” The question of likability is a bit of a puzzler for me. You know, I don’t write people with likability in mind. It’s more whether or not I find them compelling. “


” I wrote for so many years in a bubble, the way everyone does, and there were large swaths of time where you think you’re doing this for nothing. An audience is crucial, a back and forth with the invisible readers. “


” Some deeper part of me wants to write comical dialogue, I’d be foolish to not follow that impulse. Now I recognize that if there’s energy to a section of work, you go where the energy is. It’s a living thing, and you just follow it. “


” When your protagonist bores you, you’re in trouble. “


” One of the nice things about writing is you can take essentially painful things in your life and turn them into something that might be useful, or at least entertaining, to somebody else. “


” If you’re not riddled with doubt, you’ve probably done something wrong. “


” The theme of luck comes up a lot. It’s something I thought about before, why some people are lucky and some people aren’t lucky. It seems like some people you meet can sort of cultivate luck, and I’ve always been fascinated by that. “


” When you’re 8 years old, and you’ve become subconsciously familiar with the layout and design of Black Sparrow books, and you know the difference between Miles Davis and John Coltrane, something is bound to stick. “



All 8 Patrick deWitt Quotes about You in picture


The question of likability is a bit of a puzzler for me. You know, I don
I wrote for so many years in a bubble, the way everyone does, and there were large swaths of time where you think you


Some deeper part of me wants to write comical dialogue, I
When your protagonist bores you, you
One of the nice things about writing is you can take essentially painful things in your life and turn them into something that might be useful, or at least entertaining, to somebody else.
If you
The theme of luck comes up a lot. It
When you
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