Lynn Abbey Quotes

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.

God Quotes, Character Quotes, Writers Quotes

Neophyte writers tend to believe that there is something magical about ideas and that if they can just get a hold of a good one, then their futures are ensured.

Future Quotes, Ideas Quotes, Writers Quotes

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.

Success Quotes, Skill Quotes, Aim Quotes

 

During the many centuries that magic, here on this planet, was presumed to have worked, there were at least as many theories as to how magic worked as there were cultures and religions.

Work Quotes, Religion Quotes

One of my great passions is the collection of historical trivia.

Great Quotes, Passion Quotes

The money can be decent, but I really don't recommend the work-for-hire route as an entry into publishing. Too many things can go wrong.

Work Quotes, Money Quotes

My writing has to support more than my research habit, but I love to curl up with a book about some dusty corner of history.

Love Quotes, Habit Quotes, History Quotes

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.

Time Quotes, Language Quotes

Ideas aren't magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down.

Ideas Quotes

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 Quotes

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.

Risk Quotes, Ideas Quotes

When I'm not writing or tweaking my computer, I do embroidery. When I'm not plunging into the past, tweaking, or embroidering, I'm reading books about history, computers, or embroidery.

History Quotes

When I have an idea, it goes from vague, cloudy notion to 100,000 words in a heartbeat.

Heart Quotes

That bedrock faith that I could write was what blinded me to attempts to discourage me.

Courage Quotes, Faith Quotes

I'm dense when it comes to discouragement.

Courage Quotes

Short-story writing requires an exquisite sense of balance. Novelists, frankly, can get away with more. A novel can have a dull spot or two, because the reader has made a different commitment.

Commitment Quotes, Balance Quotes

It's been a long time since I've written old-fashioned sword and sorcery; I'm hoping it's like riding a bicycle.

Time Quotes

No one uses a ribbon typewriter any more, but your final draft is not the time to try to wring a few more sheets out of your inkjet cartridge.

Time Quotes

It took me about 12 years to reach my million-word mark. The challenge now is to continue to challenge myself.

Challenge Quotes