March 11th, 2010

book and glasses

And there you have it -

after all the discussion of "writing rules" and the Holy Ten Laws of Writing as propounded (differently) by every author you ask - here's the true holy grail of it all.

What would you do if you could only do ONE thing?

Write the living daylights out of your book.

It's the first, it's the strongest, it's the ONLY rule. Write what takes YOU by the throat and shakes you. Everything else... is ephemera.

And, on a somewhat different though related topic, there's been a lot of stuff written about the essay by Norman Spinrad about, oh dear, "third world" SF (here's the original, and some other places to read up on reactions to it are here, and this one)

I would also, however, like to offer this piece

Feel free to discuss. Play nice.