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One of the agonies of being an author is to know when to stop writing.
Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himself.
The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It's not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.
And now, I'm a best selling author, a different sort of fairy tale that I still sometimes wonder when I'll wake up from.
A children's author on a soapbox is not a pleasant sight but I have become drawn into issues, slightly unwillingly, relating to young people, literacy and youth justice: just look at the number of young people we have locked up in prison, and the uselessness of it.
As a children's author, reviewers are generally very nice to you. I only ever wrote one adult book and received such a kicking for it that I was in trauma for the next six months.
I actually own a copy of my own book; that's how dedicated I am as an author.
One of the great currents in the contemporary experience of art is that it seems to come out of the experience of the author.
The things I write are for those who are willing to accept a new relationship between the reader and the author.
Every song has a composer, every book has an author, every car has a maker, every painting has a painter, and every building has a builder. So it isn't irrational to take this simple logic a little further and say that nature must have had a Maker. It would be irrational to believe that it made itself.
The author O. Henry taught me about the value of the unexpected. He once wrote about the noise of flowers and the smell of birds - the birds were chickens and the flowers dried sunflowers rattling against a wall.
When we read, we are doing more than delectating words on a page stories, characters, images, notions. We are communing with the mind of the author.
It can be difficult workshopping novels because any questions or qualms you have as the author can be like, 'That's next chapter, don't worry about it!' I don't think the workshop is set up so well to do that for novels.
Now, Venus is an extremely hostile environment, and as such presents a lot of challenges for a science fiction author who wants to create life there. However, as I began to research it more thoroughly, I found myself intrigued by the possibilities the world offers.
Each book tends to have its own identity rather than the author's. It speaks from itself rather than you. Each book is unlike the others because you are not bringing the same voice to every book. I think that keeps you alive as a writer.
E. L. Doctorow
Who learns most from a good book is the author.
I don't think the author should make the reader do that much work to remember who somebody is.
Kevin J. Anderson
I think that every so-called history book and film biography should be prefaced by the statement that what follows is the author's rendition of events and circumstances.
It's easier to come up with new stories than it is to finish the ones you already have. I think every author would feel that way.
I have relaxed into my persona as an author, although I used to fight that.
Time made me change. I gradually woke up to the realization that this is who I am, an author, a public figure, and I couldn't just hide in my study, tapping away at the keyboard and pretend that I didn't have a role to play beyond stringing words together.
Oh, I think every author is inspired by all of the books that she reads.
The dwarfed trees of the Chinese and Japanese have been noticed by every author who has written upon these countries, and all have attempted to give some description of the method by which the effect is produced.
The prime goal of an author is the same as a musician, which is to emotionally connect with the reader in some way or another.
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.
Walter Jon Williams
I wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember.
Walter Jon Williams
But the longer I'm in the business, you see a lot of times these screenplays have been rewritten 5 times and you're not really offending an author.
President Roosevelt, the author of Social Security, was the first to suggest that, in order to provide for the country's retirement needs, Social Security would need to be supplemented by personal savings accounts.
Readers always seem to think that the author has some control over the design of their books.
A bad author can take the most moral issue and make you want to just never, ever think about that moral issue.
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