Advice from the Masters: Anne McCaffrey

Apr 25, 2012 | Better Writing

Anne McCaffrey wrote a lot of things, but she was best known for her young-adult science fiction novels, “Dragonriders of Pern.” The twenty-plus books in that series sold millions of copies over forty years. She won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Her best writing advice is simple and powerful.

“Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.”

We love stories. If there’s something important you want to say, we’re more likely to get it from a story than from closely-reasoned arguments.

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