Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
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Growing up, I never gave a thought to being a writer. All I ever wanted to be was a traveler and explorer. Science-fiction allowed me to go places that were otherwise inaccessible, which is why I started reading it. I was going to be a lawyer, but I got saved.
The overwhelming triumph of the international multimedia conglomerate has resulted in less diversity within the field and has made it much harder for newer writers not only to break in, but to make any kind of a living while doing so.
I try to challenge myself as much as possible, as often as possible.
I enjoy listening to classical music and heavy metal. I play basketball and try to go diving at least once a year. I don't really have hobbies in the traditional sense... I engage in too many activities already through the actions of my characters.
I see the Jedi mission as giving up a normal life in exchange for protecting the innocent. It's a life of sacrifice. There are rewards, but also a certain degree of sterility.
I usually do one con a year as a GoH and try to make the World Fantasy Convention for business purposes. Last year I went to a worldcon for the first time in two decades. I may go again this year.
Keep writing. Try to do a little bit every day, even if the result looks like crap. Getting from page four to page five is more important than spending three weeks getting page four perfect.
I've been writing full-time since 1978.
Don't try to write to the trend of the moment.
How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story. For fantasy, none at all.
I write early in the morning, usually after reading portions of at least half a dozen newspapers on the web.
I hear entire symphonies, oratorios, in my head, but I can't write a note.
In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement, every character is based directly on someone I have known.
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