Yesterday on twitter, I expressed annoyance with the hundreds of people who send me emails or tumblr messages or whatever to let me know that they illegally downloaded one of my books, as if they expect me to reply with my hearty congratulations that they are technologically sophisticated enough…
“Literature is supposed to be a sweaty, close-up thing. I want it to reach out and grab you and pull you into a sweaty embrace so you can’t let go.”—Stephen King, A Good Read, Maine Public Television, August 2004
We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.
They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth.
”—George R. R. Martin,originally published in The Faces of Fantasy: Photographs by Pati Perret
Blaming “Writer’s Block” is wonderful. It removes any responsibility from the person with the “block.” It gives you something to blame, and it sounds fancy.
But it’s probably more honest to think of it as a combination of laziness, perfectionism, and Getting Stuck. If you’re being lazy, don’t be. If you’re being a perfectionist, don’t be. And if you’re stuck, figure out where the story went off the rails, or what you got wrong, or where you need to go deeper, or what you need to add to make it work, and then start writing again.”
“When I sit down and start writing I don’t know any more about what’s happening in the page then I knew when I was in my 20’s. The difference is that I trust that a lot more than when I was in my 20’s—that’s the process. That’s necessary. When I was in my 20’s I was scared of that. And I’m not scared of that. In fact, now I am afraid of knowing too much. And I try to do something every time out that I don’t know. That’s going to push me out beyond what I know.”—Russell Banks, interviewed by Robert Birnbaum
“I reserve a nuclear fireball of hatred for the tabloid asshats who fetishize the supposed weight losses and gains of celebrities, and thus, help fuel the eating disorders of millions. Burn, you toxic scum. Burn slowly. Burn and then heal a little bit, and then remember all the lives you screwed up and the pain you caused and rip your scabs open so you can burn anew. Until the end of time.”—From my blog, 3/2/12, "ANA and MIA and ED want to kill you - an overdue post."