Her story filled us with enthusiasm (although I recall details she doesn't mention here, such as watching "Devil Girl from Mars" galvanizing her to write because she "could write better than that." I still haven't watched the movie that inspired her. Apparently it's high British camp.
She had an ornery streak, which I enjoyed. When pigeon-holed (even if well-meaning), she'd lash back out. This happened to one poor lad at a reading who tried compliment but limn her work. It's on display in this collection as well as she talks about others have said.
It's a good collection. While she may have "hate[d] short-story writing", they garnered her first awards in her field.
Another essay, "Furor Scribendi" from a Writers of the Future collection, recommends that writers
- "Read" the good, the bad, about craft.
- "Take classes."
- "Write every day."
- "Revise... until it's as good as you can make it." Sorry, Heinlein.
- "Submit your work."
- Forget inspiration.
- Forget talent.
- Forget imagination