post-modern literary world which had long ago shed the pedestrian concerns of character and conflict
How Not To Write A Novel
Neil Stevenson

Well, it looks like you’ve figured out to write villains…

I kid. I’m sure they’re sweet people. It’s just that storytelling is an ancient tradition, and the “post-modern literary world” doesn’t escape or transcend that. “No story” is a type of story.

Sometimes this kind of work is called “experimental”. However, scientists don’t do experiments for the sake of experiments; they do them to learn something. Engineers use that knowledge to build wonderful and amazing things. As a writer, I want to be a creative engineer.

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