Say what you mean, mean what you say.
What are you trying to do?
Every writer reaches the point: fish or cut bait
If you were writing the Great American Love Story, what would you put in it?
- A highly improbable love, implausible but not impossible
- People from different countries and backgrounds (this is an American love story)
- Obstacles too numerous to enumerate
- Encumbrances in the form of exes and current significant others
- Fame and celebrity
- Self-awareness and selfishness
- From courting to marriage to Divorce, and everything in between
- Publicity, fandom, and the press
- Battles, cannon, submarines, and horses
- Obsession, lies, and betrayal – oh, and convenient half-truths and omissions and innuendo
- A little discreet sex and some violence
- Mayhem and chaos
- Hospitals, hotels, and houses
- Health, disability, illness
- Sexism, racism, ageism, ableism
- Values, standards, responsibility, duty, and impossible expectations of self and others
- Politics (not too many politics – it confuses things)
- Law (law gets into everything)
- Art and science
- Characters of all ages, from embryos to fetuses to preemies to nineties
- Hope, and all the virtues and vices, especially Pride
- Consequences, consequences, consequences
- And all the problems of the modern world you can fit in.
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