“… How you ever heard yourself say ‘I wrote this scene in this way because I was concerned that…’?
“You’re not writing toward something as much as you’re writing away from something else.
“Is this a subtle distinction? I don’t think so. Writing something because you don’t want the scene or character to be something else is, unfortunately, substitutive. It’s placeholding. It’s also depriving you of an opportunity to write something…you know…good….”