Robin McKinley

  • Mar. 28th, 2011 at 6:54 PM
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One of the biggest, and possibly the biggest, obstacle to becoming a writer... is learning to live with the fact that the wonderful story in your head is infinitely better, truer, more moving, more fascinating, more perceptive, than anything you're going to manage to get down on paper... So you have to learn to live with the fact that you're never going to write well enough. Of course that's what keeps you trying - trying as hard as you can - which is a good thing.

Robin McKinley

  • Oct. 26th, 2010 at 2:00 AM
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The story I tell over and over and over and over is Beauty and the Beast. It all comes from there. There are variations on the theme - and it's inside out or upside down sometimes - but the communication gap between one living being and another is pretty much the ground line. And usually the gap-bridger is love.

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Robin McKinley

  • Aug. 30th, 2010 at 11:51 PM
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"The story is always better than your ability to write it."
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I’ve always told myself stories, and as I got old enough to write them down, I wrote them down. My stories happen to me; I bump into them, like pieces of furniture; and they are clear and plain to me — like pieces of furniture; and they were clearer and plainer to me now than when I was a child, for which I am grateful... years later, and thousands of words later, of practice words and practice stories, the flicker of Story on those cave walls I more easily read because I myself throw fewer distracting shadows...

One of the first questions — after what do I eat for breakfast and what color is my typewriter — that I had seriously to consider as an author speaking to a reader came about at my first public-speaking gig, at my old prep school, Gould Academy, where I had been invited back as a graduate who seemed to be doing something interesting with her life. A sophomore boy, having been compelled to read Beauty, said grimly, "They’re always talking to us about themes and symbols. Do you put that stuff in?" The answer is no. I don’t put much of anything in consciously, except commas, and my copy-editor takes a lot of those out again. The stories are there; I am only sorry, every time, that I can’t do a better job by them.

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Robin McKinley

  • May. 26th, 2010 at 8:08 PM
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"The great thing about fantasy is that you can drag dreams and longings and hopes and fears and strivings out of your subconscious and call them 'magic' or 'dragons' or 'faeries' and get to know them better. But then I write the stuff. Obviously I'm prejudiced."

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