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.
Above us, outlined against the brilliant sky, dragons crowded every available perching space on the Rim. And the sun made a gold of every one of them.
Living is struggling to do something impossible;
To succeed or die, knowing that you had tried.
How much can a dragon carry?
As much as it thinks it can
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.
Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.
I do outlines when I'm writing with someone, but they also need to have a certain amount of freedom
Tell a story! Don't try to impress your reader with style or vocabulary or neatly turned phrases. Tell the story first!
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.
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
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!
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
Fear has its uses but cowardice has none.
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.
I also don't have organized religion on Pern. I figured - since there were four holy wars going on at the time of writing - that religion was one problem Pern didn't need.
That's what writing is all about, after all, making others see what you have put down on the page and believing that it does, or could, exist and you want to go there.
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.
That's such a thrill - a story I wrote at the beginning of my career, and it's still packin' the house.
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.
The horse, the noblest, bravest, proudest, most courageous and certainly the most perverse and infuriating animal that humans ever domesticated
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
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