Talk is cheap

Sometimes it is easy to say too much. If you’re a productive fellow you probably have a ton of ideas, some hopes, and a dream or two. The projects are piling up and as you work your way through them you can’t help but start looking towards the horizon for the Next Big Thing that you’ll dazzle the world with.

Do yourself a favor and shut up.

I know all too well how easy it is to start talking about a project way too early. It’s gonna be great, I just know it, and then I’ll convince anyone who’ll listen that this is the case. Most of the time they’ll believe me, I’m persuasive like that. You might be too.

The problem is when you don’t deliver. Real artists ship, you know. So keep your projects, ideas and plans to yourself and don’t start talking about them until the very last moment, ideally a bit later than that. You’ll get a nice reputation of being the one who always delivers, which will make your impact all the better.


Have you read <em>Haunted Futures</em> yet? cover

Have you read Haunted Futures yet?

I’ve got a story in the science fiction/near future anthology Haunted Futures, together with the likes of Warren Ellis and Tricia Sullivan. Check it out!