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.
Tell a story! Don't try to impress your reader with style or vocabulary or neatly turned phrases. Tell the story first!
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.
Fear has its uses but cowardice has none.
Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.
The blackest night must end in dawn, the light dispel the dreamer's fear.
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.
Step by step
Moment by moment
We live through
A real scientist solves problems, not wails that they are unsolvable.
My eyes are green, my hair is silver and I freckly; the rest is subject to change without notice.
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.
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.
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
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 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
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.
Drummer, beat, and piper, blowHarper, strike, and soldier, goFree the flame and sear the grassesTil the dawning Red Star passes
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
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