Don’t Tell Me The Moon Is Shinning

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

Anton Chekhov Quotes (Author of Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov). (2020). Retrieved 29 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5031025.Anton_Chekhov

Minute Particulars Are Essential

In displaying the psychology of your characters, minute particulars are essential. God save us from vague generalizations!

Anton Chekhov Quotes (Author of Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov). (2020). Retrieved 29 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5031025.Anton_Chekhov

Future Fairy Tales

The truth is that Trout, like Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury and many others, writes parables. These are set in frames which have become called, for no good reason, science fiction. A better generic term would be ‘future fairy tales’. And even this is objectionable, since many science fiction stories take place in the present or the past, far and near.

Philip José Farmer Quotes (Author of To Your Scattered Bodies Go). (2020). Retrieved 26 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/10089.Philip_Jos_Farmer

I Like To Put Some Funny Into My Writing

I like to put some funny into my writing, and unless your main character is a wisecracker, it’s hard to be funny and yet still have the distance you need when you want things to get serious. In third person, I can go from ridiculous to deadly serious without the characters seeming inconsistent.

Nebula Awards 2010 Interview: M.K. Hobson – SFWA. [online] Available at: https://www.sfwa.org/2011/08/nebula-awards-2010-interview-m-k-hobson/ [Accessed 21 Jan. 2020].

All Plots Come From The Character’s Trying To Get Something

All plot comes from the character’s trying to get something, to achieve something, wanting, desiring, longing.

Goodreads.com. (2020). Robert Olen Butler Quotes (Author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/90820.Robert_Olen_Butler [Accessed 20 Jan. 2020].

Writer-Directors Of The Cinema Of Inner Consciousnesses

Fiction writers are the writer-directors of the cinema of inner consciousness.

Goodreads.com. (2020). Robert Olen Butler Quotes (Author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/90820.Robert_Olen_Butler [Accessed 20 Jan. 2020].