How to Be an Edgy Speculative Fiction Writer

  • Be a white male. 
  • Also be straight and cisgender.
  • Say you are liberal and sympathetic to feminists and minorities.
  • But continue to reap the benefits of white male privilege. 
  • Have a Twitter picture where you look Daring and Bold. 
  • Read H. P. Lovecraft. Worship at his altar. 
  • Attend a workshop which is only prestigious within genre circles. Brag about it to everyone, and all the time.
  • Scorn genre conventions.
  • Adhere to genre conventions. 
  • Say you love myths and Joseph Campbell.
  • Never read myths or folktales. 

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