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At first, I spend about four hours a day writing. Toward the end of a book, I spend up to 16 hours a day on it, because all I want to do is make it good and get it done.

Tracy Kidder

Being a professional writer is not an easy way to make a living.

Tracy Kidder

Continuity is one of the things I like about New England.

Tracy Kidder

I always want to write something better than the last book.

Tracy Kidder

I do believe that enduring geological features are important, though I don’t think I can be clear about exactly why.

Tracy Kidder

I know that to write you have to have stories you want to tell. You have to keep your mind alive, and you have to work hard.

Tracy Kidder

I never planned on doing a book about Paul Farmer or his organization. I met him in Haiti when I was on a magazine assignment. It’s almost like his story sort of fell in my lap.

Tracy Kidder

I tell beginning readers to read a lot and write a lot. If you want to write a book, find a subject that’s really worth the time and effort you’ll put in.

Tracy Kidder

I think if the writing comes too easily, it shows – it’s usually hard to read.

Tracy Kidder

I usually write about ordinary people and ordinary things, but Paul Farmer is the least ordinary person I’ve ever met… He’s the leader of a small group of people who hope to cure a sick world, and I hope my book can help in some small way.

Tracy Kidder

I want my prose to be as clear as a pane of glass.

Tracy Kidder

I wrote a novel about the combat experiences I didn’t have in Vietnam.

Tracy Kidder

If you had an essentially happy childhood, that tends to dwell with you.

Tracy Kidder

If you live in the same small place long enough, something you don’t like is bound to happen.

Tracy Kidder

In a very basic way, a prominent landmark such as Mt. Holyoke tells you where you are. They let you know that you’re not the first person in a place.

Tracy Kidder

Paul Farmer has helped to build amazing health care system in one of the poorest areas of Haiti. He founded Partners in Health, which serves the destitute and the sick in many parts of the world from Haiti to Boston and from Russia to Peru.

Tracy Kidder

People say you can’t teach writing, but I think that’s nonsense.

Tracy Kidder

The combination of domesticity and wildness – that’s a deep expression.

Tracy Kidder

The hardest thing was learning to write. I was 13, and the only writing I had done was for Social Studies. It consisted of copying passages right out of the encyclopedia.

Tracy Kidder

Things were here before you and will be here after you’re gone. The geographic features, especially, give you a sense of your own place in the world and in time.

Tracy Kidder

What I like about non-fiction is that it covers such a huge territory. The best non-fiction is also creative.

Tracy Kidder

What interests me is trying to catch the reflection of the human being on the page. I’m interested in how ordinary people live their lives.

Tracy Kidder

When I select a topic, it’s usually a commitment of two to three years of my life.

Tracy Kidder

You do the right thing even if it makes you feel bad. The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be worthy of happiness.

Tracy Kidder

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