In this post, you will find great Irvine Welsh Quotes. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.
I’m not really a mainstream novelist!
People in Scotland want the parliament but don’t give a toss about the elections.
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.
One of the things you want as a successful writer is the anonymity.
People either think I’m this totally savage, idiot-savant genius guy who‘s lucked out or they think I’m a super-manipulative crafty businessman, this kind of MBA guy who’s spotted a gap in the market and knows how to create a product for it. It’s flattering, but I’ve not got that much of a gameplan.
I don’t want everything to be flowery perfection. I like it there to be a charge behind it, you know?
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.
You know what it’s like: you don’t want to read your old books again. All you can see are the flaws, what you would do differently.
Politicians are so… detested; they don’t actually walk amongst people now.
I’d always liked to read, but when I picked up books I wasn’t getting the same kind of excitement from them that I was from going out clubbing. I wanted to get the same kind of feel.
Sometimes there’s a snobbery among literary types that these people don’t really get it, but in a lot of ways they get it more than the literati. There’s a culture in the background that they understand and know. They get that deeper level.
The first job of a writer is to be honest.
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.
Writing is such a good thing to do because you can’t really get bored with it. If you’re bored with writing, you’re bored with life.
There is a kind of mysticism to writing.
I think that every project offers an opportunity to reinvent process as well as content.
I’ve been doing a bit of screenwriting and producing, and even a bit of directing.
Sometimes a book influences me because it winds me up. There’ll be something that gets under my skin and makes me think that I can do better.
Music helps me immeasurably in the writing process.
I’m a failed musician rather than a successful writer.
When people write a novel, they want to have that reach and that impact. To get it with a first novel, you can either see it as an albatross or a calling card.
It’s very difficult to be objective about yourself and your own circumstances, but one thing I do know about is that I grew up surrounded by storytellers.
I just write the stuff I want to at the time, what feels right for me.
The older you get, the less physically and mentally robust you become.
I created something that became a phenomenon without becoming a prisoner to it.
Everyone needs some kind of compelling drama in their life, basically.
The idea is not enough. And the most annoying thing for me as a writer is that people will come up to me and say, ‘Hey, I’ve got a great idea for a book. I’m not a writer, but I’ve got a great story.’
I know when I go and see a writer, the first thing I think to myself is, ‘Are they the character in the book?’ You just can’t help it; it’s the way people are.
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.
A lot of my characters are anti-heroes that became heroes.
Historically, men have a hard time getting onboard with feminism, but I think that’s changing.
It’s like nothing’s really happening. Our culture is almost dead.
You can’t satirise darts, because it’s hyper-real as it is; there’s already enough over-the-top madness to it.
I feel like I’ve exhausted guys and male friendships.
I think what you call ‘metropolitan America’ – as in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles – I think there’s more awareness of the atypical, while in more traditional Britain, there’s the kitchen-sink dramas and thrillers. It’s more formulaic.
Filmmaking is a much more collaborative thing than literature, so you know you’re going to be working with a group of people at the start. You know it’s going to be a compromise.