Daily Archives: Thursday, 21 June 2012



Has anyone out there heard of or participated in the website Fanstory? It looks interesting, but I think it could possibly be a scam… maybe? Since I’ve already dealt with enough scams to last a lifetime, I’m wary. I’d like to get some feedback from some writers who’ve actually used it before I take the plunge. Anyone care to help me out?

Novels Are Never About What They Are About

Novels are never about what they are about; that is, there is always deeper, or more general, significance. The author may not be aware of this till she is pretty far along with it. A novel’s whole pattern is rarely apparent at the outset of writing, or even at the end; that is when the writer finds out what a novel is about, and the job becomes one of understanding and deepening or sharpening what is already written. That is finding the theme. —DIANE JOHNSON