How To Write About Love While the World Is Falling Apart

I wrote what I hoped would be a slightly unconventional novel that would ideally be really accessible. It took me a long time to figure out how to do this! Part of the problem was that when I was in middle school and they tried to get us to write short stories, they would tell us to write a summary of what was going to happen and then write the story. This is great! Here’s the problem: If I write out what’s going to happen in the story, then I already wrote the story. I have no idea how to write if I already know what’s going to happen. For me, it means I can’t be surprised, and if I can’t be surprised then the reader can’t be surprised, and nobody will have a fun why time, and so then, bother? So I got rid of the already very loose plot, and I decided to write about the lives of the main characters, and the world around them. It’s a love story set in a bad dream about America.

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