To kill them or not kill them?
What does it mean to say that I want to tell a given story about a given person or a given thing? Why me and not someone else? What do I bring to the table?
If people critique your themes or intentions, that's a sign you've leveled up.
More on how most writers are not good givers of writerly feedback. Few people are.
What do you do when you want to do everything?
Zen's influence on my work.
"Is this something I can see myself sitting down to work on literally every day for the next year or more?" If not, why?
Stories aren't about happy or sad endings. They're about making sense of what happens.
People who launch YouTube channels or present themselves a certain way on Twitter are said to be engaging in a kind of performance. Or someone who just keeps a blog, like yours truly.
No NaNoWriMo for me this year, again, but only because I don't need it. But what do I mean by "need"?
I always say to myself, "I'm just going to write something fun," and of course it always turns out to be far more than that.
Creative paranoia: when you know, just know, your work is worthless in a way only others can see.
On defending that original burst of inspiration to the death.
What is the good, and bad, in saying "I do what I dang well want" in any creative medium? I know there's both.
A good critic of other work makes me look at my own and feel like I've missed even the standards I wanted to set for myself.
What you do and don't owe a reader.
"...the wretched of the earth might not be wholly responsible for their wretchedness."
There was once a time when I felt I was a better writer when I didn't really know what I was doing.
Everyone who's ever put a word to paper has an excuse, or a justification if you want to be less nasty, for everything they do. Of course I'm guilty of this.
Are international literary prizes just for "foreign writers who make sense to us"?
On recommending books as a way for authors to get perspective on a current or future work of their own.
Those who embrace creativity take control of their lives. It's a contagious thing.
Very few people are qualified to give useful story advice because they think the main function of a story is to entertain them.
In re: "I can’t help feeling a bit depressed that so many of the cool new writers are dead."
On how SF tries to imagine the future, and how that needs to be more than uplift or doomsaying.
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