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Octavia E. Butler on Writing

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“We are a naturally hierarchical species. When I say these things in my novels, sure, I make up the aliens and all of that, but I don’t make up the essential human character.”

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“I thought I was on my way as a writer. In fact, I had five more years of rejection slips and horrible little jobs ahead of me before I sold another word.”
“If you want a thing — truly want it, want it so badly that you need it as you need air to breathe, then unless you die, you will have it.”
“Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself.”
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