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Writing on the beach is not what it’s cracked up to be. The sand blows, and you perspire, and the page gets all blotty and…
When you are developing your style, you avoid weaknesses. I am not good at describing things, so I stay away from it. And if anyone…
When I get an idea for a book, something appeals to me, it’s usually a character. I’ll see a picture of a female marshal in…
The truth is that the writers who most influenced me weren’t people categorized as crime writers. I’d say I learned more from John O’Hara, who…
The bad guys are the fun guys. The only people I have trouble with are the so-called normal types. Their language isn’t very colorful, and…
It took me 20 years to buy an electric typewriter, because I was afraid it would be too sensitive. I like to bang the keys.…
If you take a few days to write an outline, you’re just making up scenes that you think will work, that you think will be…
If I just sit here, what am I going to do? I don’t have a trade. I don’t teach or anything. I just love to…
If I have several bad guys and I only want to end up with one of them, then I have to decide which one I…
I think the best advice I give is to try not to write. Try not to overwrite, try not to make it sound too good.…
I never know what I’m going to write next. If I’m still writing the book but I’m very near the end, and I begin to…
I don’t want to write any more screenplays, I’ll tell you that right now. It’s a waste of time. You’ve got too many people who…
I don’t have any of the modern electronics at all. I know the Internet would be a distraction. I would see things that interested me…
I do this a lot with names. I’ll start with a name, and then for some reason he won’t talk much, or he’s older than…
I decided to write Westerns because there was a terrific market for Westerns in the ’50s. There were a lot of pulp magazines, like ‘Dime…
I can write anywhere. But I don’t use a computer, and I could never write on a laptop. I hate the sound of computers; it’s…
When people ask me about my dialogue, I say, ‘Don’t you hear people talking?’ That’s all I do. I hear a certain type of individual,…
Sometimes female characters start out as the wife or girlfriend, but then I realize, ‘No, she’s the book,’ and she becomes a main character. I…
Writers – all writers, even screenwriters – like to make their mark. I don’t think many screenwriters can write. They pass as writers.
To me, a book is a book, an electronic device is not, and love of books was the reason I started writing.
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