One Simple Way to Improve Your Writing

Of all the writing advice out there, and believe me there is a lot, only one has had a marked impact on my writing.The advice comes from Dan Simmons, author of The Terror (highly recommend), Drood and the Hugo-award winning Hyperion, and it is the following:"We may not really be what we eat, as the saying goes, but … Continue reading One Simple Way to Improve Your Writing

A Good Start | Great First Sentences

The most important part of a book is the first chapter, the first paragraph, the first sentence. The writer needs to hook the reader quickly, get him interested in the story and keep reading. In the excellent writer's manual Stein on Writing, Sol Stein says the following about getting and keeping readers' attention: "Today's impatient readers … Continue reading A Good Start | Great First Sentences

Whatever

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, of which I am the president, gave out its Nebula and other awards last night. Here’s what won, by whom, and who published it.

Novel
Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)

Novella
“The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s, October/November 2011)

Novelette
“What We Found,” by Geoff Ryman (F&SF, September/October 2011)

Short Story
“The Paper Menagerie,” by Ken Liu (F&SF, March/April 2011)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” by Neil Gaiman (writer), Richard Clark (director) (BBC Wales)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult SF and Fantasy Book
The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)

Damon Knight Grand Master Award
Connie Willis

Solstice Award
Octavia Butler (posthumous) and John Clute

Service to SFWA Award
Bud Webster

Congratulations to everyone above!

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Af metsölu, snemma á ferlinum (mont)

Á föstudaginn síðastliðinn gerðist svolítið sem ég átti ekki von á að myndi gerast í nokkur ár í viðbót; saga eftir mig komst á metsölulista, og það ofarlega. Ef þið kíkið á forsíðu Skinnu má sjá að ég er þar í fjórða sæti á metsölulistanum þeirra. Ég! (Þetta á þó mögulega aðeins við í örfáa … Continue reading Af metsölu, snemma á ferlinum (mont)

Plott

Mikið er rætt um hvort bækur sem koma út hafi gott "plott", sérstaklega ef um glæpasögur er að ræða. Eftirminnilegustu og vinsælustu bækurnar (ég hika við að segja "bestu") bækurnar eru þó oft einmitt lausar við plott, eins og t.d. Karítas án titils og Svar við bréfi Helgu. Reyndar leiðast mér yfirleitt bækur þar sem … Continue reading Plott