103 Bracing Quotes to Propel You Through Your First Draft

By M.J. Bush

Tough NaNoWriMo?

Feeling lost and haunted by wordcounts unmet?

Or wishing NaNo was your thing in the first place?

I see you.

There’s hope. Writing doesn’t need a strict timeline to happen. There doesn’t have to be some grand “starting day” for words to start hitting the page, and there certainly doesn’t have to be a designated month when writing happens.

Your story can still get written.

I’m calling it. It’s time, right now, to stop concentrating on the past and start thinking about your story.

Maybe that sounds impossible. You’ve been trying all month to just think about the story, but too much thinking and the wordcount doesn’t get met, or you just end up seeing everything that’s wrong with what you’ve already written. And you’re beyond frustrated.

Yep, I see you.

You need a quick, invigorating shower in the words of those who have gone before.

So get ready to snap your head back into writing-readiness with the advice and encouragement of authors, editors, and agents.

17 minutes, and you’ll be raring to write again.

Read the full article at Writing Geekery.

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What Happens When a Science Fiction Genius Starts Blogging?

By Roberto Minto

In 2010, at the age of 81, the acclaimed novelist Ursula K. Le Guin started a blog. Blogs never seemed a likely destination for the writer, who by then had a long career in 20th-century traditional publishing behind her. But Le Guin’s new book, No Time To Sparewhich harvests a representative sample of her blog posts, feels like the surprising and satisfying culmination to a career in other literary forms.

Read the full article at New Republic.

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The Moon is Full of Money

By Pope Brock

was slung in my favorite deck chair, drink in hand, having a gawk at the night sky. Andromeda, Pisces … I trawled the constellations, mind abandoned, still aware in some curve at the back of my brain that the world is coming apart at the seams and we’re all fucked, and enjoying the gentle paradox of it, the clink of the ice in my glass and the slumber of the dog.

By and by I found my gaze resting on the moon. There it was, the great provider: breeder of wonder, werewolves, and all those songs. The place where beauty meets philosophy, where hope and despair alike are lost.

Gnawing through the romance though was a little something I’d read not long before. An astrophysicist had claimed that the moon could save our planet.

Read the full article at Nautilus.

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Developing a Relationship with Death

By Icy Sedgwick

Think of Death for a moment.

Did you picture a tall guy in a hood with a scythe? Or Neil Gaiman’s funky Siouxsie Sioux character from The Sandman? Or was it a more sombre abstract notion of pain and loss?

Death can be, and is, all of these things, and much more. But it can also be a tremendous way to add dimension to your storytelling.

So I want you to visit a graveyard.

Read the full article at IcySedgwick.com.

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43 Must-Visit Sci-fi Websites for Writers

The imagining of possible worlds is the staple of science fiction. As expert Bruce Sterling puts it, science fiction (or SF or sci-fi for short) is ‘a form of fiction that deals principally with the impact of actual or imagined science upon society or individuals’. In speculative fiction this impact can be strictly technological (as in novels featuring robots or degrees of space exploration not yet possible) or it may be environmental (as in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood). Here are 43 must-visit sci-fi websites for writers.

Read the full article at NowNovel.com.

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The 21 Best Space Opera Books

I have not read all of these yet, but the ones I have read were astounding!

Like many popular terms, “space opera” was coined as an insult. It’s based on “soap opera” (nothing to do with music) and its original meaning was a “hacky, grinding, stinking, outworn, spaceship yarn.”

For the purposes of this list, I’m defining “space opera” as a dramatic adventure science fiction story, with bonus points for occurring mostly in outer space and involving spaceships of some sort. Extra bonus points awarded if someone points to a viewscreen and says, “What the hell is that?”

Despite their poor beginning, space operas have become wildly popular. For example, Amazon lists over 10,000 books in the Space Opera category. In fact, this list could easily be, “The 210 Best Space Opera Books,” but there are only so many hours in the day.

If you find an author you like, check out the rest of their books! Most authors that write space opera write a LOT of space opera.

Read the full article at Best-Sci-fi-Books.com.

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