Abra SW (cloudscudding) wrote,
Abra SW
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My first Best-of! And cowriting tonight.

Thoughts in Passing
 
Today I watched an interview that Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers did with Bryan Thao Worra, and a few things he said really struck home. (I am paraphrasing, of course.)
 
Figure out how to write in a way that nobody else can. What makes your writing unique to you? Do more of that. Sure, you could imitate another writer in the hopes that someday she'll get sick and you'll be the lucky understudy called up from the wings, but do you really want that?
 
Create generative work. Perfection is a trap, and there is no perfect work. A rough cut marble may be more powerful. What can you create that will inspire others to create--even if it's to argue with you or prove that they can do it better?
 
Give yourself the freedom to try new things. Try different modes of creative expression. The benefits you reap may not be direct, they may take decades to reach, but they may also be what leads to something great.
 
If you can't get your work seen following ordinary approaches, try something else. Bryan was referring to submitting his poetry to publications outside the USA instead of to North American literary journals, but this applies more broadly.
 
The whole interview was recorded. I'll provide the link when it's available.

(Do you have a writing question? Send it to me, either by replying to this email or by using the comment form on my website, and it may get answered in the next newsletter.)
 
What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
I'm delighted to announce that "The Dinosaur's Valentine," my bittersweet little story about life and love and what we leave behind us, has been published in the Best Vegan Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2020.
Dinosaur's Valentine - Best Vegan F&SF 2020

Over at Escape Pod, you can listen to me narrating "Annotated Setlist of the Mikaela Cole Jazz Quintet," by Catherine George. This is a heart-wrenching but ultimately hopeful SF story of a generation ship that never planned to travel for so long.
Finally, I've started hosting virtual co-working writing sessions on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (one's coming up in two days!). This is for MinnSpec, a Minnesota SFF writers' group. If you're in Minnesota and want some writing accountability, check it out: https://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/events/xjzfhsycchbzb/

(The rest of my market newsletter can be found here.)
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