There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. (“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”)
Writers - Writing Quotes
The study of English has been one of my passions ever since childhood. There’s a body of children’s literature in English far more charming than what exists in French. I loved to read “Alice in Wonderland,” “Peter Pan,” George Eliot, and even Rosamond Lehmann.
Why should we talk about me? Don’t you think I’ve done enough in my three books of memoirs?
With “American Sniper,” I got the book and I put the work in, asked Clint Eastwood to direct it; we spent the time and got the script right and took it from the beginning of an idea all the way to the end.
The worst thing about sketches is that they are the most labor intensive form of comedy you can do. Because you have to put almost as many resources and almost as much writing and story has to go into a sketch as goes into a half hour or hour. But a sketch only lasts about […]
The hobbits are just what I should like to have been but never was – an entirely unmilitary people who always came up to scratch in a clinch.
SF is the most difficult thing there is to write, and I’m essentially a lazy person, so I like to write other things when I can.
Almost any assumption can be violated in SF, on the condition that you know what the assumption is and that you know you are breaking it and can let the reader know that you know. Unfortunately, in many cases, people who write SF violate the laws of nature, not because they want to make a […]
We authors in SF are more or less friends; we inhabit a small, specialized world in which we are comfortable, and the general feeling is that ideas are common property: if one SF writer thinks up something which is very useful, another may put it into his own words and use it freely.
To me, any new idea is worth exploring. Even a bad new idea is better than a good formulized rut you might be in.