Sunday, November 16, 2008

TCSFWN Follow-up

Well, we had a great session meeting with the Twin Cities Science Fiction Writers Network this afternoon. Most of the Wyrdsmiths were there--Lyda, Eleanor, Naomi, Doug, and yours truly, with only Kelly, Bill, and Harry (on hiatus) not represented. I think we got a chance to answer a good number of questions, but it was obvious when we got to the end of the session that it could have gone on for some time.

So here's your chance! Did you have a question or comment that you wanted us to talk about? Post it in the comments thread, and we'll respond. Didn't get a chance to pick up a copy of one of the books and would like one? You can email us: it's just "wyrdsmiths", over at that gmail locale. We'll do what we can to get you a copy, if you'll do what you can to help us get it to you!

That's all folks: Thanks for having us over for tea, and let the thread begin!


Michael Merriam said...

I'll post a link to this entry on our message board to let people know to stop by and ask their questions.

Pat Sullivan said...

Something we didn't discuss was the choices and benefits of long form work and short form work. Most of the Wyrdsmiths have published both novels and short stories.

Of the many reasons to write short form work, one is to gain visibility for your long form efforts. In the current publishing environment, how do the Wyrdsmiths feel about this?

Kelly McCullough said...

Hi all, sorry I couldn't make the gathering.

Pat, I would say that collectively we have mixed but mostly positive feelings on the short stories front, at least in terms of how effective a tool they are for breaking in. I absolutely feel that anyone who can write short stories should. They do help to raise your profile. They've also got a great work to reward ratio and they're much easier to sell. Even more than that they're a fantastic place to experiment and really learn craft. At the same time they seem to have a smaller impact than they did even 10-15 years ago and I know that some of us are more sold on them than others.

Jaye Lawrence said...

Thanks a million, Wyrdsmiths! It was encouraging & inspiring to hear more about how you work.

Following your advice about "putting out milk for the cat-muse," I set the alarm for 5:00 a.m. to try writing before work in the mornings. I'm not exactly at my intellectual best that time of day, but it's at least free of human interruptions.

Any other tips for putting writing time into your day and/or eliminating distractions?