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SF Signal's Mind Meld: Writing Advice

Once again, I'm pleased to note that I was invited to participate in a Mind Meld discussion by the fine folks over at SF Signal. This time, the question they asked was, "What's the best writing advice you ever received and who gave it to you?"

They got quite a few excellent writers to participate, including (deep breath): Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, Gene Wolfe, Paul McAuley, Kage Baker, Ben Bova, Kit Reed, John C. Wright, Marc Gascoigne, Jeff Carlson, Patricia Briggs, Alan Dean Foster, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Matt Hughes, Walter Jon Williams, Liz Williams, James Patrick Kelly, and Paolo Bacigalupi. I'm honored to be among such illustrious company.

In my own case, I share the advice I learned from former Star Trek editor John Ordover on when to revise a story. But if my own tale isn't enough to get you to check out the Mind Meld, surely one of the other authors listed has written a tale to spark your interest.

Go check it out:

Mind Meld: Shrewd Writing Advice From Some of Science Fiction's & Fantasy's Best Writers


I wish they'd asked me to join in this one, because I have some really unique advice to impart from Jim Kelly! Ah well, I shall treasure my one Mind Meld from the past.

Oh, and congrats! Off to read...
Arrgh! Just when I had managed to get "I'll Stop the World and Meld With You" to stop running through my brain! Curses!!
Oh, and before anyone points it out: Yes, I know the song is "I Melt With You", that the original lyric is "melt", and not "meld". But it always sounded like "meld" to me. "Meld" makes more sense to me, and *that* was what was running through my head.
You could complain, I suppose. Or you could go read that wonderful post I linked to, and enjoy seeing what some of the writers have to say.

Now I know what to hum to you when I see you shabbas morning... :-)

(By the way, I'll be giving my talk that afternoon on "Superman and Moses.")
The blurb they used for Gene Wolfe is a slight paraphrase of the Wikipedia description that I wrote.

December 2016

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