Science fiction writer Charles Stross held an Ask Me Anything interview on Reddit, sharing tips for aspiring writers.

Stross (pictured, via) shared a link to the free Turkey City Lexicon, a handy collection of overused cliches, terms and techniques in science fiction writing (compiled by Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner). However, many of the problems mentioned in the free collection can help all kinds of writers.

Here’s more about the handbook: “This manual is intended to focus on the special needs of the science fiction workshop. Having an accurate and descriptive critical term for a common SF problem makes it easier to recognize and discuss … The terms here were generally developed over a period of many years in many workshops. Those identified with a particular writer are acknowledged in parentheses at the end of the entry.”

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