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Born: 1916-08-28
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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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

As I mentioned, I was a carpenter for a time.

Tags: Carpenter, Mentioned, Time

But I've sure worked at jobs where I have been under inspection.

Tags: Jobs, Sure, Worked

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 don't read other science fiction. I don't read any at all.

Tags: Fiction, Read, Science

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 just wrote what I felt like writing since they seemed to sell.

Tags: Felt, Since, Writing

I never made lots of money at it, but I sold enough.

Tags: Enough, Lots, Money

I never worked in an office in my life.

Tags: Life, Office, Worked

I thought that automobiles were going to have mufflers and go fast and airplanes were going to fly fast.

Tags: Fast, Fly, Thought

I was a carpenter for a time and everybody watches what you do.

Tags: Carpenter, Everybody, Time

I was an omnivore at reading, so that everything I ever read contributed.

Tags: Read, Reading

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

I'd never been published when I was young.

Tags: Published, Young

In fact, almost every job you get somebody watching you.

Tags: Almost, Fact, Job

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

Right now I'm so old that if I had a big gush of money, I don't know what I'd do with it. I don't travel anymore. I don't need anything, don't want anything. I'd give it to my son, I guess, and let him enjoy it.

Tags: Him, Money, Travel