Zitat des Tages von Laurell K. Hamilton:
I cannot say how strongly I object to people using other people's writing as research. Research is non-fiction, especially for horror, fantasy, science fiction. Do not take your research from other people's fiction. Just don't.
I'm not terribly fond of soapboxes.
If I'd been easily discouraged, I could have been a one-hit wonder.
I'm more influenced by my own interests than anyone else's. Writers have to entertain themselves, or they can't entertain anyone else.
When sex is necessary for the plot of a book, or a character development, then I don't shy away from it. Why should I?
I've been writing stories since I was 12. 'Writer's Digest' was one of my writing teachers, actually.
Perfection is an unattainable goal. It isn't going to be perfect. Just get words down on paper, and when you stumble to what you think is the end of the book, you will have hundreds of pages of words that came out of your head. It may not be perfect, but it looks like a book.
Two things I do well in books are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence are only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development.
I feel that if you are blessed, or lucky enough, to be doing well, you should help others.
I started off like everyone else does, slogging but having a compulsion to put words on paper. I didn't write or read horror or fantasy, other than children's fantasy, until I was in my teens.
Readers respond to every genre intensely, if it's a genre that appeals to them. Again, who can say why anyone enjoys horror and dark fantasy? If I can't answer the question for myself, I wouldn't dream of trying to answer it for others.
You'd think a sociopath assassin wouldn't have a fan following but he does.
I am a very linear thinker, so I write beginning to end. I write hundreds of pages per book that never make it into print.
Everyone spends their lives trying to balance their world between good and evil.
You either mellow at 30, or your head explodes - take your choice.
If people would write exactly what I wanted to read I wouldn't feel so compelled to write myself.
My writing style is very sensual, as in sensory detail.
I try not to worry about rewriting books that worked well the first time. I'm too busy writing new books to worry about things that are already in print.
I love animals, always have, and it seemed natural to help the ASPCA. Animals have no voice of their own, so we have to be that voice.
My characters surprise me constantly. My characters are like my friends - I can give them advice, but they don't have to take it. If your characters are real, then they surprise you, just like real people.
Never argue with your characters; they know themselves better than you do.
Now that I'm being very successful, publishers are trying to mainstream me, but I'm unabashedly genre. It's what I like to read, what I like to write.
I think that my vampires in general were influenced by my being allowed to watch the Hammer vampire films. Vampire Circus, also shown as Circus of Fear, was one of those movies.
Nothing wrong with making money or doing what you need to do to sell, but I think it shows when you're writing something to pay the bills and when you're writing something because it's really your version of the world.
The fey in this country keep to themselves, and are a separate nation, much like the American Indians, but with even more autonomy.
I always treated writing as a profession, never as a hobby. If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will.
I am not a morning person.
It was just you had to be strong, and if you weren't strong you're a victim and you're not going to make it. That was the reality when I was growing up.
Here's the secret to finishing that first book. Don't rewrite as you go.
I wasn't like most girls.
I think like a detective.
I like conventions. I like meeting and greeting. I'm perched on that edge where I'm getting more attention than I quite know what to do with, though.
Some people just don't seem to understand the concept of fiction. It is fiction; it ain't true, folks.
Most of the monsters... are based on some sort of mythology. Every culture and even some geographical areas have monsters and mythology that is their own.
Like most creative people I don't fit well into boxes.
What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in New Orleans, goes home with you.