Sunday, March 22, 2009

Heinlein's Rules for Writing

I put a copy of these rules, helpfully put online by Robert J. Sawyer, in my tickler file, and they came up recently, and they spoke to me, I tell you, they spoke to me. They're relevant to any writer, not just a writer of speculative fiction.

Plus my mother-in-law has cheerfully and valiantly ventured forth into creative writing, and discussing the course she is taking made me think of some of the issues these rules address. And made me want to post writing how-to links. So Karen, sweetheart, this one's for you.

Robert J. Sawyer, as long as I'm mentioning him, is worth a read. I enjoyed his Neanderthal Parallax series quite a lot.


  1. All this advice is good, but I'll have to learn more about the existing markets before I could follow #5. I can't think of more than three or four places I could send any of the stories I'm working on or contemplating. I read most everything in anthologies.

    Been thinking about how to save up to get a few subscriptions, just to see what the field is like.

  2. I have trouble finding very many markets for fantasy stories. But my list is getting longer: I'm finding good online markets that actually pay and seem like good versions of online magazines. But I haven't actually submitted to them yet.

  3. I will have to pick your brain on some of the markets!