Think of this as Volume 17, Number 37 of the newsletter I have written weekly since March, 1997. Enjoy.
This caused me, while still on our cruise ship, to write the following, which I now offer to the rest of you in hopes it helps, just a little, with those struggling to write good fiction:
Fiction is hard. Wish I could do it better.
Anyone who starts in to write fiction is in for a lot of hard work. Creating worlds, stories, and people who never really existed is the most difficult task you can imagine -- it is a feat of pure imagination. Anyone who does it, anyone who succeeds at it, becomes a hero in my book.
Here is what I've learned, and often failed to apply, in writing fiction.