Last week, I hosted a fun and engaging discussion about writing and publishing SF/F with about a dozen Harper Voyager authors under the hashtag #SFFchat. It was an absolute blast, and my fellow authors a lot to offer.
Some of the best remarks came when we were asked to share one piece of advice for aspiring SF/F authors. The responses were all diverse and informative, but I think it boiled down to four things. And I’m sharing them here, because this stuff is just too good to disappear into the ether of Twitter:
1. Above all things, write.
The first and most obvious piece of advice? A writer writes. If you want to do this, you have to put words on paper.
— Auston Habershaw (@AustonHab) December 9, 2015
— Brooke Johnson (@brookenomicon) December 9, 2015
2. Finish what you write and keep going
Next up: stubborn persistence to keep writing, keep reading, and keep pushing to make your stamp on the publishing world.
— Beth Cato (@BethCato) December 9, 2015
— Brooke Johnson (@brookenomicon) December 10, 2015
3. Find Your Tribe
I’m biased here, but I think this one has been key to my own sanity: writers should find other like-minded creators, both to improve their craft and to have confidantes who get it.
— John Ayliff (@johnayliff) December 10, 2015
— Ingrid Seymour (@Ingrid_Seymour) December 10, 2015
— Dan Koboldt (@DanKoboldt) December 9, 2015
4. Believe in yourself and your words
Last but not least, writers need to have confidence and beliee in
— Kelley Grant (@kgrantwrites) December 10, 2015
I think we can all agree that #SFFchat was an absolute blast. Thank you so much for everyone who came out! We’ll have to do this again sometime.
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