She made some interesting points about fiction writing.
I made a note of three of them. Here they are:
- every novel needs an emotional engine--often this arises from some sort of intrinsic conflict between key characters or from the main character's backstory which somehow propels the narrative forward
- affective and memorable stories often have tragedy at their core
- in your novel be sure to balance "dark" passages with "life affirming" passages
That's all I wrote down.