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The best homework is the stuff you assign yourself.
2. Curiosity killed the cat
Admit it, everything is interesting for at least ten minutes. Curiosity is a writer's main weapon.
3. Satisfaction brought him back
Humans are amazingly complex. The universe is expanding. There will always be more to learn and more to imagine.
4. Embrace your inner freak
Trying to hide it is a lot of work. Your people are out there -- out here, I should say. Come find us.
5. - 7. Edit, edit, edit
Only God gets it right the first time, as Stephen King said. This is both a warning and a comfort.
Mine your own slush pile and make it work this time.
If anyone ever catches the reference to one of my favorite fantasy series in my science fiction, it'll be fantastic.
10. Face down the darkness
When you look at the void, the void looks back. This is true. I send my characters to face my inner demons for me, so maybe I'm a coward... but it does keep reminding me that demons can be vanquished.
All right, maybe I got a little serious toward the end. Writing can be serious business. It can also be a hell of a rush.