While my writing colleagues were studying vignettes and denouements, I was busy studying quarks and relativity. Quantum physics does lead to a few interesting insights for a science fiction writer like myself, but it doesn’t help at all with some of those subtle creative writing concepts. Like how to write an effective denouement–a fancy word for that chapter at the end of novel after the climax that ties up loose ends (I think)–or how not to write a vignette (a fancy word for a story that goes no where, or so I am told).
So perhaps one day I’ll write an effective denouement for a novel about a train travelling at 80% of the speed of light into a tunnel that is being bombarded by quarks, and avoid it being a vignette. Or perhaps I’ll just let the freakin’ fast train denude the forest on its way to the tunnel and let the vigilantes track down the quark annihilator,
For the record, a quark is a subatomic particle and relativity basically says you can’t travel faster than the speed of light, thanks to a really smart dude named Einstein who probably could have been a really great Sci Fi writer if he had wanted to. But then again he might have just written vignettes too.