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Sunday, January 25, 2015

TAKING STOCK - DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY?

I CAME ACROSS THIS YOUTUBE INTERVIEW, featuring Robert McKee on bigthink.com. Although he refers to screen-writing, just about everything he says can be applied to fiction writing in general. He talks about handling exposition with subtlety, writing with passion, with confidence and control. Also, how a writer can be superb at his craft, but if he offers no insight into the human condition or human behavior (even through the guise of the 'alien' or 'other' in SF), the writing falls short.

I'd like to add my own thoughts to his: writing honestly takes courage, because the best writing is about taking risks. This not only applies to what the public at large may think, but what your writing peers may think. As writers, we all come to a place where eventually, we must decide - do we repeat what has already been done because it sells, or do we push ourselves to bring a personal point of view to the world?

BAD WRITERS HAVE NOTHING TO SAY


Robert maintains his website at http://mckeestory.com/.

- Susan.

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