I have a shelf of comfort books, which I read when the world closes in on me or something untoward happens
Make no judgments where you have no compassion.
Living is struggling to do something impossible;
To succeed or die, knowing that you had tried.
James Blish told me I had the worst case of "said bookism" (that is, using every word except said to indicate dialogue). He told me to limit the verbs to said, replied, asked, and answered and only when absolutely necessary.
How much can a dragon carry?
As much as it thinks it can
I do outlines when I'm writing with someone, but they also need to have a certain amount of freedom
Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.
Tell a story! Don't try to impress your reader with style or vocabulary or neatly turned phrases. Tell the story first!
The blackest night must end in dawn, the light dispel the dreamer's fear.
Mostly I'm telling people that they don't have to be victims
Because we build the worlds we wouldn't mind living in. They contain scary things, problems, but also a sense of rightness that makes them alive and makes us want to live there.
Step by step
Moment by moment
We live through
I didn't mean to stay up all night to finish Windhaven, but I had to!
The thing is, emotion - if it's visibly felt by the writer - will go through all the processes it takes to publish a story and still hit the reader right in the gut. But you have to really mean it.
I have always used emotion as a writing tool. That goes back to me being on the stage
I think writers need windows on a view to remind them that a whole world is out there, not the minutiae with which they might be dealing on a close scale
How could she have believed such an artificial life as the theatre was suitable?
But Ship Who Sang remains my favorite story. I really rocked folks with that and still cannot read it aloud myself without weeping at the end
Fear has its uses but cowardice has none.
I think the Internet, particularly the availability of information, is great. I do a lot of correspondence on-line and have a chat line to talk to my fans as well
Each email contains an unsubscribe link. We will NEVER sell, rent, loan, or abuse your email address in ANY way. Writing has been so much a part of my life that I'm really quite annoyed that I can't do as much as I used to.
To cry was to release all sorts of ugly little pressures and tensions. Like waking out of a long, dark dream to a sun-filled day.
But I will say that living in Ireland has changed the cadence and fullness of speech, since the Irish love words and use as many of them in a sentence as possible
I would recommend the short story form, which is a lot harder to write since you have to be so careful with words, until there is plenty of time to doodle through a novel
I did not have a chance to write novels until my youngest child started school fulltime
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