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21 November 2009 @ 10:50 am
Michael Swanwick on the sense of wonder in writing  
Spotted this gem in Michael Swanwick's interview with Rick Kleffel in the World Fantasy Convention program book:

"As a writer, I consciously try to make what I write exciting for the reader -- to give him or her more than just a really well-written change on something they've read before. I try to give each story something that the reader has never encountered before. Something as big and obvious and wonderful as a giant striding the downs with dinosaurs and tribes of stone-age elves living in the forests atop his head is worth any number of polished and lapidarian phrases."

Word.

 
 
 
Rachel Swirskyrachel_swirsky on November 23rd, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
I sort of agree with this, and at the same time, it sometimes leads to fiction that reads like a journal list of "coolest things I could think of."

Swanwick's writing seems, to me, to be fairly unique in that he actually takes these loony ideas and develops them into extremely well-rounded stories. He very rarely just throws in so many of them that the story is all eye-ball kicks and nothing else (though I do know that one of the stories of his I feel that way about is also his favorite of his stories, so... you know, YMMV).