Chase away those demons!

January 29, 2013 § 1 Comment

delintI came across this on Facebook this morning, and it resonated with me so much that I had to share it here.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m working on a science fiction novel. To keep myself inspired, I’m reading a lot of sci-fi I hadn’t gotten around to reading yet—authors like Charles Stross, John Scalzi, and Elizabeth Moon. At the moment, I’m nearing the end the wildly imaginative of Saturn’s Children, and I’ve been having doubts about my own work as a result.

Stross packs the novel with a lot of technical knowledge that I don’t have, and he’s extrapolated and imagined a future very different from the one I’m painting. That’s got the voices whispering. You’re not smart enough to write sci-fi, they say. You lack the imagination for it. You’re no Charlie Stross, that’s for damn sure.

Thankfully, this quote came across my screen today. It made me realize that the voices in my head are right: I’m not Charles Stross … and that’s okay. My novel and the universe I’m creating will be different. Maybe it won’t be as imaginative as Stross’s books, or Scalzi’s, or Moon’s, or Bacigalupi’s, or many of the other great writers out there. It definitely won’t have the level of technical detail that Stross has packed into his books. Some people will enjoy my book, some people won’t.

But no one else can tell this story I’m writing. No one else sees it the way I do. And I’m enjoying the writing for the first time in a long, long time. If that’s all I ever get out of this book, it’s enough.

Dave Borcherding


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