Words matter. These are the best Raymond E. Feist Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Often I’ll try things that just won’t happen the way I’d like them to, so hearing that they’re not working saves me some wear and tear the next time around.
Also, it’s risky to try to duplicate earlier success. Magician had a certain charm to it, mostly due to my choice of lead characters, that I would be hard put to duplicate.
If I leave my computer, I’m probably not going to get back for hours. If I take a few minutes to answer questions and go web surfing, then guilt kicks in and I get back to work.
Jigsaw Lady is the working title of a science fiction novel I’ve had in my head for darn near 15 years. I think I’ll start work on it next year (in all my spare time) but I’d like to get it finished some day.
I won’t say that writing is therapy, but for me, the act of writing is therapy. The ability to be productive is good for my mental health. It’s always better for me to be writing than vegetating on some couch.
One of the key issues will be personal honour vs. the good of the many, and unforeseen consequences.
I don’t like fantasy where a king snaps his fingers and suddenly a whole army appears and goes off to war – he’s got to feed them, he’s got to pay them, he’s got to take care of the camp followers and the gamblers and the people who cause disorder.
Writing is not a competitive sport. Everyone that writes has his or her own voice.
As a kid, I sat transfixed watching Ray Harryhausen’s ‘7th Voyage of Sinbad.’
Either systems are in balance or they are falling apart. If people are acting in what appears to be a twisted way, I want to know the reason for that.
Writing is hard work; it’s also the best job I’ve ever had.
You can only have one first born child. You may love all your children deeply and with passion, but there is something unique about the first born.
One likes to think one grows as a writer as one ages, else all you get is an ‘old’ young writer. Beyond that is the changing landscape of the universe and the stories I choose to tell.
Mostly I’m writing about people, so I feel constrained to take with me my view of people, my curiosity about how people choose the things they do and why they come to certain decisions in a certain fashion and all the things that drive most writers.
I keep threatening to write a non-fantasy book, and they keep offering me the kind of money I can’t refuse to write a fantasy. That’s a good thing. I have to pay my mortgage, and I have to pay for my Chargers season tickets.
I’ve never worried about ‘the reader’ because there isn’t one. There are thousands, and they all have strong opinions, from ‘Magician’ was the best ever,’ and I’ve gone downhill since to ‘The new book is the best ever,’ so to whom to I listen? So I write for myself and hope other people like it.
The issue of the Betrayal was so central to that, I felt the need to comment upon it. My choices were to ignore the games and put them ‘outside’ of continuity or to integrate them. I chose the latter.
I’m a huge fan of Cabernet and Bordeaux, and am passionate about Pinot Noir and Burgundies.
When you talk about fantasy, the usual problem is that whilst you’ve got the world of imagination, there are no controlling forces.
There were two things going on: 1) I had already established in my own mind where I wanted to go with the next series, and having James around as a Grey Eminence would have complicated matters. He had had an amazing life and it was time to bid him good-bye.