Interesting discussions about world-building, from a diverse collection of writers – Alastair Reynolds, Nnedi Okorafor, M. John Harrison, etc.

In fiction, we remember the deaths that make us sad — ScienceDaily

Meaningful deaths (death of someone that redeemed themselves or sacrificed themselves for someone else).

Happy deaths (The hero finally kills the evil villain).

Varies by genre, but across all genres, people tend to remember meaningful deaths more than others.

Tell the story that needs to be told, in the way it needs to be told, to the length it needs to be told.

Don’t poison a story by insisting it must be an apple when it’s really an orange.

Don’t stunt a story by forcing it beyond its natural growth nor by forcing it to grow in a box too small.

“Genres” and “standard story lenghs” are publisher’s artefacts, not part of storytelling.

Breakthroughs don’t come through abiding by conventions and working in boxes.