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Reading and Creating

As you read a book word by word and page by page, you participate in its creation, just as a cellist playing a Bach suite participates, note by note, in the creation, the coming-to-be, the existence, of the music. And,

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Creativity: Crushing and Glorious

Creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery. The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

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Don’t Wait for Inspiration

Don’t wait for others to inspire you. Don’t wait for inspiration at all…there’s no better reason to tell your story than a simple love of words. ~ Cara Lopez Lee

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Speculative Fiction: Culture Lab

Speculative Fiction: Culture Lab by Betsy James Speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, and slipstream) gives voice to those who explore societal and technological change along with deeper considerations of underlying archetypes of human experience. ~ from the

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The World is Made of…

The world is made of stories, not of atoms. ~ Muriel Rukeyser

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The Book That Sparked My Love of Science Fiction

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne? The Time Machine by H.G. Wells? Brave New World by Aldous Huxley? All great books, but none of these classics was the first to take me away to another world. By 1967,

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When the Magic Comes…

We…don’t know what it is that sometimes comes to make our books alive. All we can do is to write dutifully and day after day, every day, giving our work the very best of what we are capable. I don’t

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Timeless Characters, Timeless Advice

In any kind of writing, knowing what to omit is as important as knowing what to include.

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Dip Up the Fire and Put It On Paper

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A Writer Is…

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All who wander are not lost. ~ JRR Tolkien

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