David Brin joined Mary and Dan at World Fantasy to pound the importance of criticism into our heads. Our episode opens with a discussion of what your first book should be (a murder mystery) and why David recommends this to his students.
And then on to criticism. It’s important for us, as writers, to be criticized because we’re all liars, and criticism is the only way to get decent product quality out of us. Unfortunately, we tend to hate the thing that we need the most. So David, Dan, and Mary discuss how to reconcile these two competing points, and how to seek criticism (and lots of other stuff, including how to learn by re-typing something.)
Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Startide Rising, by David Brin, narrated by George Wilson
Writing Prompt: What if dreams became so much more vivid that when you woke up, for a full hour you didn't know whether you were still dreaming or not?
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