I'm not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I'm afraid of what real human beings to do other real human beings.
Now I have to motivate myself much more than I had previously.
I found college useful for a lot of other reasons. It exposed me to a great many influences I wouldn't otherwise have encountered, and gave me a lot of time with some very intelligent people whose thoughts are still with me.
I've learned that I get blocked when my subconscious mind is telling me that I've taken the work in a wrong direction, and that once I start listening to what my subconscious is trying to tell me, I can work out the problem and get moving again.
If you can find collaborators whose strengths compliment your own, the result can be more than the sum of its authors.
Genre labels are useful only insofar as they help you find an audience.
It's a tough job to tell a story when the audience already knows the ending, and the ending is bleak.
I've experienced writer's block, but never for more than a few days.
The mass-market paperback, for one, is too expensive.
When state and religion are one, religion becomes a means for the powerful to remain in power.
The big battle at the end of DW isn't drawn from history, but it's influenced by history, certainly.
Being a writer was never a choice, it was an irresistible compulsion.
Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty, and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as a writer enjoys providing one.
I was pretty much grown-up by the time I attended school in Britain - or as grown-up as I'll ever get.
The Internet offers an interesting combination of advertising and community by participating in the community you can become an advertisement for yourself.
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.
I wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember.
I now have to find a reason to write, every single day.
For every SF reader of that period, Robert A. Heinlein was also a touchstone.
I went to college, though I didn't take many writing courses.