Quotes by Bruce Coville

Bruce Coville

American author

Alive from: 1950-

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    Every book is like starting over again. I've written books every way possible - from using tight outlines to writing from the seat of my pants. Both ways work.
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    I feel like a very lucky person. From the time I was young, I had a dream of becoming a writer. Now that dream has come true, and I am able to make my living doing something I really love.
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    I grew up around the corner from my grandparents' dairy farm, which was three miles outside of a small town called Phoenix.
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    I know what I'm going to write for the next three years. It's frustrating, because if I get a good new idea, I have to put it aside.
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    I tend to be more of a novel writer. In fact, some of my novels started out as short stories, and I just got carried away! I think some of my best writing is in the short story form, but novels come more naturally to me.
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    Ideas are all around you - everything gives you ideas. But the real source is the part of your brain that dreams.
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    Like most people, I was not able to start selling my stories right away. So I had many other jobs along the way to becoming a writer, including toy maker, gravedigger, cookware salesman, and assembly line worker. Eventually, I became an elementary teacher and worked with second and fourth graders.
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    Most of all, I love being a storyteller. And yes, I want to make a good living, but I'm not always driven by the best commercial sense.
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    My writing works best when I remember that bookish child who adored reading and gear the work toward him.
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    The first time I can remember thinking that I would like to be a writer came in sixth grade, when our teacher Mrs. Crandall gave us an extended period of time to write a long story. I loved doing it. I started working seriously at becoming a writer when I was seventeen.
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    When I go into schools to speak, I am not giving a speech - it's really a one-man show. I call it 'didactic standup.'
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    When I was a kid, I read books that made me laugh but also made me shiver in terror. I wanted to make books that made other people feel the same way.
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