We just finished our first month PLUS Sound Advice from Octavia Butler
As I recently mentioned, I am starting a new feature in the blog of including a quote from our judges from essays they have provided over the years. These are the hot tips consisting of hard-won advice that they found instrumental to their success that will be included at least once a week.
"Writing for publication may be both the easiest and the hardest thing you'll ever do. Learning the rules--if they can be called rules--is the easy part. Following them, turning them into regular habits, is an ongoing struggle. Here are the rules:
"1. Read. Read about the art, the craft, and the business of writing. Read the kind of work you'd like to write. Read good literature and bad, fiction and fact. Read every day and learn from what you read. If you commute to work or if you spend part of your day doing relatively mindless work, listen to book tapes. If your library doesn't have a good supply of complete books on audio tape, companies like Recorded Books, Books on Tape, Brilliance Corporation, and the Literate Ear will rent or sell you a wide selection of such books for your pleasure and continuing education. These provide a painless way to ponder use of language, the sounds of words, conflict, characterization, plotting, and the multitudes of ideas you can find in history, biography, medicine, the sciences, etc."
Be sure to check back for the next post when I will start featuring the winning art of the 4Q illustrator contest winners!