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Ian Rankin Quotes

Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in a Lamborghini - Funny Quotes
Men go shopping to buy what they need. Women go shopping to find out what they want - Funny Quotes
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If cats could talk, they wouldn't - Cat Quotes
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A good album should be more than the sum of its parts  (Ian Rankin Quotes) 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.  (Ian Rankin Quotes) 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  (Ian Rankin Quotes) I’m interested in Scotland now and then, how it’s changed. I want to get the reader to think about that by thinking about something from the past. How has society changed, how has policing changed, have we changed philosophically, psychologically, culturally, spiritually?  (Ian Rankin Quotes) I’m often asked how I write books, but I don’t think my approach is suitable for everyone. If I walked into a creative writing class, all I could say to them was ‘I tend to make it up as I go along.’ I’m not sure that’s brilliant advice  (Ian Rankin Quotes) I’ve always written. At the age of six or seven, I would get sheets of A4 paper and fold them in half, cut the edges to make a little eight-page booklet, break it up into squares and put in little stick men with little speech bubbles, and I’d have a spy story, a space story and a football story  (Ian Rankin Quotes) 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  (Ian Rankin Quotes) I love short stories - reading and writing them. The best short stories distill all the potency of a novel into a small but heady draught. They are perfect reading material for the bus or train or for a lunchtime break. Everything extraneous has been strained off by the author. The best short stories pack the heft of any novel, yet resonate like poetry  (Ian Rankin Quotes) I still think most writers are just kids who refuse to grow up. We’re still playing imaginary games, with our imaginary friends.  (Ian Rankin Quotes) 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.  (Ian Rankin Quotes) 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  (Ian Rankin Quotes) I don’t have many friends. It’s not because I’m a misanthrope. It’s because I’m reserved. I’m self-contained. I get all my adventures in my head when I’m writing my books  (Ian Rankin Quotes) It was the laughter of birthdays, of money found in an old pocket  (Ian Rankin Quotes) You wouldn’t think you could kill an ocean, would you? But we’ll do it one day. That’s how negligent we are  (Ian Rankin Quotes) Witches never existed, except in people’s minds. All there was in the olden days was women and some men who believed in herbal cures and in folklore and in the wish to fly. Witches? We’re all witches in one way or another. Witches was the invention of mankind, son. We’re all witches beneath the skin  (Ian Rankin Quotes) 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  (Ian Rankin Quotes) I still think most writers are just kids who refuse to grow up. We’re still playing imaginary games, with our imaginary friends  (Ian Rankin Quotes) 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  (Ian Rankin Quotes) I wrote my first short story for a competition and won second prize. Another competition came up and I won first prize. The first story was published in a newspaper. The second went out on radio  (Ian Rankin Quotes) 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  (Ian Rankin Quotes) 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  (Ian Rankin Quotes) Rebus was eating breakfast in the canteen and wishing there was more caffeine in the coffee, or more coffee in the coffee come to that  (Ian Rankin Quotes)