A good story happens when you get your character down that blasted rabbit hole. The plot is just a vehicle for the characters. When they are dealing with problems, they have to reveal themselves for who they are. Just keep them moving and let them bounce off each other. Start now. Don't worry about the past. [...]
If you never complete a first draft then you never know your story. Write without full knowledge of what you are about to write. Let the subconscious sum up the premises and intentions you have slept on and thought about over many days. Write without judgement and do not edit until the last word of [...]
Murakami’s sense of himself as a sort of pipeline – a conduit between his subconscious and that of his readers – is so pronounced that he even pauses, after referring to himself in passing as a “natural storyteller”, to issue a correction: “No, I’m not a storyteller. I’m a story watcher.” His relationship to those [...]
Try doodling an outline. It doesn't always have to be structured and numbered. Outline everything. Get into the habit of outlining from the start. It will save time in the long run.
I have a ton of books I want to read. When I was a teenager, I would obsessively read everything by a favourite author. Nowadays I recognise it’s just not possible to read everything. There is not enough time. Knowing this, what is it that we want for our readers? Our readers are strangers, yet [...]
Last night at the Original Writers Group we talked about that difficult subject of finding a story. I asked who carried notebooks and was surprised at how many writers didn’t. Ideas can come at any time, anywhere. They are inspired by the world around us. Usually, they happen at the most inconvenient time, like when [...]
Truth is grey, not black and white. What we believe to be true can change over time. There is an inscription above a door at the German Naval Officers School in Kiel that reads: Say not ‘this is the truth’ but ‘so it seems to me to be as I now see things I think [...]