We are thrilled to welcome J. Scott Coatsworth back to Sinfully today as he celebrates the release of his new book Skythane
Write What You Know
J. Scott Coatsworth
When you first start out as an author, you get a lot of advice. Some of it is good:
“Write what you love.”
Who wouldn’t want to write the things they enjoy the most?
Some of it is discouraging:
“On average, an author will receive 99 rejections before getting published.”
That one almost drove me out of publishing.
And some of it is just plain wrong:
“Write what you know.”
This is one of those claptrap sayings that people who want you to think they know all about writing often trot out as proof that they know what they are talking about. But just think about it:
If everyone jut wrote the things they knew, we’d never have had the works of Shakespeare, or have flown through the skies of Pern with Anne McCaffrey’s dragons, or have followed Frodo through Middle Earth on his epic quest to destroy the One Ring.
None of these authors truly knew these things.
Write What You Know works best for contemporary writers, but even there, it crimps the writer’s range in unnecessary ways. Would we ever say a man shouldn’t write female characters, or vice versa, because the writer doesn’t “know” them?
I’d turn this whole thing on its head and propose instead that you:
“Know what you write.”
I think it’s far more important to do your research, on both a factual and human level, so that your work ends up being both authoritative and authentic.
Then, with a little luck, your readers will love what you write.
My new novel, Skythane, is just out – and it combines my love of sci fi and secret reveals and MM romance. I hope you enjoy it!
J. Scott Coatsworth
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 17th February 2017
Genre ~ Science Fiction, M/M Romance
Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnison, a handsome, cocky wing man with a troubled past.
Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm.
Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.
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Meet J. Scott Coatsworth
Scott has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.
Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him "the only one stopping you from writing is you."
Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way. He has sold more than a dozen short stories - some new, some that he had started years before. He is currently working on two sci fi trilogies, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi (http://www.queerscifi.com) site, a group for readers and writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and paranormal fiction.