I see fictional people. And they don't know they're fictional.
After reading my novel (old draft, now discarded) for the first time, my brother’s fiancée asked me where I got the idea.
I had no idea what to say.
There are dozens of rules in writing – ones you should follow and ones you should break – but there are three basic tenets at the core of good fiction that you ought to know. I’ll expand on the Three Laws as we go along. For now, here’s an overview: