Art goes into the world unarmed, vulnerable to every quirk of fate, and it must survive only by its power to move men not to destroy it.
If they aren't real enough to surprise me, then they aren't real enough to go on the page.
Storylines are how characters create the plots involved in their stories.
Their Characters Create
I'm not a good collaborator in general.
Providing a writer isn't put off by conventions - and some are - attending them can be a nice break from the necessary isolation of writing.
Isolation Some Off
Very few editors worry about heresy - their goals are much too commercial, thank goodness.
Thank Thank Goodness Much
Isn't that an odd philosophy for a vampire?
Common folk didn't have last names in the 8th and 9th centuries.