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All Quotes by author - Walter Jon Williams
" An SF author who reads only SF will have little new to contribute, but someone with a broader experience will bring more to the table. "
" Being a writer was never a choice, it was an irresistible compulsion. "
" Even if you only want to write science fiction, you should also read mysteries, poetry, mainstream literature, history, biography, philosophy, and science. "
" Everything that you read is an influence on everything you write, and you want to draw as many elements into your work as you can. "
" For every SF reader of that period, Robert A. Heinlein was also a touchstone. "
" Genre labels are useful only insofar as they help you find an audience. "
" How long it takes to write a book depends on its length. "
" I can't speak for the other authors, but what I hoped to achieve was to illuminate certain corners of the Lucas universe that hadn't yet been explored. "
" I found college useful for a lot of other reasons. It exposed me to a great many influences I wouldn't otherwise have encountered, and gave me a lot of time with some very intelligent people whose thoughts are still with me. "
" If you can find collaborators whose strengths compliment your own, the result can be more than the sum of its authors. "
" I'm in favor of any technology that makes my work available to the reading public at a reasonable price. "
" I'm not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I'm afraid of what real human beings to do other real human beings. "
" I now have to find a reason to write, every single day. "
" It's a tough job to tell a story when the audience already knows the ending, and the ending is bleak. "
" It's hard to generalize, because they're all different. When I started, I decided to take as much advantage as I could of the freedom offered by the SF field. "
" I've experienced writer's block, but never for more than a few days. "
" I've learned that I get blocked when my subconscious mind is telling me that I've taken the work in a wrong direction, and that once I start listening to what my subconscious is trying to tell me, I can work out the problem and get moving again. "
" I want a platform that, like a book or a magazine, I can carry into the bath or leave at the beach. "
" I wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember. "
" I was pretty much grown-up by the time I attended school in Britain - or as grown-up as I'll ever get. "
" I went to college, though I didn't take many writing courses. "
" Now I have to motivate myself much more than I had previously. "
" Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty, and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as a writer enjoys providing one. "
" Some of my ideas were shot down by Lucasfilm because they stepped on territory that has been reserved for the movies. I didn't have a problem with that. "
" That's why editors and publishers will never be obsolete: a reader wants someone with taste and authority to point them in the direction of the good stuff, and to keep the awful stuff away from their door. "
" The big battle at the end of DW isn't drawn from history, but it's influenced by history, certainly. "
" The Internet offers an interesting combination of advertising and community by participating in the community you can become an advertisement for yourself. "
" The mass-market paperback, for one, is too expensive. "
" The Rift, which was well over a thousand pages of manuscript, took two years. "
" Try to meet as many authors, agents, and editors as you can. "
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