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Mind Perfect Wait

A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. Don't wait for an inspired ending to come to mind. Work your way to the ending and see what comes up.

- Andy Weir

Head Actually Daydream

A story in your head isn't a story. It's just a daydream until you actually write it down. So write it down.

- Andy Weir

Laboratory Computer

I was hired as a computer programmer for a national laboratory at age 15.

- Andy Weir

Reader Forgive Rooting

If the reader is rooting for the protagonist, they'll forgive you just about everything else.

- Andy Weir

About I Write Space

If someone offered me a free trip to the International Space Station, I would decline. I like Earth. I like the internet. I like Diet Coke. I have cats. I write about brave people - I'm not one of them.

- Andy Weir

Very Scientific Data

Back in the days of Apollo, sending humans to the moon was the only viable way to get the scientific data we wanted. But now, with our computer and robotics technology, there's very little an astronaut can do on Mars that a well-designed rover can't.

- Andy Weir

Before Flight Several

Designing a station with artificial gravity would undoubtedly be a daunting task. Space agencies would have to re-examine many reliable technologies under the light of the new forces these tools would have to endure. Space flight would have to take several steps back before moving forward again.

- Andy Weir

Some Fiction Project

There's more to research than just looking up facts. Eventually, you have to make subjective calls. If you're writing a science fiction novel, there's probably some speculative technology in it. You'll have to decide how to project existing technology forward in a plausible way.

- Andy Weir

Some Fact Good News

Eventually, while researching, you'll learn something you didn't want to know. Some fact that ruins a plotline you had in mind. The good news is that sometimes, learning all the facts can make for a much more interesting story than you originally had in mind.

- Andy Weir

Even Terrible Date

I don't even date; I'm terrible with women.

- Andy Weir

Pretty Income Computer

Computer programming is pretty much guaranteed income. I'm good at it, and I like it.

- Andy Weir

Beginning Study Idea

I study orbital dynamics as a hobby. My idea of a good time is sitting down and drawing on that knowledge to imagine a space mission from beginning to end, getting as many details right as I can.

- Andy Weir

Before Book Lurking

My first book was so horrible I have deleted all copies of it. Thankfully, it was before the Internet, so there are no lurking caches of it anywhere.

- Andy Weir

Wrote Chapter Website

I originally wrote 'The Martian' as a free serial novel, posting one chapter at a time to my website.

- Andy Weir

Cut Right Astronauts

I am not a brave man... I do not have the right stuff. Astronauts are really a cut above.

- Andy Weir

Will Read Audience

You want an audience. If you didn't, you wouldn't be a writer. The biggest motivation to write is the knowledge that someone will read it.

- Andy Weir

Stories Audience Motivated

Don't tell your stories to anyone. You'll be more motivated knowing it's a prerequisite to having an audience.

- Andy Weir

Think Love I Think

My father has a great love of science, and he indoctrinated me into it early. I think I was 12 or so when we designed a moon base.

- Andy Weir

Like Would Landing

There's nothing I would like more than to watch a manned Mars landing.

- Andy Weir

Some Dad Too Late

I was born too late to experience Apollo 11, though I do trek to Dad's house every time there's some space event. There's something awesome about crossing your fingers and watching a tense Mission Control room do their thing.

- Andy Weir

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Valentine's Day Want Minus

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.

- A. A. Milne

Want Bad Nine

I played a nerdy guy on 'CSI: NY' for nine years. I want to be bad for a while. I want to be really, really bad.

- A. J. Buckley

Want Beginning Idea

I'm starting to realize that people are beginning to want to know about me. It's a jolly strange idea.

- A. N. Wilson

Want Like Dislike

Just so we're clear, Mark Watney is who I want to be. He has all the qualities I like about myself magnified without any of the qualities I dislike. Mark Watney isn't afraid to fly.

- Andy Weir

Read Art Dislike

I dislike literary jargon and never use it. Criticism has only one function and that is to help readers read and understand literature. It is not a science, it is an aid to art.

- Anne Stevenson

Want Concerned Certain Way

We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life.

- A. J. Muste

Very Dislike Christians

I very much dislike the intolerance and moralism of many Christians, and feel more sympathy with Honest Doubters than with them.

- A. N. Wilson

Want Like Burn

If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Want Nations Developing

Developing nations want to become developed nations.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Want Going More

If you want to teach women to be great writers, you should show them the best, and the best was often done by men. It was more often done by men than by women, if we're going to be truthful.

- A. S. Byatt

Like Dislike Frustration

The thing I like about decathlon is also the thing I dislike: It's the maximum challenge, but also the maximum frustration.

- Ashton Eaton

Like Dislike Why

The type of band that I have now, the type of music that we're playing you either like it or you dislike it. If you dislike it, you probably don't know why. By the same token, you can't even really say why you like it.

- Chico Hamilton

Away Dislike Injustice

What irritates me is the bland way people go around saying, 'Oh, our attitude has changed. We don't dislike these people any more.' But by the strangest coincidence, they haven't taken away the injustice; the laws are still on the books.

- Christopher Isherwood

Money Dislike Use

I don't dislike money, but there's only so much money you can use.

- Chuck Feeney

Like Thought City

When you drive by Radio City and you see your name up there and it's only 'your' name. I just went 'ooh'. I thought this is really like looking at another person.

- Diana Krall

Like Love Game

In terms of theater, I would love to go back to do theater. If I could find something for me to do that fits in with the 'Psych' off-season, I'm game. I would like to do theater where I get to act and dance.

- Dule Hill

Like Love Sure

I love my work, but I don't like being in the spotlight. I was never going to be an actor, that's for sure.

- Duncan Jones

Like People Candy

Since my initials are J. U., people called me Ju. Or Jujube, like the candy.

- Jenna Ushkowitz

Want Like Daily Basis

If there's something in the kitchen I like, it must be eaten. I try not to leave any snacks I wouldn't want to eat on a daily basis in the cupboard.

- Jenna Ushkowitz

Like Kind Music

I make the kind of music I like.

- Duncan Sheik

Like Period Emotions

I like period drama because everyone is so restrained, but they have all these emotions raging underneath.

- Jenna-Louise Coleman