1. 10

    The characters you refer to as predatory and unsavory are useful. They're the ones who make a novel into a thriller. They're active, and most of the common virtues, the signs of a good person, are not.

  2. 9

    Once you have invented a character with three dimensions and a voice, you begin to realize that some of the things you'd like him to do to further your plot are things that such a person wouldn't, or couldn't, do.

  3. 8

    Much of what we do in life has a huge component of luck.

  4. 7

    If I don't have a project going, I sit down and begin to write something - a character sketch, a monologue, a description of some sight, or even just a list of ideas.

  5. 6

    I had been writing fiction since I was in eighth grade, because I loved it.

  6. 5

    I do want to write about Jane Whitefield again, but only when I have a good enough idea - something I've figured out about her that's news and that's worth a reader's time.

  7. 4

    But at the same time, the commonplace statement about them is true: every character is the hero of his own story. Each has a justification for his actions that is convincing to him. It's fun to give these people voices.

  8. 3

    I don't have dry seasons, because I don't allow them.

  9. 2

    I do try not to spend much time reading in the suspense genre.

  10. 1

    Reading a novel in which all characters illustrate patience, hard work, chastity, and delayed gratification could be a pretty dull experience.

  11. Last Update: 22 May 2022

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