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Peter Cawdron My advice to aspiring writers?

Pace yourself and don't let unrealistic expectations get the better of you. We live in an instant society. Instant…more
My advice to aspiring writers?

Pace yourself and don't let unrealistic expectations get the better of you. We live in an instant society. Instant coffee. Instant TV dinners. Streaming music and videos, etc, it is all just a mouse click away, but writing doesn't work like that. Writing is an art. Writing takes incredible patience and perseverance. Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. Don't be impatient.

You're not in competition with other writers. You're in competition with facebook, twitter, youtube, flappy bird and a bazillion other colourful sparkly games. You're in competition with movies and newspapers. Give them all a good run for their money by producing something that drags people away from those devices and into the pages of your book.

You're going to be criticized, and it won't be easy to take, but learn from that criticism. You can't please everyone, but you want to be open to learn what you can do better, and that means listening to your critics and recognizing the truth in what they say. Sure, there's plenty of trolls. Don't feed them. And yet for every troll there's thousands of readers that want to be entertained, so take heed to their response to your work.

Be professional. Get your work edited. Polish your writing. Never be satisfied with anything less than your best. (less)
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Petr, sorry for the delay in answering your question...

I'm fascinated by the concept of First Contact with extraterrestrials for a number of reasons...

1. It will mark a dividing line in history. There have been dozens of turning points in the development of civilization, from slow burning activities like the invention of agriculture or writing, to fast-acting inventions like Gutenberg's printing press, Galileo's telescope, Newton's mathematics, etc, but none of them have transformed society as much as First Contact will simply because any alien species that can reach out to us will be tens of thousands of years more advanced than us.

Imagine teaching a bronze-age people like the Egyptians or the Babylonians how to build their own iPads, or a Mars Rover, and you get an idea of just how rapidly and radically humanity will change.

2. They'll provide a counterpoint to our intelligence. At the moment, we are unmatched on Earth. We can do whatever we want without critique from anyone beyond those that care enough to study cause/effect, but it's too easy for scientists to be dismissed. I'm sure there will be resistance to change, but having an independent point of reference beyond ourselves will (I hope) allow us to see and change our own shortcomings more easily (this is the basis behind the ending to Anomaly). Think about how our culture has changed from slave-owning days, or from when women couldn't vote, and consider that we're still in transition. Too often, people exploit each other for monetary gain, for ideological reasons, or out of selfishness—that will be exposed as shallow and immature.

3. First Contact will help us see beyond the moment. All too often, we're consumed with our daily affairs and we forget just how astonishing it is to be alive. We're like an insect crawling through the grass, not seeing the splendor of the garden around us. In reality, life is an astonishing privilege. Carl Sagan said, "We are made of star stuff." Neil deGrasse Tyson said, "We are the universe considering itself." We are quite literally the universe brought to life. When I look at the stars at night, I wonder who's looking back. Our lives are incredibly short. We're like mayflies living for a mere five minutes. We should spend that time enriching our understanding and, from that perspective, enriching the lives of others.

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“Knowledge is more dangerous than any gun, more dangerous than a sword or knife. Even in Eden, knowledge was forbidden.” “But why?” “Knowledge shapes decisions. Limit knowledge and you limit the choices people can make. Knowledge has always been about power, for better or for worse, for good or for evil.”
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