- Finish the story. Then write another.
- Your universe must cohere. 'Universe' means not just the natural laws and political history of your in-story world, but the language and conceits you use to describe it, the story's meta-world. I don't care how cool that turn of phrase is, if it doesn't grow organically out of the world of the story, murder that darling.
- All writing advice is just advice; accept or reject according to whether or not it helps you. But think twice, think three times before rejecting the advice of wildly successful and popular writers and Hugo and Nebula winners. If you think their advice doesn't apply to you, maybe it doesn't. But consider also that maybe you misunderstood it. If you still don't understand it, come back in six months, a year, two years, and see if makes more sense after you've written a hundred thousand more of Stephen King's "million words of shit." [Ganked from Nancy Kress]
- There is no excuse not to fascinate the reader.
- There is nothing more fascinating than fascinating character. It's said that 'wisdom is what is left when everything you've learned has been forgotten'. Character is what the reader will have left when your clever prose and suspenseful plot have been forgotten.
- -10. : Still to be learned.
晩鐘 == banshou == (noun) evening bell
"Disputed etymology." Left radical is'metal' (金). Right radical is 'child/slave' (童). Henshall suggests taking the right radical as 'stand' (立) and 'village' (里), and as a mnemonic: 'Metal bell stands in village.'