Q: If you could talk to your novice-writer self, what bit of advice would you give?
A: There’s a difference between being a writer and being a storyteller, and the faster you understand the difference, the happier you’ll be with your own work. Better still if you understand the basic definition of a story: a story is about someone trying to do something difficult and how they change inwardly as a result. But don’t abandon your love of stories of ideas, philosophies, or other abstract things, because — though it’ll be more difficult to write about those things — those are what fulfill you and make your stories so unique. And more people will love them than you think!
And don’t be afraid to change what/how you write if you think it means betraying yourself. If you change in order to better chase your dreams, then you become more you than if you changed nothing.
E.C. Fuller’s story “The Heebie-Jeebie Beam”
in Metaphorosis Friday, 29 July 2022.
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