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  • #1
    Christopher Bram
    “The fact of the matter is that readers and audiences are never blank slates: individuals see in a work whatever they need to see at that moment.”
    Christopher Bram, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America

  • #2
    Dean Wesley Smith
    “English teachers, workshops, and myths try to make writers slow down. We are the ONLY ART on the planet that tells young artists to not practice and do less to get better. Head-shaking in its stupidity. And new writers buy into that.”
    Dean Wesley Smith

  • #3
    Jim C. Hines
    “But 'I worked hard on this' doesn’t exempt you from criticism. Those harsh reviews aren’t about anyone being out to get me. It’s not an Authors vs. Reviewers thing. It’s people taking the time to express their opinions because they care about this stuff."

    [Us vs. Them vs. Grow the Hell Up (Blog post, September 1, 2013)]”
    Jim C. Hines

  • #4
    Jim C. Hines
    “I’ve said for years — ever since I figured out how to write Goblin Hero — that it’s important to give yourself permission to write crap. Perfection is the destroyer of art. It’s paralyzing. Art, whether it’s writing or painting or anything else, requires risk. And risk means you’re going to make mistakes. Sometimes you’re going to fail.”
    Jim C. Hines

  • #5
    John Scalzi
    “If your social consciousness seems stuck in 1975, 2014 is gonna be a rough ride.”
    John Scalzi

  • #6
    Angela Highland
    “If the first words out of your mouth are to cry ‘political correctness!’, … chances are very, very high that you are in fact part of the problem.”
    Angela Highland

  • #7
    Scott William Carter
    “You become a great writer by writing lots and lots of stories, not by rewriting the same story over and over again.”
    Scott William Carter

  • #8
    “Being defiant is a two-year-old who doesn't want to go to bed when he's tired. Being resolute is standing one's ground even in the face of opposition. It's a man's virtue, not a toddler's vice.”
    Minisinoo, FINDING HIMSELF

  • #9
    “The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.”
    Chuck Close

  • #10
    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    “The only way to build a fan base is to have a lot of material out there for readers to find. You can't manufacture a fan base. You create it, one story at a time.”
    Kristine Kathryn Rusch

  • #11
    Ira Glass
    “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
    Ira Glass

  • #12
    Calvin Coolidge
    “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
    Calvin Coolidge

  • #13
    Bruce Lee
    “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”
    Bruce Lee

  • #14
    Elmore Leonard
    “I can't allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.”
    Elmore Leonard

  • #15
    John Scalzi
    “If your flirting strategy is indistinguishable from harassment, it's not everyone else that's the problem.”
    John Scalzi

  • #16
    Jim C. Hines
    “New rule: every fantasy author who doesn't treat horses like tireless hairy motorcycles automatically gets a Hugo.”
    Jim C. Hines

  • #17
    Dean Wesley Smith
    “Yeah, I know what your English Professor tried to tell you. But if your English Professor could make a living writing fiction, they would have been doing it.”
    Dean Wesley Smith

  • #18
    Charles Stross
    “Contract law is essentially a defensive scorched-earth battleground where the constant question is, “if my business partner was possessed by a brain-eating monster from beyond spacetime tomorrow, what is the worst thing they could do to me?”
    Charles Stross

  • #19
    Victor J. Banis
    “Only the mediocre artist is always at his best.”
    Victor J. Banis

  • #20
    China Miéville
    “It is depressing to have to point out, yet again, that there is a distinction between having the legal right to say something & having the moral right not to be held accountable for what you say. Being asked to apologise for saying something unconscionable is not the same as being stripped of the legal right to say it. It’s really not very f-cking complicated. Cry “free speech” in such contexts, you are demanding the right to speak any bilge you wish without apology or fear of comeback. You are demanding not legal rights but an end to debate about and criticism of what you say. When did bigotry get so needy?
    China Miéville

  • #21
    George Clooney
    “At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.”
    George Clooney

  • #22
    Molly Ivins
    “Margaret Atwood, the Canadian novelist, once asked a group of women at a university why they felt threatened by men. The women said they were afraid of being beaten, raped, or killed by men. She then asked a group of men why they felt threatened by women. They said they were afraid women would laugh at them.”
    Molly Ivins, Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?

  • #23
    David Brin
    “Only people with full stomachs become environmentalists.”
    David Brin, Earth

  • #24
    Dalai Lama XIV
    “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”
    Dalai Lama XIV

  • #25
    Richard Feynman
    “Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves.”
    Richard Feynman

  • #26
    George Bernard Shaw
    “An author who gives a manager or publisher any rights in his work except those immediately and specifically required for its publication or performance is for business purposes an imbecile.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #27
    Jim C. Hines
    “1. Bullying is not okay. Period.

    2. Freedom of religion does not give you the right to physically or verbally assault people.

    3. If your sincerely-held religious beliefs require you to bully children, then your beliefs are fucked up.”
    Jim C. Hines

  • #28
    Anne Tenino
    “Sam. I've got news for you. Not every childhood trauma can be healed by finding the right penis."

    Sam looked devastated. He opened and closed his mouth, eyes wide, then suddenly slumped back against the railing, unable to support himself anymore. "You mean," his voice was barely a whisper. "All those romance novels lied?”
    Anne Tenino, Whitetail Rock

  • #29
    John Scalzi
    “In general there should be gay characters in YA because a) surprise, there are gay folks everywhere and b) in my opinion as a father, there’s not a damn thing wrong with my child encountering gay folks in her literature, because see point a).”
    John Scalzi

  • #30
    Jim C. Hines
    “Your religious beliefs are your business. They are not and should not be the basis for law. If you use them as justification to discriminate against others, don’t be upset when others decide you’re an asshole."

    [Blog post of July 26, 2011]”
    Jim C. Hines



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