Episode 13: John Scalzi

AWM Author Talks
AWM Author Talks
Episode 13: John Scalzi

This week, we honor Ray Bradbury’s recent Centennial on August 22nd with more science fiction. The prolific writer John Scalzi talks about his novel The Consuming Fire, how he wrote it in just two weeks, and his affinity for wombats. Yes, wombats.

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“I do the majority of my writing in the shower.”

“One of the things they like to tell you about writers is that when a writer is looking out a window, they are writing. It’s not always true, sometimes we’re just looking at a squirrel.”

“Now when I’m writing everyday I use software to block out the internet because quite honestly I can’t help myself.”

“The muscle memory of writing novels was sufficiently advanced that things like pacing, things like ending chapters on cliff hangers, things like making sure the characters are responding believably to each other, those were all muscle memory.”

“So much of what is writing is, is sitting there, just thinking about things.”

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