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Born: 1953-10-15
Profession: Writer
Nation: American
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Even if you only want to write science fiction, you should also read mysteries, poetry, mainstream literature, history, biography, philosophy, and science.

Tags: History, Poetry, Science

I can't speak for the other authors, but what I hoped to achieve was to illuminate certain corners of the Lucas universe that hadn't yet been explored.

Tags: Achieve, Speak, Universe

I found college useful for a lot of other reasons. It exposed me to a great many influences I wouldn't otherwise have encountered, and gave me a lot of time with some very intelligent people whose thoughts are still with me.

Tags: Great, Thoughts, Time

I've learned that I get blocked when my subconscious mind is telling me that I've taken the work in a wrong direction, and that once I start listening to what my subconscious is trying to tell me, I can work out the problem and get moving again.

Tags: Mind, Moving, Work

It's hard to generalize, because they're all different. When I started, I decided to take as much advantage as I could of the freedom offered by the SF field.

Tags: Freedom, Hard, Started

Some of my ideas were shot down by Lucasfilm because they stepped on territory that has been reserved for the movies. I didn't have a problem with that.

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The Internet offers an interesting combination of advertising and community by participating in the community you can become an advertisement for yourself.

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I'm not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I'm afraid of what real human beings to do other real human beings.

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Now I have to motivate myself much more than I had previously.

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Being a writer was never a choice, it was an irresistible compulsion.

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It's a tough job to tell a story when the audience already knows the ending, and the ending is bleak.

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That's why editors and publishers will never be obsolete: a reader wants someone with taste and authority to point them in the direction of the good stuff, and to keep the awful stuff away from their door.

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Working within the limitations of the shared world generally made the writing easier, because I didn't have to invent any of the characters or background, which is usually the hardest part.

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An SF author who reads only SF will have little new to contribute, but someone with a broader experience will bring more to the table.

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Everything that you read is an influence on everything you write, and you want to draw as many elements into your work as you can.

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For every SF reader of that period, Robert A. Heinlein was also a touchstone.

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Genre labels are useful only insofar as they help you find an audience.

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How long it takes to write a book depends on its length.

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I now have to find a reason to write, every single day.

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I want a platform that, like a book or a magazine, I can carry into the bath or leave at the beach.

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I wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember.

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I was pretty much grown-up by the time I attended school in Britain - or as grown-up as I'll ever get.

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I went to college, though I didn't take many writing courses.

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I'm in favor of any technology that makes my work available to the reading public at a reasonable price.

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I've experienced writer's block, but never for more than a few days.

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If you can find collaborators whose strengths compliment your own, the result can be more than the sum of its authors.

Tags: Compliment, Result, Whose

Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty, and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as a writer enjoys providing one.

Tags: Enjoy, Science, Writer

The big battle at the end of DW isn't drawn from history, but it's influenced by history, certainly.

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The mass-market paperback, for one, is too expensive.

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The Rift, which was well over a thousand pages of manuscript, took two years.

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Try to meet as many authors, agents, and editors as you can.

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When state and religion are one, religion becomes a means for the powerful to remain in power.

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