love being a writer. People actually pay you to stare out the window and
All that time when you were in school? Your teacher was
frustrated and your parents were terrified that your career path
would eventually include a paper hat or a guy named Sweets in a purple velvet suit and
hat because -- dammit! -- you just didn't pay attention!
heh. Yeah, well, who's got the last lau...
That Sweets guy might make a good character. I need to write that down.
you have no problem with lying, you can be a writer, too.
end of fun to be had, especially when everybody knows and expects that
you're lying. Plus, you have the fun of convincing them that what you're
lying about really could have happened! And they want you to do it! Sometimes
they pay you to do it! (And some people think there's no God.)
to turn adverse circumstances into creative fulfillment.
ask me why I wrote three books about werewolves. Beats me. First of all, you need to understand
that Iím afraid of heights, so how someone talked me into one of those
glass-sided elevators leading up to a revolving glass tower restaurant
is beyond me. (He must have been exceptionally attractive, but total fear has
wiped my memory.) Anyway, I was trying to concentrate on the metal doors
while everyone else was admiring the view as twilight slowly took over
into night. And for no reason I thought, What
if this elevator got stuck and there was a full moon tonight and one of
the people in here was a werewolf? Expanding on that thought was
enough to get me through dinner without actually looking out the
around and reading is actually working, if you're a writer. Isn't that great?
Some favorites of mine: Michael Chabonís
Boys. How can you not love a book about writer's block where a
guy has written over 2000 pages and still isn't finished?
Iím hooked on Lindsey Davisí hilarious mystery series about Marcus Didius Falco, a tough-guy private eye in ancient Rome whose eccentric
family, Imperial employer, and patrician girlfriend drive him nuts. Falco and the characters have changed so much since the first book that
Davisí readers feel that they know these people. Patrick
Suskind's Perfume, in which a heartbreaking misfit kills
women for their scent. I just finished Sarah Dunantís
the Company of the Courtesan, set in a 16th century Venice so real
you could almost smell it. Every character glows with life. A fabulous achievement.
And the greatest scary haunted-house (maybe) novel of
all time: Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House.
Actually, anything by Jackson.
If you want to learn
more about writing, Stephen King has some down-to-earth advice in his On
ya later, read my books, buy several, even for people you hate. A
I don't wanna have to fall back on