By Damon Knight

Distilled from a long time of training and perform, this publication deals transparent and direct recommendation on constitution, pacing, discussion, getting rules, operating with the subconscious, and extra. Newly revised and accelerated for this 3rd variation, Creating brief Fiction is a well-liked and extensively depended on advisor to writing brief tales of originality, toughness, and caliber. Celebrated short-story writer and writing teacher Knight additionally contains many examples and workouts which have been powerful in school rooms and workshops everywhere.

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But I didn't start with that or any other theme, and 1 was not conscious of it while I wrote. I knew it was there, all right, but I also knew that if I let it come up to consciousness I would start trying to elaborate it in mechanical, logical ways, and it would be a clunker. What usually happens when a writer deliberately begins with a theme is that it distorts everything else. For one thing, it becomes painfully obvious that the characters are not selfemployed but are working for the author, doing what she tells them to.

Then, why is he here? ) 2. A mystery story involving a footprint left by someone with a deformed foot. (How deformed? When and how? Is the Idea into Story 37 person who left the footprint the murderer or not? Where is the footprint, and what was that person doing there? ) 3. An erotic story about a foot-fetishist. (What sort of feet does he like, and why? What does he do to gratify his desire? How do his love-objects respond to him? ) 4. A love story about a well-dressed young man who attracts the attention of a waitress by coming into a restaurant barefoot.

If at any point you feel you have "run dry" or are stopped for no apparent reason, again put the story out of your mind and wait for an idea to surface. Repeat this process until the story is finished. Idea into Story 34 Creating Short Fiction Getting Ideas If I had been a newspaper reporter, my doctor probably would have said, "You must meet a lot of interesting people," but he would not have asked where I got my ideas. A reporter simply writes about something that happens. But fiction is written "out of the author's head," and that makes it mysterious.

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