Saul Bellow may be considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, but he apparently didn’t show much potential until well into his college career.
“I’m always forever thinking that I’m going to be doing the biggest thing. If you don’t believe you’re going to be the biggest thing, then why are you doing it?”
Who said the music industry has to be a young person’s game? Some of the most renowned artists working in pop music today didn’t achieve commercial success until well after their twenties had ended.
“We were all told there was no way we would amount to anything, we’d be working at a gas station. It’s kind of cool now because we’re more successful than the teachers who told us that.”
“My first show was in the back of a hamburger restaurant in Times Square called Hamburger Harry’s. As soon as I got offstage, I knew that this was what I wanted to do. The next 35 shows were terrible, but that didn’t matter.”
“The poems I read were wonderfully graceful poems and then I wrote something that looked absolutely like dogshit and the impulse was to stop entirely, and sometimes I would, but then I’d come back to it.”
The creative process may be mysterious at times, but when it comes to writing, there are certain tried and true tactics for putting together a significant work, as one soon-to-be author recently found out.
In this interview, Carney speaks candidly with Opening Lines about how he got peer pressured into playing drums in high school, the lowest point he’s faced in his time in The Black Keys and why he thinks it’s harder for aspiring musicians to reach a wide audience today.
As Simpson tells OpeningLines in this interview, the idea that she would pursue a career as a writer – let alone a fiction writer – was anything but a foregone conclusion for the girl who grew up in a single-parent household.
Long before Stephen Colbert landed his own show on Comedy Central, the comedian struggled to balance his career with his family obligations.
All that R.L. Stine wanted to be when he grew up was an illustrator and the editor of a humor magazine. Instead, he ended up plagiarizing interviews for his first job and then becoming one of the country’s most successful horror writers.
Norris spoke with Opening Lines about his very first invention, the incredible story behind his big break and what inventors today need to do in order to become successful.