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No... a novel is a long business. I'm a slow writer, even when I'm doing very well I write slowly.
I kept starting 'Anansi Boys' as a movie and stopping, and eventually wrote the novel and was happy.
A novel, I think, is partly about the contemporary and partly about the eternal, and it's the balance of that that's difficult to achieve.
Once a novel gets going and I know it is viable, I don't then worry about plot or themes. These things will come in almost automatically because the characters are now pulling the story.
Only in a novel are all things given full play.
D. H. Lawrence
If I had simply wanted to trade on an insult to Islam, I could have done it in a sentence rather than writing a 250,000-word novel, a work of fiction.
A good novel is worth more then the best scientific study.
Matthew Wiener on 'Mad Men' writes the entire series before they start shooting, and if you have that, then what you can do with character and story is not at all unlike what you can do in a novel.
When 'Midnight's Children' came out, people in the West tended to respond to the fantasy elements in the novel, to praise it in those terms. In India, people read it like a history book.
You want a novel to tap as directly as possible into your most unspeakable preoccupations. And in America, in particular, cricket is pretty unspeakable.
There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.
A lot of aspiring writers are all ready to write a novel, but they don't know how to write sentences.
John Irving once told me he doesn't start a novel until he knows the last sentence. I said, 'My God, Irving, isn't that like working in a factory?'
Alice Adams wrote a sweet note to me after my first novel came out when I was 26, and I was so blown away that I sent her a bunch of stamps by return mail. I have no idea what I was thinking. It was a star-struck impulse.
Turning one's novel into a movie script is rather like making a series of sketches for a painting that has long ago been finished and framed.
The writer must face the fact that ordinary lives are what most people live most of the time, and that the novel as a narration of the fantastic and the adventurous is really an escapist plot; that aesthetically, the ordinary, the banal, is what you must deal with.
When you're writing a novel, you don't want the reader to come out of it voting yes or no to some question. Life is more complicated than that. Reality simply consists of different points of view.
Before you can write a novel you have to have a number of ideas that come together. One idea is not enough.
Joyce Carol Oates
I don't think I'd have the stamina, skill or ability to write a novel, but I'd love to write short stories and poetry, because those are my two passions.
The novel, for me, was an accident. I really don't consider myself a novelist.
TV does a thing that film can never do. It takes you to a place that no novel written after the late 19th century can. You can just go through people's lives; it's like a marriage.
Am I worried people will say I'm repeating myself? Sure. One thought I had was to publish it as a novel but eventually I just decided to do what I wanted to do.
When one starts writing a book, especially a novel, even the humblest person in the world hopes to become Homer.
All of my problems are rather complicated - I need an entire novel to deal with them, not a short story or a movie. It's like a personal therapy.
When you write a movie, you have a hundred collaborators. But when you write a novel, it's yours.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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