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I wrote two plotted books, got some of the ...
by Jonathan Franzen

I wrote two plotted books, got some of the fundamentals of storytelling down,
then...
it's sort of like taking the training wheels off,
trying to write a book that's fun in the same way without
relying on quite such mechanical or external beats.
- Jonathan Franzen

I feel as if I'm clearly part of a trend among writers
who take themselves seriously -
and I confess to taking myself as seriously as the next writer.
- Jonathan Franzen

I voluntarily inflicted a certain level of insanity on myself.
- Jonathan Franzen

The Mekons were kind of like the background music of my life.
- Jonathan Franzen

 

We may freak out globally, but we suffer locally.
- Jonathan Franzen

I was a late child from my parents, so I grew up surrounded
by people a lot older than me.
I think even when I was 21, I felt like I was a 70-year-old man.
- Jonathan Franzen

The real pleasure in writing this, for me,
was discovering how little you need.
- Jonathan Franzen

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I hate that word dysfunction.
- Jonathan Franzen

When I finally gave up any hope of doing anything representative of the American family,
I actually seemed to have tapped into other people's weirdness in that way.
- Jonathan Franzen

I really enjoy doing both, but I didn't write nonfiction until 1994.
- Jonathan Franzen

It's just a matter of writing the kind of book I enjoy reading.
Something better be happening at the beginning,
and then on every page after, or I get irritated.
- Jonathan Franzen

It's very liberating for me to realize that I don't
have to step up to the plate with a plot that involves the U.N.
Security Council.
- Jonathan Franzen

's one of the perversities of the age:
I'm embarrassed by its success,
but I'm happy it's selling.
- Jonathan Franzen

It seems to me self-evident that if you have a life,
things happen in it, and certain things do change;
certain things end.
People you know die.
- Jonathan Franzen

I was about 13, in some ways, when I wrote the first book.
Approximately 18 when I wrote the second.
- Jonathan Franzen

And Silence of the Lambs is a really smart book.
- Jonathan Franzen

But as far as being popular, yeah, I think Dave Barry is really funny.
- Jonathan Franzen

It's not surprising to see in my own work,
looking back, and in the work of some of my peers,
an attention to family.
It's nice to write a book that does tend toward significance and meaning,
and where else are you sure of finding it?
- Jonathan Franzen

I look at my father, who was in many ways an unhappy person,
but who, not long before he got sick,
said that the greatest source of satisfaction in his
life had been going to work in the company of other workers.
- Jonathan Franzen

I was unwise enough to actually mention this in public a few times,
and in fact to point out that there were two versions of the book now.
One of them had somebody else's name on the cover,
one had my name on the cover.
- Jonathan Franzen

If you're interested in how people behave,
if you're interested in the way they talk about themselves,
the way the conceive of themselves, it's very hard
to ignore drugs nowadays,
because that is so much part of the conversation.
- Jonathan Franzen

I used to think it was hard to write,
and I still find the process more or less unpleasant,
but if I know what I'm doing it rattles along,
then the rewrite whips it into shape rather quickly.
- Jonathan Franzen

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

I don't think my wife likes me very much,
when I had a heart attack she wrote for an ambulance.
- Frank Carson

I know not, sir, whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare,
but if he did not, it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life.
- James M. Barrie

I was five years old when I wrote my first song.
It was out of longing for my father that I wrote it.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

Twyla Tharp put it together from the material I wrote
and recorded over my whole career.
I thought it was pretty good, but how objective could I be?
- Billy Joel

My second play, The Birthday Party, I wrote in 1958 -
or 1957.
It was totally destroyed by the critics of the day,
who called it an absolute load of rubbish.
- Harold Pinter

The songs are about things that we were thinking and we wrote 'em down,
and when you listen to 'em, whatever you think it's about...
THAT'S what it's about!
- Layne Staley

When the Exxon Valdez spilled in 1989,
I was angry.
I even wrote on the back of my car, Boycott Exxon!
- Alexandra Paul

Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon,
who wrote so many poems without signing them,
was often a woman.
- Virginia Woolf

For the novels I wrote before selling anything,
I didn't outline much.
I had a vague idea of the story.
- George Stephen

I don't see myself as the boss.
I sing and write the songs, and it would feel strange
if somebody else wrote the lyrics I sang.
- Gavin Rossdale

