Writing books is fun because after I do a show for a couple hours, I’m in a bus for 22 hours. It’s not hard for me to look out the window and tell a joke here and there.
After ten years of word processing, I can’t even do hand writing anymore.
I’d have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.
After you finish a book, you know, you’re dead. But no one knows you’re dead. All they see is the irresponsibility that comes in after the terrible responsibility of writing.
Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it’s right, it’s easy. It’s the other way round, too. If it’s slovenly written, then it’s hard to read. It doesn’t give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader.
In writing a weird story, I always try very carefully to achieve the right mood and atmosphere and place the emphasis where it belongs.
I’m very shy really. I spend a lot of time in my room alone reading or writing or watching television.
In good writing, the contemplative and the exciting happen at the same time.
My writing improved the more I wrote – and the more I read good writing, from Shakespeare on down.
As an actor, you are in a unique position because you’re not only memorizing dialogue but really embodying it. You naturally feel the rhythm of good writing.