Lynda Williams: Writing that flies
The author of the Okal Rel Saga on listening to your own voice and blocking out all the others.
"Fly for your own reasons. There is craft and there is the payload delivered. Learn craft but never let advisors browbeat you out of your payload. Art is about meaning. What's the point of learning how to be successful at asking questions you don't care about? 'Going Back Out' is the story I wrote to encourage myself when it felt as if my ten-book saga about culture clash over right and wrong would never get off the ground in a climate emphasising tweets and postcard stories, for length, and nihilistic 'yuk yuk' portrayals of anyone silly enough to be a good guy in a trying world. In my universe, bioengineered humans called Sevolites fly better than natural humans like Ann and the protagonist of the story, Gadar. But from the Reetion perspective, Sevolites just might be the bad guys, which puts a different spin on Gadar wanting to give up flying because she is not the strongest (i.e. most successful) pilot in the broader context."
Lynda Williams is the author of the ten-novel Okal Rel Saga (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) and the editor of the Okal Rel Legacies series (Absolute Xpress). She hosts the Writer’s Craft on the Clarion Blog with David Lott and promotes optimistic SF and the creative spirit on the Reality Skimming blog with Richard Bartrop, Tegan Lott and Michelle Carraway.
Photo credit: Dale Northey