I occasionally experience the discomfort of people assuming my work is autobiographical.
There's a satisfaction I get from writing fiction that I will never get from screenwriting.
I wrote the screenplay for 'This Is Where I Leave You' - all 40 drafts of it.
Ultimately, you have to write what's coming at any given point in time. Fighting your instincts for practical reasons is a losing battle.
Nobody wants to rock their own life. But, on the other hand, when your life does get rocked, it affords you a certain level of emotional honesty. It liberates you to be who you really are.
Screenwriting and the movie stuff could all disappear tomorrow, but to sit down with my laptop and still tell stories is my day job. I didn't believe I'd actually get to do it for a living.
There's something really satisfying if you've created a bunch of characters that have withstood 25 episodes.
I still enjoy the tactile sensation of holding a book. But when I need to read fast for work, I use the Kindle App on my iPad.
I think one of my better gifts as a writer is empathy.
I'm a big action junkie. I grew up on the '80s action movies - the bad ones and the good ones.
I'm at my desk before nine, and I go all day. I'm not necessarily productive all day, but really, who is?
When I was sixteen, I wrote the first hundred or so pages of a novel about a piano that was haunted by the ghost of an evil blues musician.
You never have to change a book for budget.
I'm a novelist first, and I wrote a bunch of books, and everything I write, I just find people are more interesting when there's an element of humor to it.
Adapting your own book is like performing open-heart surgery on your own child.
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