” I am, of course, a frustrated rock star – I’d much rather be a rock star than a writer. Or own a record shop. Still, it’s not a bad life, is it? You just sit at a computer and make stuff up. “


” I think writers have to be proactive: they’ve got to use new technology and social media. Yes, it’s hard to get noticed by traditional publishers, but there’s a great deal of opportunity out there if you’ve got the right story. “


” You need a great idea, but then you’ve got to carry it through. If you get it right, you’re going to be a critical success. But not everyone who works hard gets it right, or has the success they deserve: there’s an element of luck. “


” I used to think that: whenever I heard that someone had taken 10 years to write a novel, I’d think it must be a big, serious book. Now I think, ‘No – it took you one year to write, and nine years to sit around eating Kit Kats. “


” No matter how many awards you’ve won or how many sales you’ve got, come the next book it’s still a blank sheet of paper and you’re still panicking like hell that you’ve got nothing new to say. “


” A lot of writers, especially crime writers, have an image that we think we’re trying to keep up with. You’ve got to be seen as dark and slightly dangerous. But I’m not like that and I’ve realised that I don’t need to put that on. People will buy the books whether they see a photo of you dressed in black or not. “


” The most difficult part of any crime novel is the plotting. It all begins simply enough, but soon you’re dealing with a multitude of linked characters, strands, themes and red herrings – and you need to try to control these unruly elements and weave them into a pattern. “


” At all times, think like a writer, and keep those antennae twitching – that way, you pick up new ideas. “


” I have a strong work ethic, yet I’m incredibly lazy as well. The problem with being a writer is that everything you do can be called research. Sitting in the pub is research. Reading the newspaper can be research. “



All 9 Ian Rankin Quotes about You in picture


I am, of course, a frustrated rock star - I
I think writers have to be proactive: they


You need a great idea, but then you
I used to think that: whenever I heard that someone had taken 10 years to write a novel, I
No matter how many awards you
A lot of writers, especially crime writers, have an image that we think we
The most difficult part of any crime novel is the plotting. It all begins simply enough, but soon you
At all times, think like a writer, and keep those antennae twitching - that way, you pick up new ideas.
I have a strong work ethic, yet I
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