I love them, those succinct and memorable pieces of writing advice that stick with you. I ran across this one from author Elizabeth Bear back in September, and bookmarked it, and use it as my link to bring up Twitter so I see it almost every day. I’m working on a story right now where the changes to my main protagonist’s life were set in motion before the story opens, but the moment it opens her life is irrevocably changed. Starting any sooner would be giving backstory that can be fed in when the time is right. Starting any later would lessen the impact of this thing that has happened to her. The organic writer in me knows that, and I thought about the opening a lot before writing what I did. But seeing this one sentence over and over has driven home the rightness of my decision.
What about you guys? Any tidbits of advice that have stuck with you, or driven a direction you’ve taken your writing, been responsible for changes you’ve made to your writing habits or a particular story?
(P.S. In the promo department, I’ve got a short interview up with J.A. Konrath today, along with a giveaway.)
(P.P.S. I’m sick as a dog with allergies, had a horrid weekend with the husband working a job that got him home at 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This is the all I had in me today, and I apologize!)