You write a story about loneliness, and you grab them all because everybody's an expert on that one.
Writing is a communication.
Ninety percent of everything is crap.
Why must we love where the lightning strikes, and not where we choose?
I repeat Sturgeon's Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against attacks of people who used the worst examples of the field for ammunition, and whose conclusion was that ninety percent of SF is crud.
It's the Simple things that are really effective. Try to remember that.
They say dogs ignore their reflections in mirrors because they can't smell them. Dogs, unlike people, are not fooled by what they see.
I write a story as if it were a letter to someone and essentially, that's what you do.
Logic and truth are two very different things, but they often look the same to the mind that's performing the logic.
Sure, 90% of science fiction is crud. That's because 90% of everything is crud.
Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever. You can go not only into the future, but into that wonderful place called other, which is simply another universe, another planet, another species.
I teach writing courses and first of all, I teach my students what prosody is.
There are people who have tremendously important things to say, but they say it so poorly that nobody would ever want to read it.
There is in certain living souls a quality of loneliness unspeakable, so great it must be shared as company is shared by lesser beings. Such a loneliness is mine; so know by this that in immensity there is one lonelier than you.
Just think about it," he said softly. "You can do practically anything. You can have practically everything. And none of it will keep you from being alone." "Shut up shut up...Everybody's alone." He nodded. "But some people learn how to live with it.
When you combine something to say with the skill to say it properly, then you've got a good writer.
Nothing is always absolutely so
The novels were all right for a while until she found out that most of them were like the movies - all about the pretty ones who really own the world.
If ever you want to touch the hand and the heart of God Almighty, you can do it through the body of someone you love. Anytime. Anywhere. Without no middleman.
Fear is a survival instinct; fear in its way is a comfort for it means that somewhere hope is alive.
There are a lot of people who write very intensely about things they do not and cannot do.
Love's a different sort of thing, hot enough to make you flow into something, interflow, cool and anneal and be a weld stronger than what you started with.
As far as hypnosis is concerned, I had a very serious problem when I was in my twenties. I encountered a man who later became the president of the American Society of Medical Hypnosis. He couldn't hypnotize me.
Inner space is so much more interesting, because outer space is so empty.
The vast majority of fiction is written to markets and to this damnable business we have nowadays of categorizing everything.
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