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Ten Things I Learned from Writing Fiction - Lakeshore
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Jay Lake
Date: 2006-03-25 08:34
Subject: Ten Things I Learned from Writing Fiction
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Meme snurched from matociquala and others, and in no particular order:

1. There are only three pieces of writing advice which matter.
1a. Write more
1b. Mail it
1c. Your mileage may vary

2. Everything else anyone says about writing is descriptive, not prescriptive, and should be freely ignored, or at best treated as opinion. That includes this list. (Evilmonkey reminded me of this, as did shadow_helm.)

3. If you want to write, it only matters that you write, not how fast or how much or what. If you don't want to write, it doesn't matter at all.

4. However, if you want to write for publication, it matters that you understand the expectations and practices of the genre(s) in which you wish to publish. Whether you choose to follow them is entirely up to you.

5. No one will ever care about your writing as much as you do. Not your mom, not your spouse, not your agent, not your editor, not your readers. So whatever care, feeding and attention your writing needs comes from you.

6. Finishing a story (or novel) is infinitely harder than starting one.

7. I thrive in the company of other writers.

8. The garret is a myth. Ignore it.

9. Do whatever the hell you want. This is one of the last frontiers, where we're all free to go our own way.

10. What matociquala said: "There is always somebody better paid, more acclaimed, or whose books will make you turn green with jealousy. It is the nature of the universe. Carry on."
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The great and powerful
User: enjae
Date: 2006-03-25 17:14 (UTC)
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Nice! I'm stealing, with attribution. :)
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Donald: writing
User: tharain
Date: 2006-03-25 17:47 (UTC)
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Amen to number 6. Lordy.
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User: ramblin_phyl
Date: 2006-03-25 19:24 (UTC)
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You nailed it friend. Number six should be up there around 2 or three though. (see my blog on the muddle in the middle).
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User: mevennen
Date: 2006-03-25 22:21 (UTC)
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I'd agree. But would add (and this is not your problem, Jay, but it is an issue with all too many writers, including a number of published ones): get a fucking imagination. Because so much of what I see through my own small slush pile is hackneyed, recycled tat resulting from too much TV viewing and too little actual exploration.
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Nick Mamatas
User: nihilistic_kid
Date: 2006-03-26 05:08 (UTC)
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8. The garret is a myth. Ignore it.

You ain't seen my place.
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