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A good editor-and I don't claim to be one-can deduce the ideal elements of a writer's style and story and administer the necessary guidance to trick the writer into revealing it.
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A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching in just enough background to ground the specific story.
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All authors are created equal, but, as the editor, I'm somewhat more equal than all the others.
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Before I was a writer I was a computer programmer.
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During the many centuries that magic, here on this planet, was presumed to have worked, there were at least as many theories as to how magic worked as there were cultures and religions.
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Editorial processes are subjective, based on what's available at a given moment in time, and ultimately unfair.
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Editors of open anthologies actively seek submissions from all comers, established and unknown. They are willing to read whatever the tide washes up at their feet.
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Every so often I'd be able to write a scene with greater flourish because I'd gotten lucky with my words as I was writing them down, but no surprises.
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Flaws of style and sequence would fairly leap off the page and the means to correct them would, too.
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For me, writing a short story is much, much harder than writing a novel.
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Friends who are not writers try to be sympathetic and understanding of a writer's mood, but, truly, it takes one to know one.
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Gamers, especially the game masters, who are the primary audience for any game box, want precision because that's what the players want.
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I always make sure I have an escape clause that allows me to pull my name off a project if I have to abandon it.
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I can usually tell the difference between a short story idea and a novel-length one when someone describes the idea to me.
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I construct timelines for each story and a master timeline for sequencing the stories in the volume.
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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.
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I don't have any signed contracts right now, but my agent's out there shaking the bushes vigorously.
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I don't strive for perfect continuity, which is good, because I'd never achieve it.
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I guess it's good to be known for something.
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I have a problematic relationship with magic: when push comes to shove, I don't believe in it.
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I have some history books that I come back to when I'm trying to debug my worlds.
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I love writing Thieves' World, but I feel a responsibility, too, to the other authors. I've lost many nights' sleep worrying if I've made the sandbox too large, too small.
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I think my prose reads as if English were my second language. By the time I get to the end of a paragraph, I'm dodging bullets and gasping for breath.
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I wish I knew how to imagine a short story, because I rather like the form, but they're too time-consuming for me to write on a regular basis.
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I write sets of books, but I've also written a lot of orphans.
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I'm a writer first and an editor second... or maybe third or even fourth. Successful editing requires a very specific set of skills, and I don't claim to have all of them at my command.
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I'm always trolling for trivia.
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I'm dense when it comes to discouragement.
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I'm not constrained by being a genre writer. Any story I can imagine, I can cast as a fantasy novel and probably get it published.
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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.
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I've got two degrees in medieval history.
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I've read short stories that are as dense as a 19th century novel and novels that really are short stories filled with a lot of helium.
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I've thought about writing in other genres, but my imagination just doesn't seem to lead me in other directions.
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Ideas aren't magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down.
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If I want to write SF, I'll have to write it under another name.
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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.
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In the last few years I've become more reliant on the Internet for research. I'm addicted to Google.
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In the process of defending the integrity of my story, I would clean up the structural problems without focusing on them. I've used it myself with the writers I've mentored.
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It took me about 12 years to reach my million-word mark. The challenge now is to continue to challenge myself.
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It's been a long time since I've written old-fashioned sword and sorcery; I'm hoping it's like riding a bicycle.
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It's harder to get stand-alone material published, but it's worth the wait and effort, and then, if you really want to do a Star Trek novel, you can pretty much dictate the terms.
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It's possible to become so comfortable with one's style and structure that one ceases to grow.
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Magic works differently for every author who's written for the series.
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Magical realism is based on magical magic, that is, the happening of things that cannot be explained by the characters and are not explained by the author.
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My parents might say that I started telling stories when I learned to talk and decided that I'd become a writer the day I recognized a typewriter.
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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.
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Neophyte writers tend to believe that there is something magical about ideas and that if they can just get a hold of a good one, then their futures are ensured.
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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.
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Nothing is too obscure for my interest. You just never know when some quirk of science or history is going to prove useful.
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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.
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One of my great passions is the collection of historical trivia.
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Our little writer's colony existed for about three years and it would take nearly that long to share the stories we accumulated.
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Persistence pays and so does a willingness to follow directions.
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Short-story writing requires an exquisite sense of balance. Novelists, frankly, can get away with more. A novel can have a dull spot or two, because the reader has made a different commitment.
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That bedrock faith that I could write was what blinded me to attempts to discourage me.
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The actual process of selling my first novel was exciting at the time. I was no longer an apprentice but had become a journeyman.
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The books I've written for gaming companies are a like games of miniature golf where the object is to weave an interesting story through an obstacle course.
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The money can be decent, but I really don't recommend the work-for-hire route as an entry into publishing. Too many things can go wrong.
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There is nothing that compares to an unexpected round of applause.
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There's a lot of hearsay and worse out on the Internet and, though I write fiction, I like to think that my background information is solid.
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Thieves' World is otherwise known as the project that ate my life in the '80s.
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To feel free enough to write at all, I have to give my research a twist that allows me to say, Okay, this is NOT 12th century France.
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We've had a few inquiries from companies and individuals looking to develop an interactive, web-based game but, to date, none of them have progressed to the contract and license stage.
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Were I to decide that I didn't want to be a genre writer, or that I wanted to switch genres, I'd be looking at starting over.
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When I have an idea, it goes from vague, cloudy notion to 100,000 words in a heartbeat.
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When I'm not writing or tweaking my computer, I do embroidery. When I'm not plunging into the past, tweaking, or embroidering, I'm reading books about history, computers, or embroidery.
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