Ideas aren't magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down.
I'm dense when it comes to discouragement.
When I have an idea, it goes from vague, cloudy notion to 100,000 words in a heartbeat.
I do have a small collection of traditional SF ideas which I've never been able to sell. I'm known as a fantasy writer and neither my agent nor my editors want to risk my brand by jumping genre.
My writing has to support more than my research habit, but I love to curl up with a book about some dusty corner of history.
I'm one of those writers who, when writing, believes she's god-and that she hasn't bestowed free will on any of her characters. In that sense there are no surprises in any of my books.
One of my great passions is the collection of historical trivia.
It's possible to become so comfortable with one's style and structure that one ceases to grow.
There is nothing that compares to an unexpected round of applause.
A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching in just enough background to ground the specific story.
It's been a long time since I've written old-fashioned sword and sorcery; I'm hoping it's like riding a bicycle.
If you write, one of the questions you're always trying to answer is, Where do you get your ideas? And, if you write, you know how pointless a question this is and how difficult it is to answer.
No one uses a ribbon typewriter any more, but your final draft is not the time to try to wring a few more sheets out of your inkjet cartridge.
Once you've invested hundreds of hours in creating a coherent universe, your story's grown to around a half-million words and can't be written as anything less than a trilogy.
I'm always trolling for trivia.
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