Know Your History – 3rd June – Marion Zimmer Bradley born

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On this day… 3RD June, 1930 – Marion Zimmer Bradley

Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley (June 3, 1930 – September 25, 1999) was an American author of fantasy, historical fantasy, science fiction, and science fantasy novels, and is best known for the Arthurian fiction novel The Mists of Avalon, and the Darkover series. Marion-Zimmer-BradleyMany critics have noted a feminist perspective in her writing. She co-founded a spiritual organization, the Center for Non-Traditional Religion.

Her popularity has been posthumously marred by accusations against her, and her then-husband the convicted sex offender Walter H. Breen, of child sexual abuse by her daughter Moira Greyland, among others. I came across an interesting article in the Washington Post, which reviews her novels in terms of this case.

On Writing

I also came across this webpage on advice for writers. A few sample extracts below.

The main way to get started as a writer is to write: apply the seat of the pants firmly to the seat of the chair and just get down to it. Having a thousand “good ideas” in your head is no good; you have to get them on paper.

Think of this: a thousand pages sounds like a lot. But write three pages a day and a year from now you’ll have a book.

Forget the “creative writing” classes in school or college; if the writer is a good-selling professional he should be selling, not teaching, and if he isn’t, he has nothing to teach you.

..An extension course in fiction technique — not, I repeat, “creative writing” at a local university will do just as much for you for a quarter or less of the price.

Stay out of amateur “writing workshops” where amateurs sit around and read their failures to each other. Twenty times zero is still zero.

Did You Know?..

Zimmer Bradley’s first child, David R. Bradley, and her brother, Paul Edwin Zimmer, also became published science fiction and fantasy authors.

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