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.
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!
I have my good days and my bad days, but I don't have as much energy as I used to back when I was young and foolish and didn't count the cost - and it takes a lot - to write
Fight only in direst need
Not for lust or petty greed
Honor those that do give birth
Respect them well for their full worth
I wouldn't encourage new writers to start off publishing through electronic media... it still isn't wide enough for the readership they would need to get a good start
I don't often reread my own books, unless I am going into another in the series and need to refresh my mood when originating the concept
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.
I'm very fond of the Talent series, and also the Crystal Singer trio.
Drummer, beat, and piper, blowHarper, strike, and soldier, goFree the flame and sear the grassesTil the dawning Red Star passes
What I used to do between writing fits was feed my kids, ride my horse and go shopping for cat and dog food.
People have freaked out when I tell them that my dragons are scientifically based... what else can you call a genetically engineered life form?
The horse, the noblest, bravest, proudest, most courageous and certainly the most perverse and infuriating animal that humans ever domesticated
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