Some moments at ArmadilloCon, at the panels and in the writers' workshop, reminded me how there are a handful of... let's say challenging topics to handle when writing SFF Fiction.
Now, I wouldn't necessarily say these topics are Third Rails, in that you DEFINITELY SHOULD NOT TOUCH THEM. Rather, it's more like an Beach Full Of Jellyfish. With a big sign that says SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Here's the thing. Sometimes you've got a story that, in your gut, you know the right choice is something that will get people riled up. This is, in and of itself, OK. Go ahead, write that story. I mean, think it through, do the research, and batten down your hatches. But write it.
And then be ready that someone will smack you across the nose with the newspaper and say, "No, bad. You did this bad."
(Yes, my metaphors are all over the place. Cope.)
And you have to take it. I'm sorry, but that's part of the deal: you take the risk, you accept that stings are part of the business. Embrace it with grace. Say, "Yeah, I could have done that better" and listen to the criticisms. Take them, and integrate them into the next thing. Use it to grow. Use it to improve.
Because you're going to get right back into that ocean.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Touching the Third Rail
Marshall Ryan Maresca is a Fantasy and Science Fiction Novelist, as well as a playwright, living in South Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels:
The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages , The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of Intrigue , The Holver Alley Crew, The Imposters of Aventil , Lady Henterman's Wardrobe , The Way of the Shield (October 2018) and A Parliament of Bodies (March 2019).
His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced.
Visit his website at mrmaresca.com