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Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Book: The Wave in the Mind, Page #34

But the unspoken, as we know, tends to strengthen, to mature and grow richer over the years, like an undrunk wine. Of course it may just go to Freudian vinegar. Some thoughts and feelings go to vinegar very quickly, and must be poured out at once. Some go on fermenting in the bottle, and burst out in an explosion of murderous glass shards. But a good, robust, well-corked feeling only gets deeper and more complicated, down in the cellar. The thing is knowing when to uncork it.

The upside-down world

Author: Eduardo Galeano
Book: Upside Down, a Primer for the Looking-Glass World

The upside-down world rewards in reverse: it scorns honesty, punishes work, prizes lack of scruples, and feeds cannibalism. Its professors slander nature: injustice, they say, is a law of nature.

Description is interiorization

Author: Lucius Shepard
Book: Paragons: Twelve Master Science Fiction Writers Ply Their Crafts

All effective descriptive writing is fueled by character and is in the essence a form of interiorization. What is seen and described is purportedly not seen and described by the author, but rather through the eyes of the point-of-view character; thus everything that character sees must mirror what he or she is feeling. If you character is angry or upset, what he sees of, say, a room will be different than what he sees when feeling calm.

I am not a camera

Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Book: The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction

If any artist tells you 'I am a camera,' or 'I am mirror,' distrust him instantly, he's fooling you, pulling a fast one. Artists are people who are not at all interested in the facts--only in the truth. You get the facts from the outside. The truth you get from the inside.

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