Happy Birthday, Frederick Forsyth, born 25 August 1938
- I’m slightly mercenary: I write for the money.
- The Internet offers authors and their readers a new diversity of opportunities and freedom.
- Get your facts right. Try to write a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.
- As a novelist nowadays, you have to assume that everything you say will be, for some reader somewhere (and maybe for hundreds of them), something they know a lot about. And they do not forgive slovenly descriptions riddled with errors.
- Twelve pages a day, 3,000 words, seven days a week. But it’s the research that takes the time. And, yes, I have to force myself to write. Sounds ungrateful, I know.
- In the early stage of thinking up a plot, I can be anywhere: on a fishing boat in the tropics or walking the dogs – and thinking.
- The only time I need quiet is when I am physically writing. I’ve a farm, and I’ve converted the upper floor of the barn into a writing room. There I sit and type: 10 pages a day for 50 days. But there’s been at least a year or more of meticulous preparation before I hit the first keys.
Forsyth is an English author and occasional political commentator. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, and The Dogs of War.
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