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My heroes don’t have anything special. They have something to tell other people but they don’t know how, so they talk to themselves.
I don’t get bored.
Among the many values in life, I appreciate freedom most.
If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.
Whenever I write a novel, music just sort of naturally slips in (much like cats do, I suppose).
I collect records. And cats. I don’t have any cats right now. But if I’m taking a walk and I see a cat, I’m happy.
When I start to write, I don’t have any plan at all. I just wait for the story to come. I don’t choose what kind of story it is or what’s going to happen.
If you want to talk about something new, you have to make up a new kind of language.
Every writer has his writing technique – what he can and can’t do to describe something like war or history. I’m not good at writing about those things, but I try because I feel it is necessary to write that kind of thing.
Concentration is one of the happiest things in my life.
A fortunate author can write maybe twelve novels in his lifetime.
I’m kind of a big kettle. It takes time to get boiled, but then I’m always hot.
If you cannot concentrate, you are not so happy.
Young people these days don’t trust anything at all. They want to be free.
There’s no such thing as perfect writing, just like there’s no such thing as perfect despair.
You have to dream intentionally. Most people dream a dream when they are asleep. But to be a writer, you have to dream while you are awake, intentionally.
I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it’s not imagination. It’s just a way of watching.
I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them. I always hope to position myself away from so-called conclusions. I would like to leave everything wide open to all the possibilities in the world.
Mere humans who root through their refrigerators at three o’clock in the morning can only produce writing that matches what they do. And that includes me.
When I write about a 15-year old, I jump, I return to the days when I was that age. It’s like a time machine. I can remember everything. I can feel the wind. I can smell the air. Very actually. Very vividly.
When I start to write a story, I don’t know the conclusion at all and I don’t know what’s going to happen next.
Every time I write a book I put my feet in different shoes. Because sometimes I am tired of being myself. This way I can escape. It’s a fantasy. If you can’t have a fantasy, what’s the point of writing a book?
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