Dan Simmons on writing, and Mark Twain.

Author, Dan Simmons

Insightful article by the inestimable novelist Dan Simmons, on learning to write well, starting with the tips of Mark Twain:

“The people in the story shall be alive, except in the case of the corpses, and the reader should be able to tell the corpses from the others.”

via Dan Simmons – Authors Official Web Site.