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Daniel Quinn

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I had and did the usual things -- childhood, schools, universities (St. Louis, Vienna, Loyola of Chicago), then embarked on a career in publishing in Chicago. Within a few years I was the head of the Biography & Fine Arts Department of the American Peoples Encyclopedia; when that was subsumed by a larger outfit and moved to New York, I stayed behind and moved into educational publishing, beginning at Science Research Associates (a division of IBM) and ending as Editorial Director of The Society for Vision Education (a division of the Singer Corporation).

In 1977 I walked away from SVE and this very successful career when it became clear that I was not going to able to do there what I really wanted to do...which was not entirely clear. A
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Daniel Quinn No one has said it better than William Faulkner: "Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a…moreNo one has said it better than William Faulkner: "Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write."

That's part one. Part two: Resist the temptation to publish yourself. Self-publishing is very, very easy now, but unless you're already an established author with a ready-made following, it's no better than sealing your manuscript in a bottle and throwing it into the ocean.
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Daniel Quinn I didn't "write Ishmael several times." In effect, I wrote seven books before (finally) writing the one called Ishmael. They were not in any sense…moreI didn't "write Ishmael several times." In effect, I wrote seven books before (finally) writing the one called Ishmael. They were not in any sense "drafts." I've called them versions, but they weren't intended as versions, each was intended to be THE book. The Ishmael trilogy were novels because that was the most effective form for what I wanted to accomplish. In Beyond Civilization I was doing something entirely different, something not at all suited to fiction; after struggling with many forms, I found the "one micro-essay per page" format to be best suited to this collection of ideas (but it would not have been suited to the ideas in Providence).

The novel was not a form I "chose" for After Dachau and The Holy. They're not teachings disguised as novels (as might conceivably be said of Ishmael, The Story of B, and My Ishmael ). They're novels, period, because I'm a novelist as well as a teacher.

In general, a writer with a poem in mind writes a poem, with a novel in mind writes a novel, with an essay in mind writes an essay, with an autobiography in mind writes an autobiography. It isn't a matter of "deciding" BETWEEN a poem, a novel, an essay, an autobiography.

If I have some ideas that I want to express about, say, Permaculture, I write an essay (not a poem or a novel) – that's what any author does. If I have a story idea, I write a short story or a novel – and that too is what any author does. (less)
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When I wrote my first blog here a couple months ago, I was a leisured man and imagined I'd be adding a blog every week or so. I'd forgotten that "the days grow short when you reach September." Did they ever! The twelve-hour days didn't end until just two days ago, when suddenly all but the last half of one percent of the work was finished -- and nothing could be done about that remaining half o... Read more of this blog post »
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