Walter J. Williams Quotes


34 Walter J. Williams quotes:



"An SF author who reads only SF will have little new to contribute, but someone with a broader experience will bring more to the table."
"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."
"For every SF reader of that period, Robert A. Heinlein was also a touchstone."
"Genre labels are useful only insofar as they help you find an audience."
"How long it takes to write a book depends on its length."
"I can't speak for the other authors, but what I hoped to achieve was to illuminate certain corners of the Lucas universe that hadn't yet been explored."
"I don't know why they were so intent on drawing autobiographical work from students who were so young they really didn't have an autobiography."
"I found college useful for a lot of other reasons. It exposed me to a great many influences I wouldn't otherwise have encountered, and gave me a lot of time with some very intelligent people whose thoughts are still with me."
"I went to college, though I didn't take many writing courses."
"I'm not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I'm afraid of what real human beings to do other real human beings."
"I've learned that I get blocked when my subconscious mind is telling me that I've taken the work in a wrong direction, and that once I start listening to what my subconscious is trying to tell me, I can work out the problem and get moving again."
"It's hard to generalize, because they're all different. When I started, I decided to take as much advantage as I could of the freedom offered by the SF field."
"Now I have to motivate myself much more than I had previously."
"Some of my ideas were shot down by Lucasfilm because they stepped on territory that has been reserved for the movies. I didn't have a problem with that."
"That's why editors and publishers will never be obsolete: a reader wants someone with taste and authority to point them in the direction of the good stuff, and to keep the awful stuff away from their door."
"The decisions about which technologies to include were strictly pragmatic. I got rid of anything that would get in the way of the drama."
"Try to meet as many authors, agents, and editors as you can."
"Working within the limitations of the shared world generally made the writing easier, because I didn't have to invent any of the characters or background, which is usually the hardest part."
"Being a writer was never a choice, it was an irresistible compulsion."
"I'm in favor of any technology that makes my work available to the reading public at a reasonable price."



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