W. P. Kinsella

Literary Birthday – 25 May – W. P. Kinsella

W. P. Kinsella was born 25 May 1935  and died 16 September 2016.

Nine Quotes

  1. Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.
  2. I have no interest in non-fiction. I don’t read it and don’t watch it and don’t write it, other than a little journalistic column.
  3. Hardly anybody recognises the most significant moments of their life at the time they happen.
  4. Heroes don’t need to talk about what they did.
  5. If I have a choice between looking something up and making it up, I’ll make it up every time.
  6. Find something that thrills you, and when you finish reading it for enjoyment, read it again line by line, paragraph by paragraph to see what you liked about it.
  7. Read, read, read, read and then read some more.
  8. I am an old-fashioned storyteller. I try to make people laugh and cry. A fiction writer’s duty is to entertain. If you can sneak in something profound or symbolic, so much the better.
  9. Use your imagination. Trust me, your lives are not interesting. Don’t write them down.

William Patrick Kinsella was a Canadian novelist and short story writer. He is known for his novel Shoeless Joe (1982), which was adapted into the movie Field of Dreams in 1989.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 24th May 2017