I do not write for an audience.
English of course is your major tool, but it is not nearly so important as other aspects of writing for example you have to have some natural ability you can’t buy it no one puts it there you’re born with it.
I essentially write for myself.
Usually a good part of the people trying it end up not making it.
So writing is a very, very difficult position to obtain… and retain.
I was a terrible English student.
It is extremely important to know what you don’t want to find.
I have been writing for 50 years and readers still read my first book from when I was in the Marine Corps.
My first book was rejected nine times. It turned out to be a best seller, Battle Cry? in 1953.
I enjoy writing, sometimes; I think that most writers will tell you about the agony of writing more than the joy of writing, but writing is what I was meant to do.
I am very proud of this work because it is more about the meaning of the Easter Rising and its relationship to what this whole century has been about, people liberating themselves, freeing themselves.
I was too heavy to be a jockey and too honest to be a producer, so I became a writer.
Research to me is as important or more important than the writing. It is the foundation upon which the book is built.
You can try to reach an audience, but you just write what comes out of you and you just hope that it is accepted. You do not write specifically to a generation.
Writing, basically breaks down to relationships between people and that is what you write about.