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A 10-pound sack of potatoes lasts a long time.
— Octavia Estelle Butler

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A workshop is a way of renting an audience, and making sure you're communicating what you think you're communicating. It's so easy as a young writer to think you're been very clear when in fact you haven't.

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And by the way, I wanted to point out that Kindred is not science fiction. You'll note there's no science in it. It's a kind of grim fantasy.

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And I have this little litany of things they can do. And the first one, of course, is to write - every day, no excuses. It's so easy to make excuses. Even professional writers have days when they'd rather clean the toilet than do the writing.

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As a black and as a woman, I didn't think that I would really want to live in any of the eras before this, because I would inevitably be worse off. I would have spent more time struggling just to prove I was human than doing my work.

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At school I was always taller than the rest of my class, and because I was an only child, I was comfortable with adults but shy and awkward with other kids. I was quiet, bookish, and in spite of my size, hopeless at sports. In short, I was different. And even in the earliest grades, I got pounded for it.

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Beware, all too often we say what we hear others say. We think what we are told that we think. We see what we are permitted to see. Worse, we see what we are told that we see.

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But my problem with fantasy, and horror, and related genres, is that sometimes the problems are illogical.

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Delusional pain hurts just as much as pain from actual trauma. So what if it's all in your head?

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Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself.

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Every story I write adds to me a little, changes me a little, forces me to reexamine an attitude or belief, causes me to research and learn, helps me to understand people and grow.

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Fantasy is totally wide open; all you really have to do is follow the rules you've set. But if you're writing about science, you have to first learn what you're writing about.

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Getting your writing criticized can be a lot like getting skinned, and you respond to it just as enthusiastically.

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Here I was into astronomy, and here into anthropology, and there I go into geology. It was much more fun to be able to research and write about whatever I wanted to.

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Hollywood wants to go for the flash, because that's what a lot of them think science fiction is.

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How dull it is to have people defining you.

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I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and started writing science fiction around the same time.

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I don't know how much of a market there is for space opera. Just because it's in the movies doesn't mean magazines are buying it.

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I don't write about good and evil with this enormous dichotomy. I write about people. I write about people doing the kinds of things that people do.

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I had a long period of writing what I think of as 'save the world' novels. 'Fledgling' was a chance to play.

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I had novels to write, so I wrote them.

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I have a huge and savage conscience that won't let me get away with things.

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I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.

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I learned that five- and-six-year-old kids have already figured out how to be intolerant.

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I pecked my stories out two-fingered on the Remington portable typewriter my mother had bought me. I had begged for it when I was ten.

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I recognize we will pay more attention when we have different leadership.

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I talked to members of my family, and did some personal research that didn't really have anything to do with the time and place I was writing about, but that gave me a feeling of the experience of being black in a time and place where it was very difficult to be black.

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I think people really need to think what it's like to have all of society arrayed against you.

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I think we need people with stronger ideals than John Kerry or Bill Clinton. I think we need people with more courage and vision.

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I took classes taught by an elderly woman who wrote children's stories. She was polite about the science fiction and fantasy that I kept handing in, but she finally asked in exasperation, 'Can't you write anything normal?'

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I used to give up writing like some people would give up smoking.

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I wanted to write a novel that would make others feel the history: the pain and fear that black people have had to live through in order to endure.

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I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.

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I was raised Baptist, and I like the fact that I got my conscience installed early.

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I wasn't trying to work out my own ancestry. I was trying to get people to feel slavery. I was trying to get across the kind of emotional and psychological stones that slavery threw at people.

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I would never have been a good scientist - my attention span was too short for that.

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I'm comfortably asocial - a hermit in the middle of a large city, a pessimist if I'm not careful, a feminist, a black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty and drive.

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I'm not pessimistic about much of anything.

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I'm very happy alone.

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If vampires were a separate species, and they were into genetic engineering, what would they engineer for?

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In countries where there are no racial differences or no religious differences, people find other reasons to set aside one certain group of people and generally spit in their direction.

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Most of us don't have to worry about being shot if we poke our noses outside. So we are comfortable, but the people I'm writing about are definitely not comfortable, and being shot while they're still inside is a good possibility.

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Most of us don't have to worry about being shot of we poke our noses outside. So we are comfortable, but the people I'm writing about are definitely not comfortable, and being shot while they're still inside is a good possibility.

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Most of us, if we're not careful, tend to dehumanize the enemy.

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Most vampires I have discovered are men for some reason. I guess it's because of Dracula; people are kind of feeding off that.

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Movies are extremely imitative of one another. Whatever works, people will try to do it.

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My characters hope for better lives.

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My race and sex had a great deal more to do with what people believed I could do than with what I actually could do.

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No one was going to stop me from writing and no one had to really guide me towards science fiction. It was natural, really, that I would take that interest.

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No, I think the future of humanity will be like the past, we'll do what we've always done and there will still be human beings. Granted, there will always be people doing something different and there are a lot of possibilities.

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A 10-pound sack of potatoes lasts a long time.

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