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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Read Like A Writer (as told by Kristine Kathryn Rusch)

Francine Prose has a very dense book on How to Read Like A Writer.  Kristine Kathryn Rusch's ~48-min conversational lecture "Read Like A Writer" has a different slant.  Like her husband's online workshops, her focus is largely positive and she tries to focus you on the positives.  She posted a similiar article here on her blog.  Interesting quotes from her blog post:

  • "Many writers don’t believe what I just wrote, and that’s fine. You need to define it for yourself."
  • "If you want a career as a writer, ignore your critics."
  • "...a thirty-minute critique of a romance novel by a hard-science fiction writer forced to read said romance novel as part of a workshop. You ain’t heard harsh until then. 
  • "If there were such a thing as a perfect sf story, then both editors would always buy the same stories, and you couldn’t tell the magazines apart. As readers, you all know this. As writers, you forget it."
  • "editors also read for enjoyment. And if they’re not enjoying a book on page 2, they’ll jettison that book."

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