Great writing advice from this year's Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy writing workshop

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9 Responses to “Great writing advice from this year's Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy writing workshop”

  1. Conan Librarian says:

    The lost art of transcribing. Thanks indeed Sam.

  2. Deidzoeb says:

    I got in one good punch before the rest of his thugs came down on me.

    He pulled them off after a couple minutes. Acting like he was the stronger character. “First person’s dead. When are you going to get that through your skull, Marlowe?”

    “You think you know me, but you don’t even realize you’re dealing with Jay McInerney.”

  3. Josiah White says:

    Good advice, but stuff like “Opening the vein is where the best writing comes from.” is pure schlock.

    • it’s true that some of it might be advice we’ve heard before, maybe once and maybe a million times, but the context of the workshop helps you hear things and evaluate their applicability in a whole new way.

  4. show me says:

    You had me at CLIMAX.

  5. Susan Carley Oliver says:

    Excellent notes – thanks for sharing them, Sam!

  6. Those are some nice quotes and useful advice! A lot of people need to keep those pieces of advice in mind. At the same time, a lot of people know some of it, but not all of it. It’s nice to have multiple useful things clumped together like this!

  7. “You guys want the real secret to being a great writer? Apply ass to chair.” 

    I call this butt glue: stick your ass to the chair and write! :)

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