Writing fiction = reporting stories in reverse

AKA – How a nonvisual person thinks visually. I was down at the coffee shop struggling to write last night — only partially because a very loud person at the next table was giving a chess lesson to a kid — and as I worked through a tough emotional scene between Ziva and Damon, part of my brain was thinking about how it was just like when I was a reporter gathering information for a story, but backwards. My beat for most of my time as a reporter was a town that had a fairly hairy stretch of road, which …

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