Some great advice in here. I’ve touched on some of these ideas before. Becoming a writer is a journey, one you only come to discover never ends once you’ve been travelling for years. But do not be discouraged. It’s hard work but the commitment is worth it. It means you are giving your work and yourself to be the best you possibly can be.
I love Autumn. While the leaves are turning and falling, and the air is growing brisk, I usually find myself with a spring in my step. Autumn (to me) means new energy. After the long, hot torpor of late summer. A chance to reorganize, make plans, get balls rolling, and remember . . .
Autumn 1992 is when my dream of being a “for real” science fiction writer was born. I was all of 18 years old, and struggling to figure out what I wanted to do with myself. My father (of course) said, “Get thee to University!” Smart words. Sensible words. But I’d just slogged through 12 painful years of primary education. Classwork? I hated classwork. I spent more time curled up on the couches at the University of Utah student union — reading Larry Niven — than I did with my nose in textbooks.
By 1997 I’d been…
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