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Justin Cronin Quotes

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Writing is a job: you must show up.

I came to Houston for a job, the reason most people move halfway across the country with a first grader and a five-week-old. I came here to teach at Rice.

I'm a workmanlike writer. I show up every day and treat it like a job. The old rule that writing is like any other job, the first rule is that you must show up. I'm at the keyboard from 9 to 4 every day.

I'm an ecumenical reader, grew up with all sorts of fiction, teach writing, went to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, so my tastes and interests are broad.

One thing that worried me was how writers get categorized and so they end up having to write the same kind of book again and again. That is fine if it is what you want to do, but I would rather be locked in the trunk of my car with a weasel than write the same book every three years until I die.

I like to break left when people think I'm going to go right.

My inventing time is all done under the influence of aerobic exercise. Basically, I do all my thinking while I run.

Every book has got its challenges. You run into a plot point that you can't figure out, or a scene that you struggle to write and have to write 50 times.

One of the things I constantly think about as a writer is the way in which people are full of contradictions - there's all this contradictory information inside a human personality.

If you are writing any book about the end of the world, what you are really writing about is what's worth saving about it.

Behind every writer stands a very large bookshelf.

So, whenever I'm writing, I'm writing in the presence of all the other books I've read and I think we all are.

When you write, you take the ball and you hold it up to the light and you turn it slowly, and let people draw their own conclusions. And try to bring empathy to all sides of the equation.

And I grew up on a steady diet of science fiction, especially apocalyptic and postapocalyptic fiction.

And I had always liked vampire stories because they are great material that can be refashioned in lots of ways.

Choosing writing as a career, just by itself, is a measure of not being a calculating person.

I have any number of completely dark obsessions and fascinations, and none of this was present in my profile or my growing profile as a writer.

I like creating villains.

I think many years ago I got on a bus in L.A. and drove around to see the stars' homes, but that's the extent of my direct experience in Hollywood.

I was a 'Planet of the Apes'-obsessed kid.