You must understand that when you’re writing a novel you are not making anything up. It’s all there and you just have to find it.
Rule 63a. Always make the bad guy smarter, thereby putting the good guy in an unwinnable situation. No, I’m not talking about Pan Am.
Every line of Trek script I write is another inspiration for a band name. Full Impulse. Evasive Maneuvers. Dammit Man. The Illogicals.
I write because I can’t help but make things up. I write because I love to tell stories. I write because my imagination compels me to do so. I write because if I didn’t, I’d be branded a pathological liar. Oh, and also because I’m still trying to make my dead father proud of me. But that’s none of your goddamn business.
Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction. If not so, why do so many couples who start the evening at dinner wind up in bed?
I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they “don’t have time to read.” This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t have time to buy any rope or pitons.
Outlines are the last resource of bad fiction writers who wish to God they were writing masters’ theses.