1. Orson Scott Card gave the keynote speech on Friday night at the Storymakers conference. The whole thing started off well enough. 
  2. And that we don't need to work our faith into our writing (there was another class on this very topic at this conference), but that if we have faith, it will show easily in our work. 
  3. And a couple of good, pithy gems: 
  4. Then he talked about writing "impressive" things. 
  5. His point wasn't that you should only have sucky writing, but that nothing should stand out as "impressive" against the rest of the whole. "Impressive" passages pull the reader out of the story. (My own addition: Either cut that one section, edit it to more smoothly match the rest of your voice, or spit-shine the rest of the story to match that passage.)

    He started talking about the infamous "muse" and "inspiration" in writing. He spoke about how "inspiration" can only go so far, and then work needs to take over from there. 
  6. After talking around the idea of working, not just relying on faith and inspiration, things got... weird. 
  7. He talked a lot about his childhood, his distaste for the Boy Scouts, and youth programs (and their propensity to play basketball): 
  8. Then he seemed to realize he was on a soapbox, and that no one would take the microphone from him... 
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