I think writers need windows on a view to remind them that a whole world is out there, not the minutiae with which they might be dealing on a close scale.
I don’t often reread my own books, unless I am going into another in the series and need to refresh my mood when originating the concept.
A good story is a good story no matter who wrote it.
Because we build the worlds we wouldn’t mind living in. They contain scary things, problems, but also a sense of rightness that makes them alive and makes us want to live there.
That’s what writing is all about, after all, making others see what you have put down on the page and believing that it does, or could, exist and you want to go there.
I do outlines when I’m writing with someone, but they also need to have a certain amount of freedom.
The thing is, emotion – if it’s visibly felt by the writer – will go through all the processes it takes to publish a story and still hit the reader right in the gut. But you have to really mean it.
Anne McCaffrey Quotes