainly not for critics,
by Jean M. Auel

I don't write for publishers, certainly not for critics,
and not for readers, But I am delighted that so many
people have found my books enjoyable and want to continue to read them.
- Jean M. Auel

From the beginning, when I first got an idea for a
story and wondered if I could write it,
it has always been the story that has driven me.
- Jean M. Auel

I can move my characters through it easily,
because I understand the background;
I've really studied it.
- Jean M. Auel

I really fell in love with Africa.
- Jean M. Auel

 

Life sometimes gets in the way of writing.
- Jean M. Auel

The idea led me into the research, which continues
to give me more ideas for the story.
- Jean M. Auel

Of the two, I would think of my work as closer to Science Fiction than Fantasy.
- Jean M. Auel

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Aside from sales, the letters from readers have been primarily positive.
- Jean M. Auel

It took some time to gather the research and develop it into the storyline,
and to finally finish an origin myth poem that I had
been working on for twenty years.
- Jean M. Auel

I think of my books as mainstream and that's were most
people who read them look for them in book stores.
- Jean M. Auel

I started writing to please myself, a story I would like to read,
and that is still true.
- Jean M. Auel

I'm just writing a story that I want to read.
- Jean M. Auel

From the beginning, the series has been story driven -
I began with a story idea -
but research feeds it.
- Jean M. Auel

I probably read 100 times more than I write,
but that way when I move my characters through it,
I know.
- Jean M. Auel

No, my publisher has always done the marketing.
- Jean M. Auel

I can't tell you any more than any other writer can tell you why they write,
and I don't know what my influences are.
- Jean M. Auel

Each book has been different and has been challenging in its own way to write.
- Jean M. Auel

I have heard Science Fiction and Fantasy referred to as the fiction of ideas,
and I like that definition, but it's the mainstream
public that chooses my books for the most part.
- Jean M. Auel

My fiction is reviewed by the mainstream press,
by science fiction periodicals, romance magazines,
small press publications and various other journals,
including some usually devoted to archaeological and other science material.
- Jean M. Auel

I could write historical fiction, or science fiction,
or a mystery but since I find it fascinating to research
the clues of some little know period and develop a story based on that,
I will probably continue to do it.
- Jean M. Auel

Science Fiction is not just about the future of space
ships travelling to other planets,
it is fiction based on science and I am using science
as my basis for my fiction,
but it's the science of prehistory -
palaeontology and archaeology -
rather than astronomy or physics.
- Jean M. Auel

I have been a reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a long time,
since I was 11 or 12 I think, so I understand it and
I'm not at all surprised that readers of the genre might enjoy my books.
- Jean M. Auel

And that's how I start myself.
I usually go back a couple of pages,
maybe to the beginning of the chapter,
and I start reading.
And as I'm reading, I'm tweaking - putting in a different word,
changing the syntax, putting that clause over there,
you know that sort of thing.
- Jean M. Auel

Though my books are written from a historical perspective,
I have goon so far back that I am in the realm of prehistorical
speculation rather than simple historical fact to weave my stories around.
- Jean M. Auel

I had an idea for a story about a young woman who was
living with people who were different,
not just superficially different - such as hair colour,
or eye colour, or skin colour - but different in some significant way.
- Jean M. Auel

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

Persevere. Plan. Strategize. Focus. Breathe. Write.
Let go: relax. Forgive. All this failing: take a nap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

Always speak the truth,
think before you speak,
and write it down afterwards.
- Lewis Carroll

The man who has done his level best...
is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Always write angry letters to your enemies.
Never mail them.
- James Fallows

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography
until after they're dead.
- Samuel Goldwyn

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

Golf is a game in which you yell "fore,"
shoot six,
and write down five.
- Paul Harvey

Titles are not only important, they are essential for me.
I cannot write without a title.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

My vocal ability is very limited, but I'm fortunate
in that I can write the songs around my vocal limitations.
- Glenn Tipton

So, I was always frustrated having to write and having to cut things.
Why should you have to cut anything?
- Ted Nelson

Very few people possess true artistic ability.
It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate
the situation by making an effort.
If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint,
simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
- Fran Lebowitz

There are writers who say they have no social responsibility
except to write a good book,
but that doesn't satisfy me.
- Sheri S. Tepper

If I loved all the world as I do you,
I shouldn't write books to it: I should only write letters to it,
and that would be only a clumsy stage on the way to entire telepathy.
- Laurence Housman

The hardest novel to write was Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.
- Anne Tyler

Sometimes my boyfriend would write the lyrics and I would write the melody,
and other times I would start from scratch.
Or sometimes I would take a local poem and put that to music.
- Carly Simon

The least learned, for the most part,
have been always most ready to write.
- Roger Ascham

Even when I have to write a simple letter I'm scared
stiff as if faced with looming seasickness.
- Gustav Klimt

I don't plan to write another science book,
but I don't plan not to.
I do enjoy writing histories, and taking subjects that
are generally dull and trying to make them interesting.
- Bill Bryson

I found a certain kind of music congenial to me;
it never occurred to me to write music that was academically acceptable.
- Carlisle Floyd

I thought, frankly, that it would be more pleasant
to write a memoir than it was.
- Jim Harrison

Happy songs are very difficult to write.
How many truly great upbeat songs are there?
- Natalie Imbruglia

I had developed this habit of writing scenarios as a hobby.
I would find out which stories had been sold to be
made into films and I would write my own treatment and then compare it.
- Satyajit Ray

Yes, actually ever since I saw his films and tried to write about them,
Sirk's been in everything I've done.
Not Sirk himself, but what I've learned from his work.
- Rainer W. Fassbinder

As a friendly one.
I would still like to write concrete poems,
but I can only do it sometimes.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

In my position you have to read when you want to write
and to talk when you would like to read.
- Catherine II

I love my work but do not know how I write it.
- Zane Grey

No one inspired me to write, but writer Harlan Ellison
terrified me into getting published.
- Dan Simmons

I wanted to write a new fable and see how many rules you could break.
- Jeanette Winterson


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