If you want to write, write it. That's the first rule. And send it in, and send it in to someone who can publish it or get it published. Don't send it to me. Don't show it to your spouse, or your significant other, or your parents, or somebody. They're not going to publish it.
They give me the money, I give them the book. Having input into the adaptation would be kind of like selling a house and coming back three years later and saying, 'Paint it this color!'
'All Our Yesterdays' was unquestionably the best work I have ever done. And the reading public stayed away in droves.
Well, you give me too much credit for foresight and planning. I haven't got a clue what the hell I'm doing.
This is not a screenplay. I don't do twenty drafts. I'm not going to show this to you until it's published or accepted for publication. You can make whatever suggestions you want, but I probably will ignore them entirely.
I think at this stage in my life I have learned that there are any number of things that men will never know, and can never hope to know, about women.
I have reached the point where I know that as long as I sit down to write, the ideas will come. What they will be, I don't know.
Joan organizes our social life, and on weekends I follow her around.
Very few of my books are about who stole the Maltese Falcon.
I got thrown out of school several weeks in my senior year being caught in the girls' dorm. This was 1954, friends. The girls' dorm was off limits. Even to girls, I think.
College had little effect on me. I'd have been the same writer if I'd gone to MIT, except I'd have flunked out sooner.
She found me intolerable. But she got to know me, and I wore her down.
I think finally good writing gets out there, and people like it, and bad writing doesn't. Well, no. Bad writing does get out there 'cause some people like it.
I didn't have to say it. I just had to write it. It was painful enough.
I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show once. It was a really slow news day for Oprah, and there were several of us on 'cause none of us was sufficiently interesting by his or herself.
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