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I suspect you're talking about the "1 buy per world" rule. @Wetcircuit explained it well here: In the Writing Excuses podcast "How Weird is too Weird?", they suggest the reader will accept 1 "buy" for the world and everything else should derive from that. A story with multiple unrelated "buys" will seem unfocused, trying to do too much at once. I've ...


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For me one of the uses of writing is to help me work out, clarify and order my thoughts on some matter. The process of developing a clear and definite explanation for someone else, regardless of whether anybody else actually reads it or not, helps me make sure that I really do understand what I think I understand and exposes any areas where I need to do ...


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Because it makes sense to you, or helps you make sense of and keep track of who, what, when, where, why, and how. Even if your reader doesn't necessarily need to know, it all too often helps you, as an author. It's world building, basically.


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I think it can be very rewarding for a humble writer to create something concise and share it with a single other person. It becomes a kind of intimate experience for them, being the first person ever to read a story intentionally crafted by another human being. Unfortunately I don't have an answer for you as to why you should want to write something nobody ...


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When I was in high school, a friend and I wandered together downtown and came across a psychic's booth. Out of curiosity, we stepped inside. We were both writers, she told us. My friend wrote for herself and it didn't matter to her if others saw it. But I was different. I wrote for others to see. No magic required; she nailed it. I've kept a ...


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I'd like to address the premise of your question. Writing can be a very difficult, frustrating, stressful and effortful process. That's subjective. For some, writing is an easy, fulfilling, relaxing, and calming process. This poster in particular finds leading people to be difficult, frustrating, stressful and effortful. That's why I write novels, write ...


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Storytelling is more than just consumption. Consider three stages: Model the story. Design a setting, characters, conflict, plot, and flavour. Portray the models created in stage 1. The audience interprets the portrayal. The reason to write a book no one else will read would - in this perspective - be to portray the models designed in stage 1 as well as ...


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What is the point of going to the gym, when you know you will never compete in the Olympics? You do it because it is fun, it is entertaining, and it is good for the soul. If you write to become the first great american author, 1. you will fail, 2. you will not write, 3. the process wouldn't even be fun.


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Writing is not a passion for me, not at all. I never wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be a scientist, and I became a scientist. As a scientist, I spent much of my life learning. Through learning (whether through direct learning or through teaching which is also a form of learning), I came to see that life is more worthwhile if we actually grow during the ...


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For me, writing is a passion. Not writing is an impossibility. There are stories in my mind; I need to tell them. I need to find out where they go, how they go, what they mean. I have something in mind when I start a story, but it changes, mutates, I do not fully understand it until it is written and finished. I find out what I think and how I feel about ...


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For many years --decades actually --my goal with every piece of writing I wrote was that it be read and appreciated by someone. There were plenty of things I wrote that didn't achieve that goal, and ended up moldering away in some corner of my hard-drive, but I viewed those projects as failures. I write to connect with other people, and anything that doesn't ...


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Finish what you start. Your instincts are correct. The more weight you give an element, any element, the more readers are going to understand it as something that will be important later on. But, that doesn't necessarily mean that if an element is important, then you're required to build a whole subplot around it and keep bringing it up again and again! ...


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