Richard Russo Quote

A plot, I used to remind my students, is not merely a sequence of events: A followed by B followed by C followed by D. Rather, it's a series of events linked by cause and effect: A causes B, which causes C, and so on. True, a person's (or a fictional character's) destiny may be more than the sum of his choices--fate and luck play a role as well--but only scientists (and not all of them) believe that free will is a sham. People in life--and therefore in fiction--must choose, and their choices must have meaningful consequences. Otherwise, there's no story.

Richard Russo

A plot, I used to remind my students, is not merely a sequence of events: A followed by B followed by C followed by D. Rather, it's a series of events linked by cause and effect: A causes B, which causes C, and so on. True, a person's (or a fictional character's) destiny may be more than the sum of his choices--fate and luck play a role as well--but only scientists (and not all of them) believe that free will is a sham. People in life--and therefore in fiction--must choose, and their choices must have meaningful consequences. Otherwise, there's no story.

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About Richard Russo

Richard Russo (July 15, 1949) is an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and teacher.