No matter how much you write or whether you have a quota, my advice is Don’t Stop. Don’t stop writing and don’t stop producing quality work. Your quality will improve and you’ll end up producing more material. Also, you’ll find you get even faster at writing without losing precious quality. For writers at all stages of their careers, the only way to get better is to write more. To learn by doing. Writers at all levels espouse different methods of improving quality, but in the end you’re going to have to discover your own path. Don’t stop looking for ways to improve yourself and your writing. There’s always something you could be doing better or some way you could tweak your writing style to improve the flow.
Do you write to a quota? If so, how many words do you write per day or per week? Let me know in the comments below and your comments could make it into my next video! To see the rest of my videos on the process of writing, social media, and the publishing industry, visit my Youtube channel.
The Corsair Uprising #3: Death Wish cover is revealed! It is a little bit of a departure from the covers of the first two novels as far as the background. Tell me what you think of the cover in the comments below. Have you read the series yet?
For those who haven’t yet read the series, here’s a link to Book 1 and Book 2 to get you caught up. Death Wish comes out this summer, 2015, so you have a few months to get up to speed!
Also, the Dirge of the Corsairs companion music video to Death Wish has been released on Youtube.
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In a recent panel discussion, NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan predicted we would find evidence of alien life within a decade, followed by definitive proof within the next 20 to 30 years. I’ve talked about this previously, but it seems more and more respected scientists are coming out and talking about this. Now, I don’t believe NASA will find intelligent life within 20 to 30 years, but I can definitely see us finding microbes or vegetation of some kind.
However, there is one thing that I’ve been thinking about for a while now that bothers me. If we do find some form of alien life, in whatever form it happens to come in, how will that affect Science Fiction? Will our visions of the future be limited by what we know? Will the futures we write about be extrapolations of this ‘new’ world where knowledge of alien life exists already?
The premise behind a lot of Science Fiction is that alien life surfaces and most or all people don’t believe in it. If it starts being taken as a given that alien life exists, it will affect, necessarily, how authors write. If we do find alien life, there will surely be doubters, there will be new cults or religions formed, some may flee the religions that are currently out there while some others might flock to the religions to seek answers. There’s a number of ways this could go from a storytelling standpoint as well as from a ‘realistic’ standpoint. After watching the Batman V Superman trailer, it seems like Science Fiction is already changing to become more realistic given what we know.
Do you think we’ll find alien life? If so, in what form will we find it? How will the human race react? Has NASA lost it? Is Science Fiction doomed? So many questions! Leave your comments below!
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