Monday, January 19, 2009

Writing craft: Tips from Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, has these tips for writers. (They're geared to screenwriters but much of the advice is applicable to novelists as well.)

I especially like the "Finish it" tip. I spent years on my very first novel and few things have made me feel better than actually finishing the damn thing. Of course, it's a first novel and as such has a bad case of being a first novel, but I finished it, and learned a lot in the process. It's all about going from "I'm writing  a book" to "I wrote a book." Many people say the former, not nearly as many say the latter.

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