Chapter 9The Audible Written Word

“For me, The Seanachai is practice. It’s the orchestra warming up. A noise that has a kind of beauty to it, but certainly not a symphony. Someday, I’ll really try to write something. Something big, something that scares me to attempt. But until then, it’s all just practice.”

—Patrick McLean, The Seanachai

Science fiction writer Harlan Ellison has a mantra when it comes to beginning fiction writers attempting to get published: Always get paid! At conventions he has fledgling writers chanting the mantra, encouraging writers to never, ever ...

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