Not because they’re annoyed, but because they don’t know. And I think being asked makes them (us) feel silly.
The recipe for a novel tends to read more like one for Grandma’s secret family meatballs, than one from a cookbook. It has a pinch of this and a dollop of that—all those measurements that aren’t really measurements. But I can tell you one or two things that always go into the soup.
Character’s emotions are echos of those we ourselves experience.
I’ve never had a child with brain damage like Brian in The Scent of Wrath. But I have had a sick child. I know that sinking feeling a parent has when the doctor gives them news they don’t want to hear. [Read more…] about Dogs, Anchorites, and Angels in the Attic-Where do authors get their ideas?