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Jack Vance
August 28, 1916 -
Nationality: American
Category: Author
Subcategory: American Author

But I'm so slow on it because I find it terribly hard writing blind on computers. The computer speaks to me, but it's just so slow, I'm so terribly slow using it.


I never worked in an office in my life.


I haven't sold to the movies. In other words, I haven't gotten any enormous checks yet.


I never made lots of money at it, but I sold enough.


I was an omnivore at reading, so that everything I ever read contributed.


A reader is not supposed to be aware that someone's written the story. He's supposed to be completely immersed, submerged in the environment.


There was a writer in the '20s called Christopher Morley, who I remember a little bit of, who had some influence on me, but I couldn't tell you what it was.


In fact, almost every job you get somebody watching you.


I'd never been published when I was young.


These are just the tip of the iceberg, because I read and read and read. I read everything.


I do read books. I suppose it's more or less the same thing, but at least I'm alone and I'm an individual. I can stop anytime I want, which I frequently do.


So I'll write it, and then I'll find out that I actually wrote something that is utterly useless. You can't use it in the story and it doesn't fit. So I just throw it away. I've done that countless times.


I was a carpenter for a time and everybody watches what you do.


But I've sure worked at jobs where I have been under inspection.


It seems to limit you; when you're working in an office, you're a creature in a small cell under somebody's supervision and surveillance.


I got done writing Ports of Call and suddenly realized I have far too much material for the book.


As I mentioned, I was a carpenter for a time.


Sometimes some of these little side excursions are useful and I manage to fit them in the book somewhere.


Well, I think everything I've ever read contributes to the background from which I write.


Then there was Clark Ashton Smith, who wrote for Weird Tales and who had a wild imagination. He wasn't a very talented writer, but his imagination was wonderful.


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