...Do you see things in black and white, or are there shades of gray for you?" "I hope there's gray...Black and white make things easier, but only if you don't want to think.
Fiction has to be plausible. All history has to do is happen.
A horsefly can't do a horse much real damage, but it can drive it wild anyhow.
Many things are possible. Few things are certain.
I learned by reading an awful lot and by writing a half a million words of stuff nobody would do anything with except wrap old fish.
I do first draft in longhand, which saves a lot of rewriting. I try to get a certain amount done each day. Don't always, but I try. Then I clean up in the rewrites.
You can write better about a place you've seen for yourself. You don't have to have been there - I've sure written about places I've never seen - but it does help.
People you don't like are pigheaded. Your friends are stubborn, or hold to their purpose.
Plausible development, building from what we know about what really did go on, and a whacking good story… Surrounded by Enemies delivers on both, big-time. So hold on to your hats, folks. You’re in for quite a ride.
I'm a social caterpillar. I am not a social butterfly
You count snouts,” Straha said. “Whichever side can persuade most snouts to join it prevails. It does not have to be clever. It does not have to be wise. It only needs to be popular.
I first tried a novel when I was 14. First finished one when I was 16. First started working on stuff that had a chance of being salable in my early 20s, then didn't write much fiction at all because I was in grad school.
People were as they were, not not as he wished them to be.
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