link salad

  • Via Mary Tsao, Kurt Vonnegut's 8 rules on writing fiction, including:
    • 5. Start as close to the end as possible
    • 7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia
  • Sarah Monette on short stories vs novels: the myths and preconceptions and truth
  • Sandra McDonald quotes Philip Pullman on writer's block
  • Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, also muses on writer's block:

    Unfortunately I’m too literal to answer the writer’s block question in some useful way. I can’t get past the common sense that I always have writer’s block up until the moment I have an idea. It’s sort of a binary situation.

I'd write more, but this afternoon I'm driving down to Sydney for a one-hour visit to a printery (you know, where they turn paper into actual books!), just so I can drive home again. And then get up at stupid o'clock tomorrow morning to catch the train straight back down there. I am a foolish, foolish person, yes.

No creepy crawlies killed today.