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Which Science Fiction Writer Are You?

I found this quize here and decided to take it.

Of course…with multiple question quizes, sometimes more than one apply so I did several.

First one:

I am:

Robert A. Heinlein

Beginning with technological action stories and progressing to epics with religious overtones, this take-no-prisoners writer racked up some huge sales numbers.

Which science fiction writer are you?

I found this interesting because he’s one of my favorite authors–and one of my projects is eerily similar to one his works. 

I took the test again, changing some answers that i also could identify with at got this:

I am:

Frank Herbert

His style is often stilted, but he created what some consider the greatest SF novel of all time.

Which science fiction writer are you?

This made me chuckle–especially after what I said about Dune in a previous post–but also one whom I count as my progenitors.

And lastly, adjust a few answers again, I got this:

I am:

E.E. “Doc” Smith

The inventor of space opera. His purple space war tales remain well-read generations later.

Which science fiction writer are you?

I am ashamed to admit that I have never read any of his stuff. Therefore, I must do so today!

And so, in view of my progenitors, one day this will be me ::grins::

I am:

Viktor M. Powell

Beginning with technological action stories and progressing to epics with religious overtones, he created what some consider the greatest SF novels of all time. This take-no-prisoners writer racked up some huge sales numbers and his Bellerophon’s Sphere tales remain well-read generations later.

Which science fiction writer are you?

BW

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Fear of the Blank Page

“You must not come lightly to the blank page.” ~ Stephen King

Writers write. I know that.

But I fear the blank page.

It is no great secret, the secret of writing good fiction.

If you don’t write, then you’re not a writer, and if you do write, then you are.

But how do you conquer the dreaded blank page?

That fresh white slate that is waiting to change someone’s life.

Can a blank page be fearsome?  Make a grown man cry?

Gnash his teeth in disgust and–if an actually piece of paper–ball it up in his fist?

Heh, as if that’s going to make it all go away.

Questions fill the head–at least it does mine–and some remain unanswered.

How do I start?  What should I say?  What if it’s crap?

Vision.

The act of perceiving before receiving.

Vision is staring down that blank page and seeing the transformation trapped inside.

The possibilities of the blank page are endless until you begin.

Like a ball of clay waiting for the human touch.

Molding, pressing, smoothing–writing, editing, deleting…

Wanna know the secret to good fiction?

You must not come lightly to the blank page.

Why?

Because once you put ink to that blank page…

…it can change your life.

so go on…put that pen to paper….

stroke that keyboard…

change your life.

BW.

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