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Writing advice.

Apply seat of pants to chair, fingers to keyboard, and write. When you have finished a piece and edited it to the best of your ability, submit it to a publisher. Then without delay apply seat of pants to chair, fingers to keyboard, and write something else. Rinse and repeat.

'It's your job as a writer to seek out harsh criticism - and learn from it.'
- Paul Cornell

Mike Consol offers tips from Pixar on storytelling.

Pixar on finding ideas.

Eight Writing Tips from Kurt Vonnegut

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it's only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things – reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters make awful things happen to them in order that the reader may see what they are made of
  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.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Writing advice is worth what you pay for it, so use what's relevant to you and ignore what isn't.

  • SF Hub — portal for science fiction research.
  • SFF Net — homepages, forums and more.
  • SpecFicWorld.com — an online resource guide for speculative fiction fans and writers.
  • CJ Cherryh's writing advice, including clear guidance on the use of who and whom.
  • Evil Overlord List a kick up the cliché
  • Turkey City Lexicon — Things to avoid in your writing plus a few to grasp with both hands. Includes explanations of 'plot coupons', 'as you know bob', 'deus ex machina', 'said bookism' plus the apparently highly desirable 'eyeball kick'.
  • TV Tropes — be prepared to lose several hours if you visit this website. It's another great kick up the cliché
  • The Periodic Table of Storytelling - TV Tropes onna bun.

How to make a story beginning work the Pixar way

Brandon Sanderson's writing lectures at BYU

1) Introduction - Course Overview
2) Cook versus Chef
3) The Illusionist Writer
4) World Building