Show the things that are best dramatized; tell the things that are best spelled out.
if you want to be read, aim for the middle. Don't write total crap, but don't write stuff that's only going to be of interest to a self-selecting few, either.
One of the reasons we call some people "geniuses" is because of (among other things) their disinhibitions about feeling stupid.
There is a place for all of us there, and we just have to bring whatever we have with us to it.
I tend to keep my mouth shut about projects until they are actually in some kind of sharable, discussable condition, and even then I keep details close to the vest.
How I sometimes model my approach to a book as if it were a movie for the mind.
Something is not "artificial" because of its means of production, but if the act of producing it, in whatever form, goes against your inner convictions.
How I've tried to avoid using the template of a real-world story for my own fiction.
I've got one of those projects in mind that needs paring down.
A phrase I repeat to myself often, chiefly when mired down in the middle of a draft: "Trust the process."
"The ability to know when something is done is a skill."
Your job when writing a story is to listen to what this material is telling you it needs to be, and go there.
It took a year to produce a first draft of "Unmortal". It was worth the wait.
With "Unmortal"'s first draft more or less finished, I think some wind-down is in order.
How not to get stuck halfway through something you're writing.
I was a terrible writer for a long time, but I didn't care how bad I was as long as I could keep trying, and could learn something with each trial.
I treat my writing career the way I do because I don't want it to become a "hustle".
On not succumbing to the urge to just shove stuff off my desk and be done with it.
Near-future SF has always struck me as the most precarious kind of SF, because of its sell-by date.
The soundtrack for my space opera, 'Flight Of The Vajra', were it to have a soundtrack.
A discussion of the themes in 'Flight Of The Vajra', and how they are embodied there.
On how the dharma is for doing, not talking about.
I've not lived a storied life, and I know it.
A rundown of the supporting characters in 'Flight Of The Vajra', and the roles they play.
It's easily to write badly. It's even easier to write badly when everyone else gets away with it.
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