Storytelling and elegant style don't always go hand in hand.
On the other hand, I mean, that is what writers have always been supposed to do, was to rely on their own devices and to - I mean, writing is a lonely business.
Well, I think storytellers have always found murder a fascinating device.
But it's for every writer to decide his own pace, and the pace varies with the writer and the work.
I think it's hard to write about children and to have an idea of innocence.
When I'm writing, I am concentrating almost wholly on concrete detail: the color a room is painted, the way a drop of water rolls off a wet leaf after a rain.
Taking on challenging projects is the way that one grows and extends one's range as a writer, one's technical command, so I consider the time well-spent.
Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction.
Sometimes you can do all the right things and not succeed. And that's a hard lesson of reality.
Everything takes me longer than I expect. It's the sad truth about life.
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