Last Thursday and Friday I had some major fun with these two cats:
When you wake up to gruesome headlines and then go for a walk, you will often see things in a new light, and perhaps small things will now seem to be major blessings.
Let the wrong books go and wait for the right one to come along.
Something needs to be present at the heart of the story for it to work.
There are projects you do because you're solving puzzles, and there are projects you do because you need to tell a story.
Ask yourself, Who are these people and why are they making all these terrible decisions? From there you should be able to determine the burning question about WHY the story is being told at all. Without this the entire work collapses.
There are three different categories of theme all writers have to contend with:
1. There are the things all books are about, like mortality and love.
2. Then there are the things a particular book is about: man's relationship to nature, or the aftershocks of empire.
3. And then there are the themes YOU write about, things that you keep returning to, even if you think you have already dealt with them in your work.
And, by the way, BFG, stands for Billy "Flippin' Gibbons.
"The angle of the dangle, is equal to the heat of the meat."
—Old Horndog Saying