Happy Birthday, Paul Rudnick, born 29 December 1957
- As a writer, I need an enormous amount of time alone. Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It’s a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write. Having anybody watching that or attempting to share it with me would be grisly.
- There is only one blasphemy, and that is the refusal to experience joy.
- In so many YA books the heroine, who’s just a regular girl, has to choose between two dreamboats who are both, for no particular reason, madly in love with her, which is probably why these books are labelled fiction.
- According to Hollywood logic, none of the actual Titanic passengers was interesting enough, so the writer-director had to invent a Romeo and Juliet-style fictional couple to heat up the catastrophe. This seems a tiny bit like giving Anne Frank a wacky best friend, to perk up that attic.
- I work sometimes from outlines, which are immediately abandoned. Sometimes, when I’m trying to find the characters, I’ll sketch things out a bit. Sometimes, outlines help me aim a little bit, but I tend to find it’s usually much more interesting, especially with the first draft, to spew it onto the page.
- I used to get very nervous that, if I write this first rough draft and I die that night, whoever finds it might think that I thought it was good.
- For me, it’s much more important to get some general shape onto the page and later take all the time I need to refine it, fix it, and rewrite it.
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