November 12, 2016

R. A. Salvatore Quotes

“Also, there are authors and publicists using the Internet to manipulate opinion, both positively for a work and negatively against the competition. I don’t do this and can’t stomach it, honestly. “

“Definitely they write themselves. It’s an amazing experience. It’s like the characters have come alive and are sitting on my shoulder talking to me, telling me their tales. “

“Fantasy is like an idealized reality, and the core of fantasy is the one person can make a difference. “

“Here’s the thing, for me at least: this is a huge genre now. It wasn’t always so. Not so many years ago, it wasn’t so. There is a tremendous diversity in fantasy today. “

“I didn’t and don’t go to Internet for any business purposes. The book sales for me by this point are way beyond any influence I might have, positively, or others might have, negatively. “

“I do that mostly because I believe that the fantasy business is in terrible trouble right now, for several reasons, not the least of which being the almost Democrat vs. Republican mentality of readers on the Internet. “

“I don’t know how many bestsellers I’ve got, or half the awards I’ve won, and I don’t really care. I’m just having fun, doing something I love and getting paid for it. How cool is that? “

“I don’t often know exactly what’s coming next, and that makes it more fun. And you know, for me, this entire genre is all about that; it’s all about having fun and getting away from the mundane world for just a little while. “

“I loved the world of imagination. “

“I loved to read and to write, but then something happened. As I made my way through school, I kept getting handed books to read that didn’t excite me and didn’t even remotely connect to the realities of my life. “

“I never intended to be a professional writer; as the story developed, the one thing I had in my hopes was that this would be something tangible to separate me from the nameless, numbered masses. “

“I think I’m a pretty well-kept secret. “

“I thought I would set the world on fire when I got out of college. I had done quite well in a field that was growing. Unfortunately, we got hit with a recession in 1981. “

“I won’t hold any illusions of changing the world or any such nonsense. But maybe, just maybe, I’m helping someone else change his or her life a little bit for the better, even if it just means giving someone a magical place in which to hide. “

“I’m a working-class kid from a blue-collar New England family. “

“I’m trying to make all the characters change and grow, or regress. “

“In the past, TSR and now Wizards of the Coast have asked me to do game stats for my characters, and I’m never comfortable doing that. It’s all relative after all. “

“It got so bad that by the time I was graduated, the only reading I did was in order to get the grade and the only writing I did was in order to get the grade. “

“I’ve always been a fighter. If you tell me I can’t, I’ll die trying to prove you wrong. “

“On a more practical level, anyone out there who wants to be a writer should clearly recognize that this is a brutal business, where even incredibly talented people sometimes never make a living. If you want to chase such a dream, please have a Plan B in place. “

“Only in very rare circumstances will you see something cut out of my first drafts. Maybe it’s because of the way I write. I’m very focused on the logical progression of the story, and every character has a role to play. “

“Science fiction is the ugly stepchild of mainstream literature, and fantasy is the ugly stepchild of science fiction, and tie-in novels are the ugly stepchild of fantasy… and on and on and on. “

“So, while I gave up the notions of publishing at that time, I never stopped editing and refining that book. A few years later, in 1987, I thought I had it ready to go out again. “

“That’s the whole point of writing to me – I put my characters under incredible duress, and from that comes their truth. In a way, I’m using them to try to find my own answers in life. “

“The most common criticism I’ve seen is that I write ‘popcorn fantasy:’ lightweight action-adventure. Some people call it that as they explain why they love it for exactly that reason. I’m cool with that, either way. I just nod and let it go. “

“Things don’t really impress me. Memories impress me. It’s not the toys, it’s the people. “

“This is my spiritual journey through life, my way of making sense of the world. I don’t need permission from anyone or accolades from anyone; it is completely internal. “

“This little hobbit saves the world. The wizard kills the dragon and saves the town. So many people connect to that character; it doesn’t matter if it’s an elf or a hobbit or a dwarf. It doesn’t matter. They’re human in their heart and soul. “

“When I’m telling stories of my video game days, when I was a really hardcore MMO player, I played ‘EverQuest’ for two years and played ‘World of Warcraft’ and several other games for the last ten years or so… 95% of the stories I’ll tell you are ‘EverQuest.’ “

“Whenever you’re writing a book or creating a movie or a game, your first task is to get the reader/audience/player to suspend disbelief, to buy into the logic and boundaries of your world, even though those boundaries might include things like dragons and magic. To do that, you need long threads – of history and culture. “

“Whether it’s a kid in high school who doesn’t have any friends and finds friends in my characters, or a guy in Afghanistan, who’s trying to forget what he did that day, and trying not to think about what he’s gotta do tomorrow… I give them a little bit of an escape. “

“Writers always have confidence issues – it comes with the territory. We never know where we fit in, or what the actual value of our work might be. So we hit lulls, or slogs. Throw in the idea that many creative people are somewhat manic-depressive, and it can get pretty dark at times. “

“Writing a book for me, I expect, is very similar to the experience of reading the book for my readers.”

“Writing can be a tough gig. Whenever you do something in which you put yourself out there – if that becomes the focus of your life, you miss the point of living. You’ve really got to get the grounding of family and the things that are important in your life and make that your focus. “

“Writing is an incredibly lonely job. “

“You have to understand that while I pre-plot the meta story of a given book, I often have no idea of what will happen on the next page, let alone the next chapter. That’s what makes it fun for me; I write the books the same way many people read them. “