Jack M. Bickham was born 2 September 1930, and died 25 July 1997
- Writers write. Everyone else makes excuses.
- Fiction is movement. Description is static… Whenever you try to inflict on your readers a detailed description, your story stops… Description must be worked in carefully, in bits and pieces, to keep the reader seeing, hearing, and feeling your story world.
- Honing your ability to observe accurately – and to write down what you’ve noticed – must be part of your lifelong commitment to fiction.
- Your style and attitude in your stories should be like a clean pane of glass through which the reader sees the action. If you pose and posture in your copy, you’ll draw attention to you as a writer, rather than to what’s happening on your page. And that’s always bad.
- In fiction conflict not only reveals character, it virtually creates character as the story person is tested again and again in harrowing struggle.
- Just because a character is is strongly goal-motivated and active doesn’t mean he has to be a superhero. A character may be active – refuse to give up or stop trying – yet still be scared or sometimes unsure of himself.
- Fiction isn’t reality . . . it’s better.
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