Interviews from the Void: Episode #48 – Andy Weir

Highlights Writing about the future can be a positive experience. Regular output is critical to writing. Finish the project you start. Don’t wander off. I write optimistic futures because I honestly believe the future is bright. Welcome to the forty-eighth episode of Interviews from the Void where I interview writers about their writing process, discussing the mechanics and physicality of the craft. In this episode, I’m honored and excited to be chatting with writer Andy Weir. Arthur: I love and appreciate your perspective on science fiction: a positive outlook for humanity, contrary to the dismal dystopian settings. Does this stem from your general outlook on life? Do you think more positivity in a story has a greater impact on audiences than a negative? Andy: I don’t know about how it affects the audience – I think readers just want a good story. I write optimistic futures because I honestly believe the future is bright. If you look at any year in history and compare it to one 100 years later, which is better? In almost every case, you would like the latter year better. Humanity just keeps getting better. Arthur: Do you have any writing techniques or practices you employ to hone your craft? Do you mind sharing? Andy: The main thing is to keep your output coming. You have to actually write. To do that, I set a word count goal of 1000 words per day when I’m working on a first draft. THE MARTIAN had a total of[…] [Keep Reading]