When writing loses touch with the beautiful surface of the world, it loses its way. You always want to be in touch with how things look and what people say and what they call their dogs.
– Garrison Keillor
I wanted to share this quote because it represents so well what I believe is crucial as a writer. I may write science fiction, but it still has to feel real. That means having characters and worlds that feel real. And that means understanding what it is to feel real for other people. What they think, what they dream of, what they do for a job, the structure of the society, the city. Some details may change as we progress technologically, but people rarely do. In a general way, we still have the same hope and dreams as we did thousands of years ago. As a writer, part of your duty is to convey that to the reader in a way they can relate to.