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Source: Novel Journey: Interview with Tim Maleeny.

The ideas that can drive a story immediately lead to questions. What happens next? Why did she do that? Who killed him? What would you do under similar circumstances? If a premise doesn’t lead to an endless series of questions, it won’t sustain a novel-length story.

Practical advice.

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Source: Novel Journey: Interview with Tim Maleeny.

Writers are constantly learning and seem interested in everything, no matter how trivial or obscure. They are sponges, soaking up information that will one day be regurgitated in some other form, little bits of detail or trivia that define a place, a character or a plot.

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Source: Novel Journey: Interview with Tim Maleeny.

I think writers grow up as readers — passionate readers who get lost in books in a way that casual readers don’t. At some point a subset of those readers decide they have a story inside them, and then it becomes a question of stamina and commitment. And long hours in front of a keyboard for many, many years. So I guess I’d have to say a writer is made at that moment when a reader decides there’s a great story waiting to be read, only this time they have to write the story first. That’s what writing is…telling yourself a story.

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