Beware Of Self Indulgence

Beware of self-indulgence. The romance surrounding the writing profession carries several myths: that one must suffer in order to be creative; that one must be cantankerous and objectionable in order to be bright; that ego is paramount over skill; that one can rise to a level from which one can tell the reader to go to hell. These myths, if believed, can ruin you.

Goodreads.com. (2019). David Brin Quotes (Author of The Postman). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/14078.David_Brin [Accessed 6 Oct. 2019].
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You Already Have Enough Ego

If you believe you can make a living as a writer, you already have enough ego. Don’t let too much of it prevent you from seeking the feedback you need in order to keep honing your craft.

Goodreads.com. (2019). David Brin Quotes (Author of The Postman). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/14078.David_Brin [Accessed 6 Oct. 2019].

The First Duty Is To Write A Gripping Yarn

My first duty is to write a gripping yarn. Second is to convey credible characters who make you feel what they feel. Only third comes the idea.

Goodreads.com. (2019). David Brin Quotes (Author of The Postman). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/14078.David_Brin [Accessed 6 Oct. 2019].

True Brilliance Has A Positive Correlation With Decency

True brilliance has a well-known positive correlation with decency, much of the time–a fact the rest of us rely on, more than we ever know. The real world doesn’t roil with as many crazed artists, psychotic generals, dyspeptic writers, maniacal statesmen, insatiable tycoons, or mad scientists as you see in dramas.

Goodreads.com. (2019). David Brin Quotes (Author of The Postman). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/14078.David_Brin [Accessed 6 Oct. 2019].

Writing Feels Like Exploring

I like to be surprised. Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds. Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling. Writing feels like exploring.

Goodreads.com. (2019). David Brin Quotes (Author of The Postman). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/14078.David_Brin [Accessed 6 Oct. 2019].