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01.06.2011 03:04    Comments: 0    Categories: Creative Writing  Fiction Elements  Writing Tips  Fiction Writing      Tags: anatomy of a story  george singleton  

Source: Pep Talks, Warnings & Screeds by George Singleton, with illustrations by Daniel Wallace

If you compare a novel or short story to the human body—or to the body of any mammal—then you need a spleen (for clean sentences), a liver (the toxin detector), lungs (to take in the fresh and vital, and expel the stale), kidneys (to purify), brain (the center of both logic and emotion), and so on. Fiction also needs a heartbeat (rhythm, circulation-of-sorts, action transported to the other "organs"), certainly, and therefore it needs a heart.

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