Anonymous said: Any advice for a wannabe writer?
Cultivate your memory. Learn how to remember a series of details and access them in your mind quickly. Last night at dinner, I told the story about how I learned plotting. As children, my siblings and I weren’t allowed to stay up and watch a television horror program called “Night Gallery.” So our mother watched it and had to remember every plot point so she could relate the story to us over breakfast the next morning. Years later, when my father had joint custody and visitation, he’d take us to see movies without my mother. Back home, she’d grill us to relate every plot point so she could determine if the movie had been suitable for kids. Likewise, my friend Chelsea Cain learned plotting as her mother took her to foreign films and had to whisper the characters’ motivations and translate their dialogue. So, to become a writer, practice recalling long series of causal events. Memorize poems and songs. All of this work will serve your writing.