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7 Lee Child Quotes About Writing for Writers

To celebrate the release of the newest Jack Reacher novel, Blue Moon, here are 7 Lee Child quotes about writing to keep you excited about your own writing.

Writer's Digest interviewed the Jack Reacher novelist in our January 2013 issue. To celebrate the release of the newest Jack Reacher novel, Blue Moon, here are 7 Lee Child quotes about writing to keep you excited about your own writing especially if, like me, you feel bad for not having started writing when you were younger. 

Read the outtakes of the January 2013 interview here.

Lee Child quotes about writing

I honestly believe that writing is possibly the only thing that not only can you, but you should do it later. – Lee Child, WD January 2013

Lee Child quotes about writing

I think writing fiction especially is something that is unnatural when you’re young, because you haven’t absorbed enough, you haven’t seen enough, you haven’t developed your own mental space or your thoughts and all that kind of thing. – Lee Child, WD January 2013

Lee Child quotes about writing

Success is always accidental, and the only way to really make a second-rate product is to sit down and think about what you’re going to do. – Lee Child, WD January 2013

Lee Child quotes about writing

The worst [writing advice] is probably Write what you know. – Lee Child, WD January 2013

Lee Child quotes about writing

[Write] what you feel is really excellent advice, Because if you substitute Write what you feel, then you can expand into that. – Lee Child, WD January 2013

Lee Child quotes about writing

Writing overall is in such a state of flux at the moment … All that matters is coming up with a great original story. – Lee Child, WD January 2013

Lee Child quotes about writing

I think my ambition is to keep it going until I feel like I would be letting myself down. I’d like to go out with one final book that leaves everybody desperate for more… -Lee Child, WD January 2013

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