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It took me about 12 years to reach my million-word mark. The challenge now is to continue to challenge myself.
If you write, one of the questions you're always trying to answer is, Where do you get your ideas? And, if you write, you know how pointless a question this is and how difficult it is to answer.
Ideas aren't magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down.
I've read short stories that are as dense as a 19th century novel and novels that really are short stories filled with a lot of helium.
I'm one of those writers who, when writing, believes she's god-and that she hasn't bestowed free will on any of her characters. In that sense there are no surprises in any of my books.
I'm not constrained by being a genre writer. Any story I can imagine, I can cast as a fantasy novel and probably get it published.
I'm dense when it comes to discouragement.
I'm always trolling for trivia.
I'm a writer first and an editor second... or maybe third or even fourth. Successful editing requires a very specific set of skills, and I don't claim to have all of them at my command.
I write sets of books, but I've also written a lot of orphans.
I think my prose reads as if English were my second language. By the time I get to the end of a paragraph, I'm dodging bullets and gasping for breath.
I do have a small collection of traditional SF ideas which I've never been able to sell. I'm known as a fantasy writer and neither my agent nor my editors want to risk my brand by jumping genre.
For me, writing a short story is much, much harder than writing a novel.
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