Do any of these raise their hands and volunteer a story for
The time will come when your characters will write your
stories for you, when your emotions, free of literary cant and
commercial bias, will blast the page and tell the truth.
Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow
after your characters have run by on their way to incredible
destinations. Plot is observed after the fact rather than before.
So, stand aside, forget targets, let the characters, your fingers,
body, blood, and heart do.
- Ray Bradbury, Zen and the Art of Writing