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...the “Secret” of Great Writing, and the Trap of Marketing Your Work

In 1987, Le Guin addressed the eternal question in an essay titled “Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?,” found in the altogether fantastic 1989 collection of her speeches, essays, and reviews, Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places (public library).

Noting that audiences frequently ask her the canonical question after lectures and talks, she considers the two reasons that make it impossible to answer:

The reason why it is unanswerable is, I think, that it involves at least two false notions, myths, about how fiction is written.

First myth: There is a secret to being a writer. If you can just learn the secret, you will instantly be a writer; and the secret might be where the ideas come from.

Second myth: Stories start from ideas; the origin of a story is an idea.

I will dispose of the first myth as quickly as possible...
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Hire a Hugo & Nebula-nominated writer to give you feedback on your novel manuscript
I’ve reopened my freelance novel critique service!

I have room for 3-4 clients this fall. Here’s how it works.

You send me your COMPLETED fantasy/science fiction novel manuscript. I’ll read it, mark it up, and write a brief edit letter, helping you to think about what’s working and what’s not. While I’ll inevitably discuss your prose/style, this not a copyedit, but a broader consideration of the story you’re trying to tell — and advice on how to tell it more powerfully. I’ll return your manuscript within six weeks with comments aplenty in the margins, and a detailed edit letter addressing issues of plot, character, style, and setting.

Why hire me?

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Amazon to pay self-published authors based on pages read

"It could soon pay more to write lengthier books, if you are an author self-publishing on Amazon’s Kindle ebook platform.

Starting next month, the e-commerce giant will pay independent authors based on the number of pages read, rather than the number of times their book has been borrowed.

The move is aimed at authors enrolled in Kindle Direct Publishing platform – which lets authors set list prices, decide rights and edit the book at any time – and is applicable to ebooks made available via the Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners' Lending Library programs."

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"The problem is too many white writers seem to want facts, figures, quotas, and step-by-step instructions on how to avoid being called racist, rather than, you know, just writing realistic and complex characters of color"
NotAllWhiteDragons
Calling something exotic emphasizes its distance from the reader. We don’t refer to things as exotic if we think of them as ordinary. We call something exotic if it’s so different that we see no way to emulate it or understand how it came to be. We call someone exotic if we aren’t especially interested in viewing them as people — just as objects representing their culture.

—Fantasy author N. K. Jemisin on The Unexotic Exotic
A writer’s mind is never silent.
Leslie Austin

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ARstories Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  New Deviant  Writer
Thanks for the constructive comment on my story Madison Springs. Much appreciated! :boogie:
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Thanks for the :+fav: on 'Meatless'
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Thanks so much for the fav!
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thanks for the fav
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