On being daring in a story, without that being an excuse for cruelty.
There's a division between the "gruntwork" and "creative play" sides of any creative endeavor -- the times when you just need to put words out, and the times when you need to toy mentally and daydream.
Musings on the guy I almost was.
You don't want to run from your influences. You want to walk away from them.
"Do you enjoy doing it?" is, I think, only half the statement. The way I would put it is, "Would you do this anyway?"
More from Steve on the whole vexed issue of doing what you think you want to do, not what you actually want to do.
"...there’s a chance if you’re inspired by an author or a creator, you won’t do it quite right."
I have long held a motto of my own that I think is an echo of what Steve is putting out here: Palettes, not hierarchies.
"The best way to write fiction is to read, watch, and listen to anything but fiction." I am not sure that it is the best way, but I think it is ultimately one of the most valuable.
Maybe we need to speak of focus rather than limits.
On imperfection in creative work.
On confronting my uneasy feelings about self-promotion.
Steven Savage's latest post is about "rethinking work", and it reminded me of an anecdote courtesy of Milton Glaser...
The productivity virtues of keeping it simple, stupid.
On media both social and antisocial.
Just because something's in your story doesn't mean that's what your story's about.
What storytelling can do that a straight rundown of facts can't.
Don't think good and evil; think why and how.
What happened to the cool future we all imagined? Maybe it wasn't all of us that imagined it, or wanted it.
Living forever without actually growing up first seems like a non-starter.
Godhood without humanity: the gains hardly seem worth the degeneracy.
"I want to live forever." Yes, but which I?
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