Category: on writing

I have tried very hard as a novelist to say, “…

I have tried very hard as a novelist to say, “Novels are about individuals and especially larger than life individuals.” My protagonists are very feisty characters.

Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sou…

Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.

Trust your reader. Not everything needs to be …

Trust your reader. Not everything needs to be explained. If you really know something, and breathe life into it, they’ll know it too.

Words bounce. Words, if you let them, will do …

Words bounce. Words, if you let them, will do what they want to do and what they have to do.

Don’t try to visualize the great mass audience…

Don’t try to visualize the great mass audience. There is no such audience—every reader is a different person.

The poem gets written. I have wrestled with th…

The poem gets written. I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame.

shatterpath: dduane: seananmcguire: lynati: …

shatterpath:

dduane:

seananmcguire:

lynati:

I don’t think there’s an applause gif big enough to properly convey my reaction to this.

Also, I love that if anyone tries to say that you’re just “another hack fic writer with no ideas of her own who is jealous of the “real” writers out there”, they could quite literally be crushed under your catalog of award-winning original writing as a response. They can’t dismiss your stance on this topic the way they do to so many unpublished / fanfic writers because you’ve already met all of the standards that they insist someone has before they’ll accept their opinion as worth listening to.

Right?

“Well, fanfic authors never win awards, so–”
“WOULD YOU LIKE TO HOLD MY HUGO.”
“That’s basically, it’s, you know, the People’s Choice, so–”
“LOOK AT MY NEBULA.”
“That’s a science fiction award, it doesn’t really–”
“LOOK I’VE WON THE ALEX.”
“…”
“IT’S GIVEN BY THE SAME PEOPLE WHO GIVE THE NEWBURY.”
“…”
“I’M THE FIRST PERSON TO WIN IT TWICE IN A ROW.”
“…well you wrote porn.”
“GOSH I SURE DID.”

More attention to this, please. 🙂 From yet another of the I Wrote Fanfic First And I Decline To Feel Shame About It brigade.

(And I also wrote for My Little Pony, which means I may have inadvertently contributed something to Seanan’s state of being. [Which I will file under the “Quiet Unholy Glee” heading.])

:)))

This is better than a shaft of sunlight on a cloudy day with angels singing. Bless you, bless you, from every fanfic author out there.

The more I write the more I practically fetish…

The more I write the more I practically fetishize the act of remembering…. Writing fiction, in a way, is an act of intentionally remembering something incorrectly.

Get your facts first then you may distort them…

Get your facts first then you may distort them as you please.

For a writer, what you leave out says as much …

For a writer, what you leave out says as much as those things you include. What lies beyond the margin of the text? The photographer frames the shot, writers frame their world.