How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, chapter 5


The writers's self-image. Writers have to simultaneously believe the following two things:

1. The story I am now working on is the greatest work of genius ever written in English.
2. The story I am now working on is worthless drivel.

[Believing 1 as you're sending and 2 as you're editing, etc.]

How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, chaper 1


You know when you think you shouldn't bother to create something because it's already been done 1 million times?

The novelty and freshness you'll bring to the field won't come from the new ideas you think up. Truly new ideas are rare, and usually turn out to be variations on old themes anyway. No, your freshness will come from the way you think, from the person you are; it will invariably show up in your writing, provided you don't mask it with heavy-handed formulas or clichés.

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, chapter 1


The Infinite Boundary

...whatever is published within the field of science fiction and fantasy is science fiction and fantasy, and if it doesn't resemble what science fiction and fantasy were twenty years ago, some readers and writers will howl, but others will hear the new voice and see the new vision with delight. 

The Fifth Season, prologue


The Prologue in this book is better than anything I have ever written or imagined, and better than quite a lot of things I have read.

I was not expecting to be so instantly hooked, it usually takes me a few chapters to really get into a book.

On Clichés, introduction


Written in 1979:

Daily speech, for example, tends to loose its substance of meaning when a society modernises. As a result, the art of conversation is increasingly forgotten. Instead, modern man has become a virtuoso in chatter...

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), chapter 9


Never put yourself down about things that you create. That mean voice inside you that says, 'You're not good enough' is not your friend, okay? I used to hear that voice all the time. If I hadn't started ignoring it, I wouldn't be here right now.

There are enough negative forces in this world - don't let the pessimistic voice that lives inside you get away with that stuff, too.

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), chapter 6

Every second of writing that script felt like walking barefoot over shards of glass. I would write a bit and then I would sob, wanting desperately to erase what I'd just written. Oh God, that's not a scene, no one acts like that. I have no idea what to make happen, who should talk next? I hate myself. Then I would force my fingers to type more, every word feeling like I was bleeding from every orifice. I was engulfed with fearof making mistakes, of writing something stupid, of encountering story problems I couldn't think my way out of.

The creative process isn't easy [...]. It's more like a wobbly, drunken journey down a very steep and scary hill, not knowing if there's a sheer cliff at the end of it all.

I sometimes look at successful people and think, I could do that! I could be there I WANT to be there!, coverting the end result without understanding the WORK that proceeded it. I wanted to have written a script...

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), chapter 3

If you strive for something, make sure it's for the right reasons. And if you fail, that will be a better lesson for you than any success you'll ever have. Because you learn a lot from screwing up.

Going to drum this failure-is-okay stuff into my head until I get it. REALLY get it.

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Intro

But the heart of this story is that the world opened up for me once I decided to embrace who I am -- unapologetically. 

What the Astronaut Said


This article made me re-evaluate the value of what I do:

The woman I was shaking hands with had been through the NASA training gauntlet. She had a PhD. She flew fighter jets. She would go to space one day. Me, I make up stuff about aliens and talking computers. It was a joke compared to her.

But the astronaut looked between me and my mom, and she said, “What you guys do gets us up there.”