“EL: When I was working at an ad agency, which I did through the '50s -- I left in '61 -- I was getting up at 5 a.m., and I'd write for two hours. I was just beginning to write. I didn't know it beforehand, but I learned I could write two pages, a page an hour. I did it all through the '50s. I wrote five books and thirty short stories that way. But now it's a lot harder; it just gets harder. For a while, maybe, it gets easier -- you're relaxed, and you can just write what you want, and it seems to work. But then, you don't want to sound like you're imitating yourself, and you don't want to use the same sorts of situations over and over.
JM: Is it harder throughout the process, or just at the beginning of a book?
EL: No, I think it's harder all the way. I know that in my first hundred pages, I'm going to at least introduce my characters, and then some will come along. Unexpected characters who come along are the best; they'll just help you through a plot -- as long as you're not obvious about bringing them in to do that job for you.”
I also found out that the first time he ever talked about his 10 rules for writing was at the 2000 Boucheron – and I was there! I heard him! Me and hundreds of other people, but still!
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