- Good fiction has suspense, which comes from moral dilemma and the courage to make and act upon choices. False suspense comes from the accidental and meaningless occurrence of one damned thing after another.
- A writer who cares more for language calls attention away from the story to himself.
- The basic plot form of nearly all good fiction is: A central character wants something, goes after it despite opposition (perhaps including his own doubts), and so arrives at a win, lose or draw.
…the true novelist is the one who doesn’t quit. Novel writing is not so much a profession as a yoga, or “way,” an alternative to ordinary life in the world. Its benefits are quasi-religious — a changed quality of mind and heart, satisfactions no non-novelist can understand — and its rigors generally bring no profit except to the spirit. For those who are authentically called to the profession, spiritual profits are enough.
(love that last line)
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