Ursula K. Le Guin is now collecting more questions about writing for her blog series, Navigating the Ocean of Story. If you want to submit a question, use this form. Get your questions in soon.
Session 1 of this series, addressing ten of the first fifty questions received, can be found here.
As a reminder, here are the instructions for questions for this project:
DO NOT send manuscripts or samples of your work.
Send one question, of 200 words or less. (Getting your question down to under 200 words may be part of the learning process. The more specific and exact it is, the better.)
Your question should concern only fiction — stories, novels, of any variety.
A question about the craft of writing fiction, the art of telling stories in prose.
A difficulty, a problem you have met, or keep meeting as you write. A question of technique. An uncertainty about how to write something you want to write. A puzzle: Is it bad if I do X? Do I really have to do Y? Can I get away with Z? My story-boat is stuck on a sandbar, how do I get it afloat again?
No autobiography, please. But it’s helpful to say how long you’ve been writing, and if you’ve published much.
Questions about how to publish, finding an agent, selling a book, self-publishing, marketing, etc etc, will be ignored. We won’t be talking here about how to sell a ship, but how to sail one.