Octavia Butler … You don’t start out writing good stuff.

Octavia Butler … You don’t start out writing good stuff.


Octavia Butler (1947-2006) was an American science fiction writer. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Butler was one of the best-known women in the field. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, nicknamed the “Genius Grant.”


During an interview in 1988 she spoke briefly about her writing routine.

Mornings are for writing. Actually I get up early, before dawn and do my morning walk, then I write until late morning. Later in the day I might have another writing period, but my morning writing period is essential. About four hours, maybe a little more. It’s a kind of habit. If I’m not there, I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing. A good habit is as hard to break as a bad one.



The back of one of Octavia Butler’s notebooks …

 Octavia Butler website with list of her books


5 responses to “Octavia Butler … You don’t start out writing good stuff.

  1. This is very inspirational. And she is very true about writing crap, thinking it’s good. Hopefully it evolves into writing good stuff, but thinking it’s crap…

  2. Hi Lucy. How are you doing ?.I think the secret is to write crap that sells. There certainly is a lot of it about these days. Hopefully you will.rectify this.

  3. I truly believe this
    practice practice practice
    Day after day
    Thank you again Chris
    See you on the other side of creativity
    As always Sheldon

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