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Writing allows me the time to travel and see the world,
by 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 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

Of all the arts in which the wise excel,
nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.
- Andre Breton

Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure
I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation.
- Laurence Sterne

I'm incapable of writing without social commentary.
I like to think that it's integrated and not really heavy handedly didactic.
- John Shirley

Lyric writing is an interesting process in Sonic Youth.
There's three people writing now, and we've all had
a lot of interest and involvement with expression through words.
- Thurston Moore

I believe that writing is derivative.
I think good writing comes from good reading.
- Charles Kuralt

I think I'm drawn to writing about something which
feels intense and important.
- Rose Tremain

Reduce your plan to writing.
The moment you complete this, you will have definitely
given concrete form to the intangible desire.
- Napoleon Hill

Writing fiction is...
an endless and always defeated effort to capture some
quality of life without killing it.
- Rose Wilder Lane

Writing is a really good first step toward that goal of knowing yourself.
- Jewel Kilcher

I've written many extra verses to songs that I learned to sing -
an extra verse about a friend,
or just add some verse - and that led to writing my own songs.
- Jackson Browne

You're successful if you can get one person to pick
it up and put it on the turntable and go,
Wow, thanks for writing that!
- Dan Fogelberg

We decided we didn't want to do a musical for TV because
the idea of writing a musical that would be seen on
television once seems insane.
- Neil Tennant

It helps to be able to be alone.
'Cuz writing is done alone, unless you collaborate,
but I don't do that.
Ask my ex-wife.
- Dirk Benedict

For some reason, the concept of writing with swing chords was intimidating.
- Suzy Bogguss

When I went to college I took a creative writing class
and decided in a week to be a writer.
- David Guterson

I don't have a special place or ritual for writing songs,
basically I write songs whenever an idea hits me,
in my hotel room, on the road, in the plane.
- Kelly Jones

The journalism school helped me develop writing skills,
and I had been enjoying cartooning from a very young age.
My interest in puppetry, however, came much later.
- William Jackson

Fantastic writing in English is kind of disreputable,
but fantastic writing in translation is the summit.
- Jonathan Lethem

Writing as a woman presents enormous problems but I
have attempted it several times and haven't had many complaints.
- Jim Harrison

I spent as much time writing proposals in '98 and '99
as I did writing scripts.
- Mark Millar

Writing the book was itself a process of concealing and revealing.
- Rick Moody

If you're writing a novel, you're in a room for three or four years.
There's not much coming in from the outside.
- Mordecai Richler

Writing has been so much a part of my life that I'm
really quite annoyed that I can't do as much as I used to.
- Anne McCaffrey

I don't expect you'll hear me writing any poems to
the greater glory of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
- Robert Penn Warren

Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
- Bernard Malamud

For a director and a producer to be named on the writing
credits is practically unheard of.
- Terry Southern

I have grown in my writing and I care about it now
and I know how important it is to write stuff.
- Charles King

Planning to write is not writing.
Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing,
none of that is writing.
Writing is writing.
- E. L. Doctorow

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
- E. L. Doctorow

I write because I can't imagine not writing.
- Richard Price

While I have corrected agreed factual errors,
I have not been inhibited from writing what I felt
to be the truth about The Prince of Wales.
- Jonathan Dimbleby

I stopped working a few years ago because I just lost
a spark that I'd had before.
I thought I'd just try writing, and maybe start directing,
but I did it very quietly.
- Dustin Hoffman

Writing is like getting married.
One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.
- Iris Murdoch

I like writing because you can make things happen and
turn out the way they never do in real life.
- Rob Reiner

No, I have to really focus, especially when I'm writing
because I wanna be good at it.
- Tom Araya

I took acting lessons when I was 19,
20,
and I had my writing.
- Michael Ironside

Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on,
my literary efforts from the age of about nine running
chiefly to poetry and plays.
- Patrick White


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