“Like many science fiction authors, I began by writing short stories, which isn’t the norm any more, at least not among British authors today. Today young authors would rather write novels straight off—and that’s precisely why these novels are mostly so poor. In every job you need a certain amount of practice, whether you’re a violinist or a joiner, and short stories offer writers a wonderful chance to acquire the necessary tools. The Mona Lisa, was, after all, not exactly Leonardo da Vinci’s first painting. In any case I learned what it meant to be a writer by writing short stories; what my weaknesses and strengths are.”J. G. Ballard, author of Crash and Empire of the Sun
I wholeheartedly agree with Ballard here. In fact, I wish I’d read his advice 15 years ago, when I wrote two novels that never found any love in the slush piles…
View original post 201 more words
READER - WRITER - CURATED RESOURCES - & MORE
links to writing by him
every audience is an audience of one
Biologist * philosopher * storyteller
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
World Fantasy Award-nominated author of short fiction
Writing novels, short stories and articles. Usually strange ones.
Plattform für Kunst und Kultur
To wander means to move with no preset route. To wonder means to think, to question, to ponder.
The madcap ramblings of an Ottawa creator
A place where you can be human.
Documenting the Ancestors
Speculative fiction writer Tracie McBride talks writing. And book reviews. And dogs. And kids. And any other random thing that she feels like.
Promoting Rationalism and Critical Thinking
Publishing Made Simple.
science fiction and fantasy
Writing, Poetry, Short Stories, Reviews, Art Contests
Progressive Science Fiction Author
Prepping for Brits
A street art photo blog
In Pursuit of Mystery and Folklore - Fiction With Imagination and a Zing
Sirens Call Publications: A Horror & Dark Fiction Publisher
Writing writing and more writing
Have you ever been told that you think too much? Lucky you if you have, but don't worry if you haven't, you can still read The Inkling. At The Inkling you can look forward to weekly installments of our serial "The Inklings", weekly solutions to your problems by The Spark, finding out how one lucky person went at our monthly challenge and feature articles every two months
A home for speculative fiction
Prime my subconscious, one hint at a time
the strange and dark and beautiful
Geopolitics and Foreign Policy ... english and italian
Short, lighthearted interviews with amazing artists from all around the globe!
Understanding ourselves and the world we live in.