“Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally their’s an explosion–that’s Plot.” -Leigh Brackett

“Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If there are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink and paper that will turn wooden figures into flesh and blood.” -Leslie Gordon Barnard

“We writers are apt to forget that, as the gunsmoke fogs and the hero rides wildly to the rescue, although the background of this furious action is fixed indelibly in our own minds, it is not fixed in the mind of the reader. He won’t won’t see or feel it unless you make him–bearing always in mind that you can’t stop the gunfight or racing horses to do the job.” -Gunnison Steele

“It’s like making a movie: All sorts of accidental things will happen after you’ve set up the cameras.  So you get lucky. Something will happen at the edge of the set and perhaps you start to go with that; you get some footage of that. You come into it accidentally. You set the story in motion and as you’re watching this thing begin, all these opportunities will show up. So, in order to exploit one thing or another, you may have to do research. You may have to find out more about Chinese immigrants, or you may have to find out about Halley’s Comet, or whatever, where you didn’t realize that you were going to have Chinese or Halley’s Comet in the story. So you do research on that, and it implies more, and the deeper you get into the story, the more it implies, the more suggestions it makes on the plot. Toward the end, the ending becomes inevitable.” -Kurt Vonnegut

“You can’t write a novel all at once, any more than you can swallow a whole whale in one gulp. You do have to break it up into smaller chunks. But those smaller chunks aren’t good old familiar short stories. Novel’s aren’t built out of short stories. They’re built out of scenes.” -Orson Scott Card

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