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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Finding joy in every writing day

“As a writer, I need an enormous amount of time alone. Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It's a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write. Having anybody watching that or attempting to share it with me would be grisly.”– Paul Rudnick

                                 Rudnick, who will celebrate his 60th birthday later this week, is an American playwright, novelist, screenwriter and essayist.  First catapulted to fame for his work Addams Family Values, his plays have been produced both on an off Broadway and around the world.    Ben Brantley, when reviewing Rudnick’s The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told in The New York Times, wrote that, “Line by line, Mr. Rudnick may be the funniest writer for the stage in the United States today.”

An award-winner for numerous works, his humorous essays appear regularly in The New Yorker.         He also writes screen reviews, and stays busy with works for the stage.  He's currently collaborating on a musical adaptation of the book and movie The Devil Wears Prada.

Rudnick says joy should be part of every writer’s life.  “There is only one blasphemy,” he said, “and that is the refusal to experience joy.”

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