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    Basically, particularly in Britain, it's a hegemonic thing that people who write tend to come from the leisure classes. They can afford the time and the books. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    Every kind of book I've written has been written in a different way. There has not been any set time for writing, any set way, I haven't re-invented the process every time but I almost have. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    Football now, to be honest, it bores me. You can publish the salaries of the teams and then you look at the standings and they are almost the same. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    I didn't have any concept of Trainspotting being published. It was a selfish act. I did it for myself. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    I feel like I've exhausted guys and male friendships. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    I spend so much time on the screen when I am writing, the last thing you want to do is spend more time on the Internet looking at a screen. That's what I hate about all this technology. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    I think young writers should get other degrees first, social sciences, arts degrees or even business degrees. What you learn is research skills, a necessity because a lot of writing is about trying to find information. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    I'm always watching people over a short time frame, putting them in an extreme position. Sometimes you don't see the humanity in a person because the time frame is so short and the circumstance so extreme. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    I'm working on a screenplay right now for the BBC, but I hope to have the decks cleared soon so I can get into the studio with my pals and put down some more tracks, try to get a strong dance single together. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    I've not really been going out, drinking and carousing. I'm being very good, working at the gym, trying to keep body and mind working in the same way. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    It was around the summer of 1982 when the drug problem really impacted. It became a lifestyle rather than a recreation. When you start lying and stealing, you cannot con yourself you're in control any more. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    It's different in Scotland. People who come to readings are more interested in literature as such, but the readership in general is really quite diverse. It's a cliche, but it's said that people who read my books don't read any other books, and you do get that element. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    The establishment, the newspapers, they try to create something called Scottish literature, but when people are actually going to write, they are not going to necessarily prescribe to that, they'll write what they feel. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    The first job of a writer is to be honest. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    There is a kind of mysticism to writing. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    There's all this stuff that is happening in Edinburgh now, it's a sad attempt to create an Edinburgh society, similar to a London society, a highbrow literature celebrity society. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    There's no plan on what novel I plan to write next. I never know what I'm going to do one minute to the next. I don't have a master plan. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    What worries me is the professionalism of everything. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    When I first started to get into writing, it was via music. I'd generate ideas for songs that would turn into stories, then they'd turn into novels. I was biased toward music. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    When I started off with Trainspotting, it was the way the characters came to me. That's how they sounded to me. It seemed pretentious to sound any other way. I wasn't making any kind of political statement. Irvine-WelshIrvine Welsh
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    When I'm not writing, I read loads of fiction, but I've been writing quite constantly lately so I've been reading a lot of nonfiction - philosophy, religion, science, history, social or cultural studies. Irvine-Welsh/">Irvine Welsh
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    When people start writing there is this idea that you have to get everything right first time, every sentence has to be perfect, every paragraph has to be perfect, every chapter has to be perfect, but what you're doing is not any kind of public show, until you're ready for it. Irvine-Welsh/">Irvine Welsh