” When a story is flying along, and I’m so into it that my ‘real’ world goes away, it can feel magical. I cease to be, my desk and computer ceases to be, and I am my character in his world. Psychologists call this a ‘flow state,’ and it’s better than publication, money, awards, fame. “


” Your opening should give the reader a person to focus on. In a short story, this person should turn up almost immediately, he should be integral to the story’s main action, he should be an individual, not just a type. In a novel, the main character may take longer to appear: Anna Karenina doesn’t show up in her own novel until chapter eighteen. “


” Pace, like everything else in writing, involves a trade-off. If you’re not offering the reader a lot of action to keep her interested, you must offer something else in its stead. Slow pace is ideal for complex character development, detailed description, and nuances of style. “


” A brief short story may require only a few paragraphs after the climax. On the other hand, in his massive novel ‘The World According to Garp,’ John Irving’s denouement consisted of 10 separate sections, each devoted to an individual character’s fate and each almost a story in itself. “


” In one sense, every character you create will be yourself. You’ve never murdered, but your murderer’s rage will be drawn from memories of your own extreme anger. Your love scenes will contain hints of your own past kisses and sweet moments. “


” Exposition has legitimate uses. It’s the most efficient way to summarize background information, including necessary information about a character’s history. It can set the stage well for a major dramatized event. “



All 6 Nancy Kress Quotes about Character in picture


When a story is flying along, and I
Your opening should give the reader a person to focus on. In a short story, this person should turn up almost immediately, he should be integral to the story
Pace, like everything else in writing, involves a trade-off. If you
A brief short story may require only a few paragraphs after the climax. On the other hand, in his massive novel
In one sense, every character you create will be yourself. You
Exposition has legitimate uses. It