"Never open your story with a character thinking, I advise my students. As a further precaution, don’t put a character in a room alone – create a friend, a bystander, a genie, for God’s sake, any sentient creature with whom your main character can converse, perhaps argue or, better yet, engage in some action. If a person is out and doing, it’s more likely that something interesting might happen to her or him. Shut up in a room with only his thoughts for company … well, that way lies fictional disaster."
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Les Standiford (via writingquotes)
I mean, there are no “rules” about writing, but I think this is a good example of one of those things that is hard to pull off if you’re not a pretty seasoned writer, and a trap that a lot of young people fall into, in cases where it’d probably be more beneficial to their story if they followed the above advice. Know what I’m sayinnn?