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The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.
Where lies the line between sorcery and science? It is only a matter of terminology, my friend.
Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
Keep writing. Try to do a little bit every day, even if the result looks like crap. Getting from page four to page five is more important than spending three weeks getting page four perfect.
It is always hard when reality intrudes on belief.
Advances have fallen, generally, for everything except the biggest potential bestsellers. Given all the changes, both economic and technological, SF hasn't done too badly.
How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story. For fantasy, none at all.
In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement, every character is based directly on someone I have known.
Spontaneity is one of the joys of existence, especially if you prepare for it in advance.
If you're crazy, there's two things you can do to make yourself feel better: One is to get yourself cured. The other is to make everyone you have to deal with crazy.
I see the Jedi mission as giving up a normal life in exchange for protecting the innocent. It's a life of sacrifice. There are rewards, but also a certain degree of sterility.
The universe is full of dead people who lived by assumption.
I have a bad tendency to get rapidly bored with my own material, so rewriting is hard for me. I mean, I already know the story and would rather read something new.
I usually do one con a year as a GoH and try to make the World Fantasy Convention for business purposes. Last year I went to a worldcon for the first time in two decades. I may go again this year.
Getting inside the mind of a terrorist wasn't difficult at all. Even as children, human beings fabricate elaborate revenge fantasies. We're not a particular species. Check out popular video games.
An apex is always surrounded only by emptiness
I write early in the morning, usually after reading portions of at least half a dozen newspapers on the web.
I've been writing full-time since 1978.
There is nothing in art, in philosophy, or in politics to match the fervor of mutual cooperation among discordant bands of fanatics.
Don't try to write to the trend of the moment.
In loquaciousness lay insanity.
I hear entire symphonies, oratorios, in my head, but I can't write a note.
I try to challenge myself as much as possible, as often as possible.
There's certainly more new SF available than when I started writing. That means there's also more bad SF available. Whether there is also more good is a matter for future historians of the field.
The storm hit with all the fury of a woman who’d been dieting for six months, only to discover she’d gained four pounds.
Writing allows me the time to travel and see the world, which is what I always wanted to do. I'd really like to have been Sir Richard Francis Burton, but it's the wrong century.
But ... this will begin to make things right.
There was a freshness about her that the surrounding harsh landscape had failed to eliminate
She needed him. And he was nowhere to be found. There was no else she could rely on. No one like her brother. No one else at all.
Han Solo.A legend of the Rebellion against the Empire. Trader, pirate, con man, and fighter extraordinaire. It was hard to believe he was real, Finn thought. Solo was history come to life.
Freedom is just chaos with better lighting
It illuminated a vision Dante could not have imagined in his wildest nightmares, nor Poe in the grasp of an uncontrollable delirium.