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.
How much can a dragon carry?
As much as it thinks it can
Living is struggling to do something impossible;
To succeed or die, knowing that you had tried.
Tell a story! Don't try to impress your reader with style or vocabulary or neatly turned phrases. Tell the story first!
Fear has its uses but cowardice has none.
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.
The blackest night must end in dawn, the light dispel the dreamer's fear.
Step by step
Moment by moment
We live through
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.
Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.
My eyes are green, my hair is silver and I freckly; the rest is subject to change without notice.
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 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
I do outlines when I'm writing with someone, but they also need to have a certain amount of freedom
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
At age 77, I need the help of someone with more energy than I can now summon to finish a book
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.
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 didn't mean to stay up all night to finish Windhaven, but I had to!
I didn't raise Todd to be a writer, but he happened to be one anyway
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
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