Siegfried Lenz, German Writer ( March 17, 1926 - October 7, 2014 )

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I read what I write over and over and make corrections and improvements, until I reach the conclusion that the material deserves to stand on its own.~Siegfried Lenz

Stand Reach Own

One never comes into embarrassment, if one is ready to balance. To ask oneself never in embarrassment, what have you in these decades made.~Siegfried Lenz

Balance You Ready

Every story I write starts with a dilemma or a theme. Once I am convinced that this is the issue that is perturbing my thoughts, I start to look for characters capable of representing it.~Siegfried Lenz

I Am Thoughts Start

Sometimes, it is precisely when you discover that you are living very happily that you suddenly find yourself in danger. To be happy means to discover that you are exposed to being hurt.~Siegfried Lenz

Happy Hurt Yourself

I sit in my room at my desk, looking out the window to the yard and waiting for a plot to come to me, to rise slowly in my mind.~Siegfried Lenz

Waiting Mind Window