Thursday, July 30, 2015

Beginners and Continuing

© by Gerald So | | 12:00 P.M.

Yesterday, SleuthSayers blogger Rob Lopresti brought up characters continued after their creators die. Citing Lawrence Block's remarks about Nero Wolfe continuation author Robert Goldsborough, Lopresti made a case against beginning writers copying their idols. Instead, Lopresti wrote, they should find their own voices.

Several of Rob's (and my) fellow Short Mystery Fiction Society members commented, echoing Rob's stance against continuation. In my comment, I agreed beginning writers shouldn't spend too long copying, but put in a good word for series continuation in general.

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