Fiction is about stuff that's screwed up.

— Nancy Kress

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Characterization is not divorced from plot, not a coat of paint you slap on after the structure of events is already built. Rather characterization is inseparable from plot.

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There are two wrong reactions to a rejection slip: deciding it's a final judgment on your story and/or talent, and deciding it's no judgment on your story and/or talent.

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What characters do must grow out of who they are, and who they are is, in turn, influenced by what you make happen to them.

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Technology is Darwinian. It spreads. It evolves. It adapts. The most dangerous wipes out the less fit.

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You think intelligence and grit can succeed by themselves, but I'm telling you that's a pretty illusion.

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Every paragraph should accomplish two goals: advance the story, and develop your characters as complex human beings.

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Changers are characters who alter in significant ways as a result of the events of your story. They learn something or grow into better or worse people, but by the end of the story they are not the same personalities they were in the beginning. Their change, in its various stages, is called the story's emotional arc.

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Anything said in upper-crust British automatically sounded intelligent.

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In commercial fiction especially, everything in the story usually contributes directly to the plot The shorter the story, the truer this is

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Conflict is the place where character and plot intersect.

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You must learn to be three people at once: writer, character, and reader.

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Religious reverence for one's own job, even if the job is worth doing, is a sexual turnoff.

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About Nancy Kress

Quotes 13 sayings
Profession Fiction writer
Birthday January 20, 1948
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