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Today’s Question by the reader : Niemann

Author: Paulo Coelho

I have read your book the alchemist, and I was wondering where is the best place to write a book that is so intriguing? Is any place more inspirational than another?

I write virtually anywhere. When I wrote The Alchemist for instance I was in my apartment in Rio de Janeiro. In the other hand, in the case of my book The Zahir, I wrote it while traveling in Europe and Kazakhstan.

Having said this, I only write every two years and the very act of writing a book takes from 2 weeks to a month. The rest of the time I travel and I live the moment – knowing that it is during this period that the seed of a new story will appear.

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