Blurbs From 2014 Tony Hillerman Conference

S T E V E H A V I L L

WRITING A SERIES: JOYS AND PITFALLS

Be yourself – don’t copy.

Create a large world. Stress setting.

“Once you create a character, he is forever that character.”

Once you mention a knife, there’s no need to describe it. “When she has to use it, we’ll know.”

Write a character driven story.

Beware of endearing habits or pets. “If there’s no reason for the pet, shoot the dog.”

A trilogy shows the writer has a plan.

Rule: Be hard on your heroes.

Map your book.

P.S. These notes were mine – don’t blame Steve for anything but the quoted material — and even then, there was plenty of context. And I’m sure he loves dogs. You get the idea. These are the highlights. Use them if you can.

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