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Alan Dean Foster Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Alan Dean Foster

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I write early in the morning, usually after reading
portions of at least half a dozen newspapers on the web.
- Alan Dean Foster

I try to challenge myself as much as possible,
as often as possible.
- Alan Dean Foster

Advances have fallen, generally, for everything except
the biggest potential bestsellers.
Given all the changes, both economic and technological,
SF hasn't done too badly.
- Alan Dean Foster

I hear entire symphonies, oratorios,
in my head,
but I can't write a note.
- Alan Dean Foster

 

Writing allows me the time to travel and see the world,
which is what I always wanted to do.
I'd really like to have been Sir Richard Francis Burton,
but it's the wrong century.
- Alan Dean Foster

I see the Jedi mission as giving up a normal life in
exchange for protecting the innocent.
It's a life of sacrifice.
There are rewards, but also a certain degree of sterility.
- Alan Dean Foster

In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement,
every character is based directly on someone I have known.
- Alan Dean Foster

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I have a bad tendency to get rapidly bored with my own material,
so rewriting is hard for me.
I mean, I already know the story and would rather read something new.
- Alan Dean Foster

Don't try to write to the trend of the moment.
- Alan Dean Foster

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
- Alan Dean Foster

How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story.
For fantasy, none at all.
- Alan Dean Foster

I've been writing full-time since 1978.
- Alan Dean Foster

Living gives you a better understanding of life.
I would hope that my characters have become deeper
and more rounded personalities.
Wider travels have given me considerably greater insight
into how cultural differences affect not only people,
but politics and art.
- Alan Dean Foster

I usually do one con a year as a GoH and try to make
the World Fantasy Convention for business purposes.
Last year I went to a worldcon for the first time in two decades.
I may go again this year.
- Alan Dean Foster

Getting inside the mind of a terrorist wasn't difficult at all.
Even as children, human beings fabricate elaborate revenge fantasies.
We're not a particular species.
Check out popular video games.
- Alan Dean Foster

The overwhelming triumph of the international multimedia
conglomerate has resulted in less diversity within
the field and has made it much harder for newer writers not only to break in,
but to make any kind of a living while doing so.
- Alan Dean Foster

Growing up, I never gave a thought to being a writer.
All I ever wanted to be was a traveler and explorer.
Science-fiction allowed me to go places that were otherwise inaccessible,
which is why I started reading it.
I was going to be a lawyer, but I got saved.
- Alan Dean Foster

There's certainly more new SF available than when I started writing.
That means there's also more bad SF available.
Whether there is also more good is a matter for future historians of the field.
- Alan Dean Foster

I enjoy listening to classical music and heavy metal.
I play basketball and try to go diving at least once a year.
I don't really have hobbies in the traditional sense...
I engage in too many activities already through the
actions of my characters.
- Alan Dean Foster

Dawn was written well before 9/11.
People speak a lot today about the banality of evil,
but not all evil is banal.
Some of it is carefully structured and well-thought-out.
That's where the real danger lies.
- Alan Dean Foster

Besides the mistakes that are pointed out,
I love the way readers become involved with the characters.
When readers start asking about character motivations
instead of concentrating on the special effects,
it means you're connecting with them on a personal level.
- Alan Dean Foster

Keep writing.
Try to do a little bit every day, even if the result looks like crap.
Getting from page four to page five is more important
than spending three weeks getting page four perfect.
- Alan Dean Foster

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw PHOTO

Always speak the truth,
think before you speak,
and write it down afterwards.
- Lewis Carroll

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

Persevere. Plan. Strategize. Focus. Breathe. Write.
Let go: relax. Forgive. All this failing: take a nap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
- Edgar Allan Poe

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

Golf is a game in which you yell "fore,"
shoot six,
and write down five.
- Paul Harvey

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

The man who has done his level best...
is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

Always write angry letters to your enemies.
Never mail them.
- James Fallows

I wanted to try to write songs on the piano to get a different flavor.
- Aimee Mann

I think that as I continue to write,
my writing I hope will become more controversial and more provocative.
- Christopher Darden

When my writing really started to take off was when
I made a decision that I would write only what I wanted to write,
and if 10 people wanted to hear it, that's fine.
- David Friedman

The only other thing which I think is important is:
Don't write a book or start a book with the expectation
of communicating a message in a very important way.
- Norton Juster

I borrowed a guitar at age 16 and taught myself to
play because I wanted to write songs.
- Adrian Belew

I did what most writers do when something happens that's overwhelming,
fascinating, moving, all of that.
I didn't know what else to do about it except write about it.
- Patti Davis

There comes a time when every scientist,
even God, has to write off an experiment.
- P. D. James

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

They needed someone to write a script of The Great
Gatsby very quickly for the movie they were making.
I took this job so I'd be sure to have some dough to support my family.
- Francis Ford Coppola

How vain it is to sit down to write
when you have not stood up to live.
- Henry David Thoreau

I prefer to write music for family films.
I like people.
- Alex North

Right now, I have no idea what I will write or if I will write again.
- Michael Ondaatje

I only write about what I do, what happens to me.
- Brownie McGhee

I really don't want to write a score until the whole show is cast and staged.
- Stephen Sondheim

I don't write poems and put them to music.
Just let things flow.
- Martin Gore

Everything that you read is an influence on everything you write,
and you want to draw as many elements into your work as you can.
- Walter Jon Williams

I love to write, to sing, to make music.
Not to act: I am horrible.
- Kim Carnes

I think getting the rest of the guys in the band to write is important.
- Donnie Iris

Write what you like; there is no other rule.
- O. Henry

I've learned any fool can write a bad ad,
but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Be kind and considerate with your criticism...
It's just as hard to write a bad book as it is to write a good book.
- Malcolm Cowley

There ain't any news in being good.
You might write the doings of all the convents of the
world on the back of a postage stamp,
and have room to spare.
- Finley Peter Dunne

I had developed this habit of writing scenarios as a hobby.
I would find out which stories had been sold to be
made into films and I would write my own treatment and then compare it.
- Satyajit Ray

I'm aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences,
premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature,
magic.
- Isabel Allende

I write the poems first, with only a few exceptions for odd reasons,
where I'm given the illustration first.
- Jack Prelutsky

When I read it, I don't wince, which is all I ever ask for a book I write.
- Norman Mailer

If you want to write the next great novel,
but you think, No, this won't work because no one will
buy it or it won't be any good,
then you talk yourself out of taking a risk.
- John Tesh


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