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"And when you love a book, commit one glorious sentence of it - perhaps your favourite sentence - to memory. That way you won’t forget the language of the story that moved you to tears."
John Irving
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"It was one of those ridiculous arrangements that couples make when they are separating, but before they are divorced - when they still imagine that children and property can be shared with more magnanimity than recrimination."
 John Irving
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"All his life he would hold this moment as exemplary of what love was. It was not wanting anything more, nor was it expecting people to exceed what they had just accomplished; it was simply feeling so complete."
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Literary Birthday - 2 March
Happy Birthday, John Irving, born 2 March 1942
15 John Irving Quotes On Writing
Half my life is an act of revision. 
I am compulsive about writing, I need to do it the way I need sleep and exercise and food and sex; I can go without it for a while, but then I need it.
I don’t feel anything about me as a kid was unique. Except that I had more interest in being alone and using my imagination.
The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn’t behave that way you would never do anything.
Along the (writing) way accidents happen, detours get taken… But these are not “divine” accidents; I don’t believe in those. I believe you have constructive accidents en route through a novel only because you have mapped a clear way. If you have confidence that you have a clear direction to take, you always have confidence to explore other ways; if they prove to be mere digressions, you’ll recognize that and make the necessary revisions. The more you know about a book, the freer you can be to fool around. The less you know, the tighter you get.
I’m old-fashioned, a storyteller. I’m not an analyst and I’m not an intellectual.
When I was still in prep school - 14, 15 - I started keeping notebooks, journals. I started writing, almost like landscape drawing or life drawing. I never kept a diary, I never wrote about my day and what happened to me, but I described things. 
I write very quickly; I rewrite very slowly. It takes me nearly as long to rewrite a book as it does to get the first draft. 
You bet I write disaster fiction. We have compiled a disastrous record on this planet, a record of stupidity and absurdity and self-abuse and self-aggrandizement and self-deception and pompousness and self-righteousness and cruelty and indifference beyond what any other species has demonstrated the capacity for, which is the capacity for all the above.
Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties. 
I don’t begin a novel or a screenplay until I know the ending. And I don’t mean only that I have to know what happens. I mean that I have to hear the actual sentences. I have to know what atmosphere the words convey. 
You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed. 
I am not attracted to writers by style. What style do Dickens, Grass, and Vonnegut have in common? How silly! I am attracted to what makes them angry, what makes them passionate, what outrages them, what they applaud and find sympathetic in human beings and what they detest about human beings, too. They are writers of great emotional range.
I’ve always preferred writing in longhand. I’ve always written first drafts in longhand.
The building of the architecture of a novel – the craft of it – is something I never tire of.
Irving is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. His novels include The World According to Garp, A Widow for One Year, The Cider House Rules, and A Prayer for Owen Meany. Five of his novels have been adapted to film. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules.
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Literary Birthday - 2 March

Happy Birthday, John Irving, born 2 March 1942

15 John Irving Quotes On Writing

  1. Half my life is an act of revision. 
  2. I am compulsive about writing, I need to do it the way I need sleep and exercise and food and sex; I can go without it for a while, but then I need it.
  3. I don’t feel anything about me as a kid was unique. Except that I had more interest in being alone and using my imagination.
  4. The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn’t behave that way you would never do anything.
  5. Along the (writing) way accidents happen, detours get taken… But these are not “divine” accidents; I don’t believe in those. I believe you have constructive accidents en route through a novel only because you have mapped a clear way. If you have confidence that you have a clear direction to take, you always have confidence to explore other ways; if they prove to be mere digressions, you’ll recognize that and make the necessary revisions. The more you know about a book, the freer you can be to fool around. The less you know, the tighter you get.
  6. I’m old-fashioned, a storyteller. I’m not an analyst and I’m not an intellectual.
  7. When I was still in prep school - 14, 15 - I started keeping notebooks, journals. I started writing, almost like landscape drawing or life drawing. I never kept a diary, I never wrote about my day and what happened to me, but I described things. 
  8. I write very quickly; I rewrite very slowly. It takes me nearly as long to rewrite a book as it does to get the first draft. 
  9. You bet I write disaster fiction. We have compiled a disastrous record on this planet, a record of stupidity and absurdity and self-abuse and self-aggrandizement and self-deception and pompousness and self-righteousness and cruelty and indifference beyond what any other species has demonstrated the capacity for, which is the capacity for all the above.
  10. Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties. 
  11. I don’t begin a novel or a screenplay until I know the ending. And I don’t mean only that I have to know what happens. I mean that I have to hear the actual sentences. I have to know what atmosphere the words convey. 
  12. You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed. 
  13. I am not attracted to writers by style. What style do Dickens, Grass, and Vonnegut have in common? How silly! I am attracted to what makes them angry, what makes them passionate, what outrages them, what they applaud and find sympathetic in human beings and what they detest about human beings, too. They are writers of great emotional range.
  14. I’ve always preferred writing in longhand. I’ve always written first drafts in longhand.
  15. The building of the architecture of a novel – the craft of it – is something I never tire of.

Irving is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. His novels include The World According to Garp, A Widow for One Year, The Cider House Rules, and A Prayer for Owen Meany. Five of his novels have been adapted to film. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules.

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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"If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it."
John Irving
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"It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious."
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"Wherever the TV glows, there sits someone who isn’t reading."
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"What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life - to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?"
John Irving
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"We don’t always have a choice how we get to know one another. Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly—as if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earth—the same sudden way we lose people, who once seemed they would always be part of our lives."
 John Irving
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"Ruth thought of a novel as a great, untidy house, a disorderly mansion; her job was to make the place fit to live in, to give it at least the semblance of order. Only when she wrote was she unafraid."
John Irving
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