Dec
31

The Voices In Our Heads

The Unending Quest for External Validation

I received a great piece of advice a few weeks back from author/publisher Bennett R Coles. I'd been debating whether the tone of my writing was too youthful/snarky and I was considering changing it to be closer to what traditional sci-fi readers would be expecting. His response was "don’t worry at all about whether your tone 'matches most sci-fi readers'... Your audience is out there, waiting to read something exactly like what you’ve written. If you suppress your natural style, your prose won’t shine like it can."

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Dec
14

Writer's Block: Can Existential Dread Accumulate in Chapter 1?

The Magic of Revising in Reverse

Writing a novel is stressful.  Querying a novel is stressful toofrankly, rejection in all shapes and sizes is super stressful.  And this weekend, I learned that all that accumulated stress, all that pent up self-doubt, and all those recurring thoughts of "not good enough" had taken up residence in the opening paragraphs of "chapter 1."

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