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I write early in the morning, usually after reading
by Alan Dean Foster

I write early in the morning, usually after reading
portions of at least half a dozen newspapers on the web.
- Alan Dean Foster

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.
- Alan Dean Foster

Don't try to write to the trend of the moment.
- Alan Dean Foster

Advances have fallen, generally, for everything except
the biggest potential bestsellers.
Given all the changes, both economic and technological,
SF hasn't done too badly.
- Alan Dean Foster

 

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
- Alan Dean Foster

I have a bad tendency to get rapidly bored with my own material,
so rewriting is hard for me.
I mean, I already know the story and would rather read something new.
- Alan Dean Foster

I hear entire symphonies, oratorios,
in my head,
but I can't write a note.
- Alan Dean Foster

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I try to challenge myself as much as possible,
as often as possible.
- Alan Dean Foster

Writing allows me the time to travel and see the world,
which is what I always wanted to do.
I'd really like to have been Sir Richard Francis Burton,
but it's the wrong century.
- Alan Dean Foster

I've been writing full-time since 1978.
- Alan Dean Foster

How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story.
For fantasy, none at all.
- Alan Dean Foster

In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement,
every character is based directly on someone I have known.
- Alan Dean Foster

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.
- Alan Dean Foster

Living gives you a better understanding of life.
I would hope that my characters have become deeper
and more rounded personalities.
Wider travels have given me considerably greater insight
into how cultural differences affect not only people,
but politics and art.
- Alan Dean Foster

There's certainly more new SF available than when I started writing.
That means there's also more bad SF available.
Whether there is also more good is a matter for future historians of the field.
- Alan Dean Foster

Dawn was written well before 9/11.
People speak a lot today about the banality of evil,
but not all evil is banal.
Some of it is carefully structured and well-thought-out.
That's where the real danger lies.
- Alan Dean Foster

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.
- Alan Dean Foster

Getting inside the mind of a terrorist wasn't difficult at all.
Even as children, human beings fabricate elaborate revenge fantasies.
We're not a particular species.
Check out popular video games.
- Alan Dean Foster

Besides the mistakes that are pointed out,
I love the way readers become involved with the characters.
When readers start asking about character motivations
instead of concentrating on the special effects,
it means you're connecting with them on a personal level.
- Alan Dean Foster

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.
- Alan Dean Foster

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.
- Alan Dean Foster

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.
- Alan Dean Foster

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Persevere. Plan. Strategize. Focus. Breathe. Write.
Let go: relax. Forgive. All this failing: take a nap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

Always speak the truth,
think before you speak,
and write it down afterwards.
- Lewis Carroll

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
- Edgar Allan Poe

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

Always write angry letters to your enemies.
Never mail them.
- James Fallows

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

Golf is a game in which you yell "fore,"
shoot six,
and write down five.
- Paul Harvey

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

The man who has done his level best...
is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography
until after they're dead.
- Samuel Goldwyn

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

I thought, if ever there were a time to write a book about hope,
it's now.
- Studs Terkel

Before you approach a production entity or even a potential producer,
you should write up a treatment and register your show
with the Writers Guild of America.
- Penelope Spheeris

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that
he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

I write to tell my grandchildren where they come from,
and what their grandparents were up to,
and I hope they will in their own way continue.
I invite anyone else to listen in.
- Arthur Hertzberg

It's not how big your pencil is; it's how you write your name.
- Dave Mustaine

The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue.
You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure
of others and finally for money.
- Marcel Achard

I'd rather write one good book than ten mediocre ones.
- Donna Tartt

What I do say is that I can write verse,
and that the writing of verse in strict form is the
best possible training for writing good prose.
- Philip Pullman

I found a certain kind of music congenial to me;
it never occurred to me to write music that was academically acceptable.
- Carlisle Floyd

Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
- Anatole France

Whether it's string writing or whatever,
I try to write for what each instrumentalist can do best.
- Chuck Mangione

I don't want to write any more for the old Man-power
instruments and am handicapped by the lack of adequate
electrical instruments for which I now conceive my music.
- Edgard Varese

Now I can't wait to write my next play.
- Scott Caan

Don't write the book you think publishers want to commission.
Plenty of other writers will be doing the same thing.
- Louise Brown

I formed a resolution to never write a word I did not want to write;
to think only of my own tastes and ideals,
without a thought of those of editors or publishers.
- C. S. Forester

I want to write a book which is the history of comedy.
- John Cleese

If you have a good selling idea, your secretary can write your ad for you.
- Morris Hite

I can't understand these chaps who go round American
universities explaining how they write poems:
It's like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.
- Philip Larkin

Even if I don't release it myself, somebody else might
hear it and want to record it.
When you write a song, it gives it that potential.
- Smokey Robinson

I wanted to write for Broadway.
- Cynthia Weil

I think that as I continue to write,
my writing I hope will become more controversial and more provocative.
- Christopher Darden

But I do not have the reader in mind when I write.
No true writer does that.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I find that most people know what a story is until
they sit down to write one.
- Flannery O'Connor

Absolutely.
I can produce.
I can write.
I can direct.
- Frank Langella


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