Alec Nevala-Lee

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Dean Koontz on the discipline of writing

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A lot of writers aren’t disciplined, you know. I think that’s often because they hate writing so much yet find they are driven to do it either for psychological reasons or because it’s the only thing they can do. I’m driven to write, as well, obsessed with writing, but I happen to enjoy it immensely. I’m fascinated with the infinite flexibility of the English language and with linear narrative. That makes it easier for me to sit down at the keyboard every day. Not easy, you understand. It’s never easy.

Some people have an image of the successful writer’s life that is pure fantasy. They think it’s a little noodling at the computer for two or three hours in the morning, then a leisurely lunch by the pool, followed perhaps by a nap, then a round of literary teas and parties. Mostly it’s hard work, alone in a room. If you like people, as I do, the solitary aspect of the job is the worst thing about it. We attend fewer parties than anyone I know. We go years without a vacation.

Dean Koontz, interviewed in The Dean Koontz Companion

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April 17, 2011 at 9:18 am

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