Points to ponder
♠1. Good girls and good boys rarely grow up to become good writers.
♠2. The good in good person and the good in good book is almost never the same thing.
♠3. You can’t have a good book full of only good people.
♠4. A bad book is almost never bad because of the bad people in it. If anything, good bad characters make a book super good.
♠5. A writer cannot be all good if s/he wants to write a good book. Bad thoughts generate good ideas.
♠6. A writer cannot draw from only good experiences in life if s/he wants to be a good writer. No experience is too bad, too low, too shallow, too trite or too inconsequential to be put in a good book.
♠7. No book can be too bad, too racy, too objectionable or too shallow to be read by a person who aspires to write with an open mind.
♠8. No task or company is beneath a writer. A writer must do as many kinds of work, get to know as many kinds of people, get into as many situations as possible.
♠9. A writer has to be a gossip. Absorb other people’s lives, see them up close and personal, and then imagine the rest. Be as curious as possible about others.
♠10. A writer has to be present wherever there is drama, observe, yet be detached and not get sucked in so all points of views remain clear.