Jack Vance's Quotes
Biography of Jack Vance
So I'll write it, and then I'll find out that I actually wrote something that is utterly useless. You can't use it in the story and it doesn't fit. So I just throw it away. I've done that countless times.Tags: Away, Done, Write
The story was such that I couldn't make a graceful ending and then make a graceful new beginning. I could have, but I didn't want to. So, it isn't the most graceful way of writing a story. This new story is, I think, is pretty good stuff. I'm pleased with it anyway.Tags: Good, Pretty, Writing
Then there was Clark Ashton Smith, who wrote for Weird Tales and who had a wild imagination. He wasn't a very talented writer, but his imagination was wonderful.Tags: Weird, Wonderful, Writer
There was a writer in the '20s called Christopher Morley, who I remember a little bit of, who had some influence on me, but I couldn't tell you what it was.Tags: Influence, Remember, Tell
This flattery has been rather slow in coming. I think all of sudden late in life now I'm getting some credit for what I've done. Which is gratifying, but it's kind of a little late.Tags: Done, Life, Rather
A reader is not supposed to be aware that someone's written the story. He's supposed to be completely immersed, submerged in the environment.Tags: Someone, Story, Written
But Roy Rockwood, it was science fiction for the sake of science fiction.Tags: Fiction, Sake, Science
But, for instance, when I was awfully young, I read all the Oz books. They were an enormous influence on me.Tags: Books, Read, Young
I got done writing Ports of Call and suddenly realized I have far too much material for the book.Tags: Book, Done, Writing
I haven't been to a movie since somebody gave me free tickets to Star Wars, which I went to.Tags: Free, Since, Star
I haven't sold to the movies. In other words, I haven't gotten any enormous checks yet.Tags: Checks, Movies, Words
I thought that automobiles were going to have mufflers and go fast and airplanes were going to fly fast.Tags: Fast, Fly, Thought
I worked for half a cent a word. I'm not a fast writer to begin with, so for the first few years I had do other things.Tags: Few, Word, Writer
It seems to limit you; when you're working in an office, you're a creature in a small cell under somebody's supervision and surveillance.Tags: Small, Somebody, Working
Sometimes some of these little side excursions are useful and I manage to fit them in the book somewhere.Tags: Book, Side, Sometimes
These are just the tip of the iceberg, because I read and read and read. I read everything.Tags: Iceberg, Read, Tip
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Well, I think everything I've ever read contributes to the background from which I write.Tags: Background, Read, Write
But I'm so slow on it because I find it terribly hard writing blind on computers. The computer speaks to me, but it's just so slow, I'm so terribly slow using it.Tags: Computers, Hard, Writing
I do read books. I suppose it's more or less the same thing, but at least I'm alone and I'm an individual. I can stop anytime I want, which I frequently do.Tags: Alone, Less, Read