Sweden was very nice.
I did a lot of television.
I wrote, directed and was in a lot of television there.
- Lee Hazlewood

I didn't write this song.
Someone was talking in a room.
I just wrote down everything they said.
- Jeff Ament

I write from my imagination, not from what I've read
in books or seen on TV or to make money.
I wrote from an idea I was passionate about.
- Dirk Benedict

We just wrote songs that seemed good to us.
We wrote the album in like two weeks.
We could have had more time, but we accomplished what
we needed to in the two weeks.
- Travis Barker

Every time there's a revolution, it comes from somebody
reading a book about revolution.
David Walker wrote a book and Nat Turner did his thing.
- Mike Tyson

When I was very young, I used to share much of what I wrote with my family,
but as I got older and more self-conscious,
it became a much more private process.
- Anita Desai

Whites were the winners, blacks were the losers,
we wrote the history books, and they didn't feature.
- Phillip Noyce

What is wonderful about great literature is that it
transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
- E. M. Forster

I wrote a novel about the combat experiences I didn't have in Vietnam.
- Tracy Kidder

If someone wrote it and it had a peculiar twist,
I've read it.
- Dean Koontz

They had always told me that I wrote like a man.
- Ama Ata Aidoo

I wrote as a very angry young man, believing he was
going to be killed in a world war.
- John Edward Christopher Hill

Steve produced Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys and one more.
Then he and I wrote a few songs together and became good friends.
He was a talented producer.
- Jimmy Griffin

Mozart wrote so many works in his thirty-five years
that it would take a lifetime just to write out the notes.
We literally do not know how he did it.
- Lukas Foss

Sir Walter, with his 61 years of life,
although he never wrote a novel until he was over 40,
had, fortunately for the world, a longer working career
than most of his brethren.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the
most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the
English language to a young man.
- Stephen Greenblatt

People are quite shocked when you remind them that
Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra never wrote a song
that they recorded in their lives,
as far as I know.
- Robert Wyatt

Christ himself wrote nothing, but furnished endless
material for books and songs of gratitude and praise.
- Philip Schaff

It was my 16th birthday - my mom and dad gave me my
Goya classical guitar that day.
I sat down, wrote this song, and I just knew that that
was the only thing I could ever really do -
write songs and sing them to people.
- Stevie Nicks

Here is the difference between Dante,
Milton, and me.
They wrote about hell and never saw the place.
I wrote about Chicago after looking the town over for years and years.
- Carl Sandburg

About a year ago, out of the blue, I just wrote a bunch of songs.
- Rick Moranis

I started to write in 2001.
I wrote the books for the fun of it.
It was an old idea I had had since the nineties.
- Steig Larsson

I've had three novels published, and I was working
a little bit in theater in Ireland.
I wrote one film script just to see what it would turn out like.
- Neil Jordan

When my mother left her second husband,
she wrote her autobiography and presented it to him for his approval.
- David Antin

The bands that wrote the big, heroic rock songs -
I really wanted to make a record like that.
- Sheryl Crow

I wrote the song For A Dancer for a friend of mine who died in a fire.
He was in the sauna in a house that burned down,
so he had no idea anything was going on.
It was very sad.
- Jackson Browne

I lived to write, and wrote to live.
- Samuel Rogers

Although a madman, Norton wrote letters to Abraham
Lincoln and Queen Victoria which they took seriously.
- Kerry Thornley

Every article I wrote in those days,
every speech I made,
is full of pleading for the recognition of lead poisoning
as a real and serious medical problem.
- Alice Hamilton

My writing improved the more I wrote -
and the more I read good writing,
from Shakespeare on down.
- Dick Schaap

I was in a bad mood when I wrote that.
- Thomas Frank

This book that I just wrote is going to be coming out very soon to Australia.
- Ronald Biggs

I wrote about people who liked fake fireplaces in their parlor,
who thought a brass horse with a clock embedded in its flank was wonderful.
- Betty Smith

I wrote because I needed to and wanted to.
It never occurred to me that I'd become famous.
- Danielle Steel

The next thing I wrote was in a writing class at night school.
It was about a poor woman who worked at a dime store
and who was all alone for Christmas in Laurel,
Mississippi.
- Beth Henley

Bob Dylan's first couple of records in the 60's weren't
considered cover records,
but he only wrote one or two original songs on each album.
- John Mellencamp


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