Happy Birthday, Sara Paretsky, born 8 June 1947
10 Quotes On Writing
- I wrote my first three novels at night while I was working full time as a marketing manager. And tutoring, and singing in a choir, and managing a home for my husband and three stepsons.
- It takes a lot of cappuccino to get me through a book.
- I live in an old house, and we turned the attic into my office. It’s a lovely light space, which unfortunately is also very disorganized. I like the comfort of many books around me. Indeed, I like to sleep with them in bed with me.
- Even today, with almost twenty published books, I’m beset by anxiety, worrying about whether I’m telling the story right, having the necessary balance between action and reflection.
- I write directly onto the computer, but I work out story lines, and problems with story lines, on big sketch books.
- I start with a basic idea of a story. This may be a crime, if I’m writing in the V I series, or a startling event that sparks an idea for a general novel. Until I have characters who really come to life for me, though, I can’t begin work.
- I spent 10 years as a marketing manager. I’ve found my experience in the financial world invaluable background for writing about white-collar crimes.
- I wonder about this sometimes. How much dysfunctionality is just enough to make you a writer? Maybe you don’t need dysfunctionality. Maybe you need total functionality.
- I make myself work every day regardless of whether it’s a productive day or not. That way I know I will be at my keyboard when the logjam finally breaks.
- Remember: there is no right way to write. There is only the way that works well for you.
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Sara Paretsky is an American author who has written 17 novels as well as short stories and non-fiction books. She is best known for creating V.I. Warshawski, a female private investigator. The series began in 1991 with Indemnity Only. Paretsky was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.
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