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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 It feels strange, but I must say that I have no recondite or complex answer to your profound question. I have of course had occasion to feel the…moreIt feels strange, but I must say that I have no recondite or complex answer to your profound question. I have of course had occasion to feel the things you mention—discouraged, uncertain, lost from my sense of value or purpose. Although each of those feelings is different, my reaction to each has always been the same: I try again—with something DIFFERENT. No matter how many things you’ve tried, there is ALWAYS something you haven’t tried; no single lifetime is long enough to exhaust all the possibilities. Imagine, for example, a novelist whose work has been rejected 743 times; doesn’t he do the sensible thing and take up welding or wood carving? The English author John Creasey didn’t. He went on to try a 744th time—with something different—and sold his first novel. Like me, Creasey could only advise: "Don’t quit. Try again—but this time do SOMETHING DIFFERENT." The something different he found HE could do was good enough for almost 600 more novels he subsequently wrote and published.(less)
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My latest novel is in the hands of my agent, but before getting to work on my next, I started a large art project—large in that it has absorbed my attention for almost two months. It is two constructions put together from found materials (some of which have been sitting around awaiting use for decades).

Here is the first to be completed, titled "The Cinderella Room."



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“It's the idea that people living close to nature tend to be noble. It's seeing all those sunsets that does it. You can't watch a sunset and then go off and set fire to your neighbor's tepee. Living close to nature is wonderful for your mental health.”
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