As you get older, you become more vain. But as your looks slowly deteriorate, your eyesight worsens, so it all balances out.
Most writers live in self-imposed exile, even when they don't leave their country. They prefer the undiscovered country inside their own heads.
It's impossible to make a living in the arts unless you make a fortune. There's almost no in-between. Writers are either broke or rolling in it. Oddly, you can't tell them apart.
You can't write a character more brilliant than yourself. It's just not physically possible.
I was born to a very large family, one of 7 kids. I grew up with carnivals and chaos all around me, so I can write anywhere.
Commercial success and quality are not necessarily allied.
I'm still always surprised that anyone might be interested in my work or me.
The more I read about the rules the great orators used, the more I realised, of course, this is how you stir people's hearts, and you persuade and cajole and move people out of fixed positions. The techniques are quite menacingly easy.
The New Zealand sense of humor is tough and realistic. Jokes are not surreal; they are about life and death and tough decisions.
Be more ambitious. Do your homework. There's no easy way around this.
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