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    In these litigious times, if you're a beginner, it's becoming harder and harder to get your work to the people who might actually be able to hire you.
    — Len Wein
    tags: time  people  work 
     
    Were there stories I wrote along the way that were terrible clinkers? God, yes. But they were all a product of their time, and I did the best I could.
    — Len Wein
    tags: time  god  stories 
     
    I realized the only thing I owed my audience was my own judgment and my own best effort.
    — Len Wein
    You can read a dozen different textbooks or how-to manuals that will tell you the basic rules of what makes a story - a beginning, a middle, and an end.
    — Len Wein
    tags: rules  stories  read 
     
    I consider myself the luckiest man in the world. I have spent a lifetime doing what I love.
    — Len Wein
    tags: men  world 
     
    I became an art major, took every art class my school had to offer. In college, I majored in Advertising Art and Design.
    — Len Wein
    tags: school  college 
     
    I had never really thought of myself as a writer; any writing I had done was just to give myself something to draw.
    — Len Wein
    tags: thoughts  writing 
     
    I've never had to work out of the arts. I've always either been a writer or an editor, or something where I've made my living from doing what I love. You can't get any better than that.
    — Len Wein
    tags: work  living 
     
    I think every time you take a female character, a black character, a Hispanic character, a gay character, and make that the point of the character, you are minimalizing the character.
    — Len Wein
    tags: character  time  gay  black 
     
    In general, shorter is better. If you can encapsulate your idea into a single captivating sentence, you're halfway home.
    — Len Wein
    tags: ideas 
     
    If a story isn't working, I'm simply unable to finish it. That's what usually tells me something is wrong.
    — Len Wein
    tags: wrong  stories 
     
    My father brought me my first stack of comics, when I was seven years old and in the hospital. I was not a well child. And that's where my love for comics began.
    — Len Wein
    tags: children  child  father  year 
     
    I was a very sickly kid. While I was in the hospital at age 7, my Dad brought me a stack of comic books to keep me occupied. I was hooked.
    — Len Wein
    tags: age  book  kids 
     
    There is an ancient legend which warns that, should we ever learn our true origin, our universe will instantly be destroyed.
    — Len Wein
    tags: true  learn  universe 
     
    A writer writes. Period. No matter if someone is buying your work or not.
    — Len Wein
    tags: work  write 
     
    The villain is always more entertaining because he has fewer limitations. The hero is bound by honor, by justice and by the law, sometimes.
    — Len Wein
    tags: justice  law  hero  honor 
     
    Unfortunately, there are writers whose only concern is how good they could make themselves look on a title.
    — Len Wein
    These days, it seems that if you're not already in place, you can't get there from here.
    — Len Wein
    It all depends on which side of the desk you're sitting on.
    — Len Wein
    I think jazz and comic books are probably the two uniquely American art forms.
    — Len Wein
    tags: book  american 
     
    When I'm my own editor, there's very little difference between the first draft and the final. I write what feels right to begin with. I rarely make any major changes.
    — Len Wein
    tags: right  write 
     
    Art is always in the eyes of the beholder. Only posterity has the right to point out our mistakes.
    — Len Wein
    tags: mistakes  right  eyes 
     
    A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.
    — Len Wein
    tags: friends  true 
     
    Never be embarrassed by the things you cannot do. Be embarrassed by the things you can do and don't do well.
    — Len Wein
    Sometimes you're not even sure which of your stories were failures. There are things I've written that I thought were complete catastrophes when I finished with them that have gone on to generate some of my most positive feedback.
    — Len Wein
    It's all about who's where on the food chain. When I'm the story editor, I expect my writers to follow my vision. When I'm working for another editor, I'm obliged to follow their vision.
    — Len Wein
    tags: food  stories  vision 
     
    I've always thought of myself as an organic writer, rather than a cerebral one. I feel my way along as I go, hoping I'll get to the place I intend to reach.
    — Len Wein
    tags: thoughts 
     
    I'm still a fanboy geek. I always will be. In many ways, if my work still resonates with the audience, it's because I'm still writing from the point of view of the fan, so I'm geeked out constantly.
    — Len Wein
    tags: work  writing 
     
    People who were more concerned with themselves and looking good to their readers then they were with the characters sacrificed a series for the sake of a story.
    — Len Wein
    When someone writes to tell me something I've written made them laugh or cry, I've done my job and done it well. The rest is all semantics.
    — Len Wein
    tags: job  write 
     
    What makes a story is how well it manages to connect with the reader, the visceral effect it has.
    — Len Wein
    tags: stories 
     
    I've always been the audience that I wanted to reach, so I write for myself.
    — Len Wein
    tags: write 
     
    The bottom line always remains the same: What is the basic humanity of the character? How do I make them resonate with the reader?
    — Len Wein
    tags: humanity 
     
    Lord of the Rings, I think, is far and away the most brilliantly done stuff.
    — Len Wein
    I've never sat down and thought about the difference between plot and theme. To me, that's never been important.
    — Len Wein
    tags: thoughts 
     
    When I submitted samples, I had only written stories to give myself something to draw. I was told, "The art is good, but not quite professional yet. But, I like the writing." I've been a writer for almost a half a century. It's very cool.
    — Len Wein
    tags: stories 
     
    I've had editors over the years who couldn't find a clue if it was stapled to their butt.
    — Len Wein
    tags: year 
     
    I'm a neurotic New York Jew by birth. Creating characters is second nature to me.
    — Len Wein
    tags: character  nature  birth 
     
    I try to find what makes even the worst, most despicable character sympathetic at his or her core.
    — Len Wein
    tags: character 
     
    The curse of comic book adaptations, when I was younger, was that the director or producer would go, "Don't worry about it, it's just a comic book."
    — Len Wein
    tags: worries  book 
     
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