Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all sub-standard levels of intelligence… without further ado, I give you my very very very late responses to the last set of questions.
1. 17 years.
2. What more could you do that you haven’t tried yet or you haven’t done?
3. He read the anthologies.
4. He didn’t win but his wife gave him an encouraging nudge to continue.
5. He won!!!
6. His finalist story was picked up by Analog. They published. Brad won the Reader’s Choice award. A chorus an angels popped in an 8-track and boogied down to ‘Stayin Alive’.
7. Dragon Award.
8. He trained him to write to write fresh stories to deadlines. Now, he works hard for the money. So hard for the money.
9. Write you do. Learn more you will. Or fail you may.
10. Ya get stuck. They just need to … let it go. Let it go.
12. Releasing their krakens
13. Persistence. Perseverance. Courage.
14. Rather than reciting back Brad’s answer, here’s my thoughts. I believe writing story stories teach us exactly the skills we need for longer novels by practicing concepts, such as: structuring, emotional investments, reader’s sympathy, character arcs, pacing, writing vibrant prose, maintaining POV, learning generally what stories work and which don’t. We may present these entirely differently in a short story than a novel, but the fact remains, we’ve learned them. And once we’ve gained these skills, we can hone them to whatever form we need. …..Also, writing short stories gives us the ability to practice the whole process (drafting, revising, editing, submitting, starting over) a hundred times over in the same amount of time that writing 1 novel would take. Those hundred times of practice are far more valuable.
15. A crazy little thing called Writers of the Future.
16. One million dollars (words)
17. Over-polishing when there are so many other krakens ready to be whelped.
18. Ones where you can engage with editors, writers, publishers. Recommends Superstars.
19. The lack of good professional advice to steer them.
20. Know what you like to read. Read them. Study them. Be the story.
21. I think I’m on the right track. From here, it’s a matter of continued practice, practice, practice. Continue toward my million words. Put my characters in pain. Light them on fire and give them a bowl of vegan chicken soup to put it out with. An in the end we shall all meet at the lemonade stand and ask the man running the stand… “Hey, got any grapes?”