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Passion for Writing: April 1st, 2010

   Posted by: Moses Siregar III   in Passion for Writing

“Writing takes over your life. If you’re lucky, it takes over your soul.” –Kit Ehrman

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RT noveldoctor Errant comma in new printing of Moby-Dick unexpectedly changes book’s genre to romance. “Call me, Ishmael.”

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RT noveldoctor As of today, literary agents are no longer accepting submissions from people who can’t write.

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RT noveldoctorJames Cameron combines Titanic sequel with second Avatar film. Turns out that diamond was actually Unobtanium.

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On Jeff VanderMeer’s BookLifeNow blog, 15 authors are asked: “What is the best piece of general writing advice you’ve ever received?”

Victoria Blake: “The best piece of writing advice? Keep writing. Don’t settle for what comes out on the first draft. Investigate what’s on the page. And remember that fiction writing has more in common with ditch digging than it does with painting. There’s just a lot of dirt to move out of  the way.”

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From Jane Friedman’s blog on perfectionism vs progress: “It’s like what Ira Glass has said: There is the excellence (or quality) you can see and appreciate—and then there is what you’re actually capable of.

This can cause paralysis.”

The Ira Glass video (5:20) talks about how excellence takes years of work, and what it’s like to start out and know this.

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Vonda N McIntyre has a nice little list of 12 Pitfalls for Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy (though most of the items are applicable to any genre). My favorite is one of my own pet peeves, the misuse of the word, “literally:”
Pitfall #11: Literal v. Figurative, or “His Head Literally Exploded!”

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An article from Cheryl Morgan suggests how to improve attendance at WorldCon.

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Here are pics from the Superstars Writing Seminar that I attended recently, on Kevin J Anderson’s blog.

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