...being safe is the last thing that will serve you as a writer. As a writer, you spend time forgetting rules, forgetting what you know, so you can write, instead, those things your characters know. Quite often, characters serve the function of informing a writer of things he or she does not know.
My characters pull me, push me, take me further than I want to go, fling open doors to rooms I don't want to enter, throw me into interstellar space, and all this long before my mind is ready for it.
It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.
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