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#1. You won't forget that," Claire assured her.
"I like things written down," Tabitha mumbled. "Then you've got them for good. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#2. Try not to become disappointed if someone doesn't like a story you've written. Stick up for your ideas, but listen to what other people say, too. They might have good advice. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#3. It is a good idea to know which publishers publish which stories. For example, there is no sense in sending a picture book text to a publisher who does not publish picture books. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#4. Anyone interested in the world generally can't help being interested in young adult culture - in the music, the bands, the books, the fashions, and the way in which the young adult community develops its own language. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#5. I had to wait for a long time before I could support myself with writing. However, being a writer is what I have most wanted to be, from the time I was a child. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#6. I was able to work out all sorts of attitudes to style and event and character, all of which affected the way I came to think about my own writing. I believe that all good writers are original. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#7. New Zealand is the only country I know well enough to write about. It can sometimes lead to complications. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#8. I don't want to die, really. I'm interested in what happens next, so I've got to keep on. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#9. There are always two people involved in cruelty, aren't there? One to be vicious and someone to suffer! And what's the use of getting rid of - of wickedness, say - in the outside world if you let it creep back into things from inside you? - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#10. When I was a child I had a best friend who lived across the road from me. When her mother died unexpectedly it was like losing a member of my own family. I think I am still affected by the memory of that loss. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#11. Do you think that clothes have a life of their own, and maybe have unsuitable affairs with opposite styles? I mean - you look at some people - their clothes go on flirting long after the people inside them have lost interest. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#12. Being a librarian certainly helped me with my writing because it made me even more of a reader, and I was always an enthusiastic reader. Writing and reading seem to me to be different aspects of a single imaginative act. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#13. Anyhow, isn't it a bit wrong to think happiness is all smooth and serene. Isn't it mostly a great energetic struggle - you against the universe - a great whopping opponent, with the referee in its pocket? - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#14. There are certainly times when my own everyday life seems to retreat so the life of the story can take me over. That is why a writer often needs space and time, so that he or she can abandon ordinary life and 'live' with the characters. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#15. You can't say you want things to be simple and then in the next breath ask me to be honest. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#16. When you are writing, of course, you have to do all that writing and correcting for yourself. When I was a librarian it was expected that I would know about a wide range of books. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#17. The novels take longer to write than the picture book texts, and they do take a different sort of concentration. However, a very short, simple story that works well is just as exciting to me as any longer and more complex book. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#18. By the time ordinary life asserted itself once more, I would feel I had already lived for a while in some other lifetime, that I had even taken over someone else's life. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#19. At the same time, I think books create a sort of network in the reader's mind, with one book reinforcing another. Some books form relationships. Other books stand in opposition. No two writers or readers have the same pattern of interaction. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#20. I don't know everything I feel, but I do know this. You mustn't ever want anyone but me, Big Science. If you look at any other girl I'll kill her. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#21. I've never actually been a fighter myself - fighting tires me out and I'm not an efficient fighter anyway - but I have certainly seen other people have great complicated goes at one another. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#22. There's a lot of things you can put up with, as long as you're not related to them. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#23. I once knew a house rather like The Land of Smiles - an old house occupied by a varied collection of young people, mainly students. However none of these people were true models for the characters in the book, though their way of life may have been. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#24. At this stage I am not involved with young adults as closely as many other writers. My children are grown up and my grandchildren are still quite young. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#25. Time was too much a part of love, for even in fairytales the proof of love was not its first moment, but its latest ones - that people lived happily ever after. Love at first sight was nothing but infatuation until proved by time ... - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#26. A man who builds a house never really dies. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#27. It's so dark - as if all the lights are just there to make the other places seem darker. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#28. Will you still love me when I'm a monster? - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#29. For in some ways the world was like a shopping centre, and he himself was a doubtful customer, often ineffectual, being talked into buying things he didn't want, things indeed which nobody in their right mind would want to buy. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#30. It changes you for ever, but you are changing for ever anyway. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#31. Canadians are Americans with no Disneyland. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#32. Practise make it perfect! - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#33. Pulverized by literature,' thought Miss Laburnum. 'The ideal way for a librarian to die. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#34. I think I am too interested in my own ideas to copy anyone else's, but I find that other people's imagery, the flow of language in the outside world, games with words, and ideas about relationships are all most important to me. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#35. In a way, the characters often do take over. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#36. My theory is that I decided to be a writer when I was about seven, but of course it is not as simple as that. Like most writers, I had to work at other things to earn a living and wrote mainly in the evenings, often very late at night, for many years. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#37. I don't think I prefer writing for one age group above another. I am just as pleased with a story which I feel works well for very small children as I do with a story for young adults. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#38. Every writer has to find their own way into writing. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#39. When, suddenly, on an ordinary Wednesday, it seemed to Barney that the world tilted and ran downhill in all directions, he knew he was about to be haunted again. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#40. I'm the Beast. You're the Beauty," he said. "It's all a story, isn't it? - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#41. Ellis's understanding of himself and the world around him certainly develops because of his adventures, and part of that development comes through recognizing other people for what they are. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#42. Writing for young children I find I often use particular jokes with words and exaggerated, funny events, but some of these haunt the more complex stories for older children too. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#43. It can certainly happen that characters in more sophisticated stories can 'take over' as they develop and change the author's original ideas. Well, it certainly happens to me at times. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#44. Of course there are big differences in length and character and vocabulary, but each level has its particular pleasures when it comes to the words one can use and the way one uses them. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#45. Perhaps every time anyone is praised it means that someone else somewhere is going to be ignored - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#46. What's happened to the world? she was thinking. Everything has turned terrible ... and the bits that aren't terrible have gone mad. I don't understand anything anymore. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#47. When you are reading, someone has done a lot of work on your behalf, someone has had ideas and has then written and corrected and improved them so that they can be shared. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#48. Family! ... You might just as well celebrate battle, murder and sudden death. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#49. I know things are unbearable but in spite of that we have to bear them. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#50. They are imaginary characters. But perhaps not solely the products of my imagination, since there are some aspects of the characters that relate to my own experience of a wide variety of people. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#51. I, personally, have found reading a continual support to writing. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#52. Fear can give you urgent wings. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#53. People can say what they like about the eternal verities, love and truth and so on, but nothing's as eternal as the dishes. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#54. Reading is very creative - it's not just a passive thing. I write a story; it goes out into the world; somebody reads it and, by reading it, completes it. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#55. I am really chained to my computer these days so I work in my bedroom, which is a room I have worked in for years and years. It is just as much an office as a bedroom, and during the day, my bed is rather like an extension of my desk. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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#56. I hope I am not too repetitive. However, coming to terms with death is part of the general human situation. - Author: Margaret Mahy
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