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Octavia E. Butler on Writing

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“I write about people who do extraordinary things. It just turned out that it was called science fiction.”

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“My writing can be a kind of therapy for me, and I’m sure some of their origins extend well back into my childhood.”
“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.”
“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
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