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People may think I'm trying something new by telling stories, but they're just jokes connected to give the illusion of stories. But really, I just continue using my imagination and creating. That's what I do.
Water, stories, the body, all the things we do, are mediums that hid and show what's hidden.
Love is the answer to everything. It's the only reason to do anything. If you don't write stories you love, you'll never make it. If you don't write stories that other people love, you'll never make it.
All my stories are like the Greek and Roman myths, and the Egyptian myths, and the Old and New Testament.
The first stories I wrote when I was 12 were about Mars and landing on Mars.
Most of my short stories are fantasy.
My stories run up and bite me on the leg - I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.
Anyone with a smart phone is a potential eyewitness cameraman capturing and transmitting stories at speeds that turn Reuter photos and traditional reporting into, well... yesterday's news.
My best advice for writers is: Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly - all these make for great stories.
Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.
I used to take my short stories to girls' homes and read them to them. Can you imagine the reaction reading a short story to a girl instead of pawing her?
I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories.
My stories always have these twisted happy endings, and the boy always gets the girl.
People say I make up wild stories. But all I have to do is write down stuff that really happens.
In my father's generation, the product was 80 percent of what you were putting into the world, and your personal life was 20 percent. It now seems that 80 percent of the product I put out is silly, made-up stories and what I'm wearing.
The bright future is that readers are accepting more varied forms of stories.
When I hear other people's stories, I like to believe that they contribute to my 'Encyclopedia of Human Experience.' The stories I hear help me expand my definition of what love is, what pain feels like, what sacrifice means, what laughter can do.
I never saw any of my dad's stories. My mother said he had piles and piles of manuscripts.
I think looking back to my own childhood, the fact that so many of the stories I read allowed the possibility of frogs turning into princes, whether that has a sort of insidious affect on rationality, I'm not sure. Perhaps it's something for research.
I can remember being home from school with tonsillitis and writing stories in bed to pass the time.
Some stories are true that never happened.
Horror stories give us a way of exhausting our emotions around social issues, like a woman's right to an abortion, which I always thought was the core of 'Rosemary's Baby,' or the backlash against feminism which I always thought was the core to 'Stepford Wives.'
We've all heard stories of lottery winners, rock stars, heirs and heiresses, and professional athletes becoming millionaire morons who wake up rich but are broke by nightfall.
Most country songs, certainly all the stuff I've written, are stories driven by characters.
What I'm always trying to do with every book is to recreate the effect of the stories we heard as children in front of campfires and fireplaces - the ghost stories that engaged us.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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