Lee Child

Literary Birthday – 29 October – Lee Child

Happy Birthday, Lee Child born 29 October 1954.

Lee Child’s Top 10 Quotes On Writing

  1. Don’t get it right – get it WRITTEN.
  2. Writing is show business for shy people.
  3. The way to write a thriller is to ask a question at the beginning, and answer it at the end.
  4. It’s a kind of Zen question: if you write a book and no one reads it, is it really a book?
  5. I write in the afternoon, from about 12 until 6 or 7. I use an upstairs room as my office. Once I get going I keep at it, and it usually takes about six months from the first blank screen until ‘The End’.
  6. Read, read, read. You can’t get anywhere unless you are an obsessive, continuous reader of other stuff.
  7. So, how to stay inside the world of entertainment without actually getting another job? I felt the only logical answer was to become a novelist. So I wrote the first book – driven by some very real feelings of desperation – and it worked.
  8. Male authors always take care to make their heroes at least one inch taller than they are, and considerably more muscular. Just as female authors give their heroines better hair and slimmer thighs.
  9. Well, writers become writers because they love words and language, and attempting a non-native style is all part of the fun.
  10. I have the ‘thing’ worked out – the trick or the surprise or the pivotal fact. Then I just start somewhere and let the story work itself out.

Lee Child is the pen name of British thriller writer, James D. ‘Jim’ Grant. He is best known for his Jack Reacher novels. The series started with Killing Floor.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 29th October 2012

0 thoughts on “Literary Birthday – 29 October – Lee Child”

  1. What a great article. Thank you for sharing.

    My first novel was part of the NaNoWriMo challenge. So I didn’t outline. I still write by the seat of my pants and love it. I just let the ideas flow… From my brains to my fingers. Is it good? No but as mentioned above, at first I don’t get it right, I get it written.