“I see myself as opening doors and windows, but what comes in and out of those openings…”
Ursula K. LeGuin, paraphrased from an audio interview
For me, writing fiction is an extremely mysterious process. Not mysterious technically, you still write everyday and try not to self-criticize while it’s coming out. The mystery is the balance between things you consciously do (opening doors and windows) and those unknown things that may step through them. This is the kind of writing that fascinates me, a story that taps into something unseen and unsaid that, nonetheless, is there and undeniable.
This balance is the trickiest part of writing a novel. It is so easy to take the obvious path or create something highly exaggerated for effect. So much writing, especially speculative fiction and fantasy, is clumsy. The really good stuff is rare because it is walking on the edge without a parachute.