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06.02.2015 13:39    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Beginnings      Tags: elinor glyn  system of writing  beginnings  

Do Not Keep the Reader Waiting. A story may be begun expositorily, by giving the main traits of the chief character or characters by description of place, person or persons, by narrative of action, and by dialogue. Of these methods the purely expository is rather old-fashioned and ineffective. It may, admittedly, be interspersed properly with the other methods of beginning: thus the first paragraph may be a judicious mixture of vitally needed description, narrative, and exposition. Yet, the method of introducing a story in the purely expository manner, especially if it be rather lengthy, is to be avoided. The dominant traits of a certain character will be brought out in the action or dialogue of the story, so why bother to tell about them beforehand?


~Elinor Glyn

From "The Elinor Glyn System Of Writing"



Elinor Glyn




Elinor Glyn, née Sutherland (17 October 1864 – 23 September 1943), was a English-born journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and actress who pioneered mass-market women’s erotic fiction. Born Elinor Sutherland, she coined the use of 'It' as a euphemism for sex appeal. Novelist and scriptwriter who specialised in romantic fiction which was considered scandalous for its time. She popularized the concept of It. Although her works are relatively tame by modern standards, she had tremendous influence on early 20th century popular culture and perhaps on the careers of notable Hollywood stars such as Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson and Clara Bow in particular.

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