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 | 934 Days Ago
On The Origin and Progress of Novel Writing by Mrs. Anna Letitia Barbauld, 1743-1825: A Collection of Novels has a better chance of giving pleasure than, of commanding respect. Books of this description are condemned by the grave, and despised by the fastidious; but their leaves are seldom found unopened, and they occupy the parlour and the dressing-room while productions of higher name are often gathering dust upon the slitlf. It might not perhaps be difficult to show that this species of composition is entitled to a higher rank than has been generally assigned it. Fictitious adventures, in one form or other, have made a par* of the polite literature of every age and nation These have been grafted upon the actions of their heroes; they have been interwoven with their mythology ; they have been moulded upon the manners of the age, and, in return, have influenced the manners of the succeeding genenration by the sentiments they have infused and the sensibilities they have excited.
 | 934 Days Ago
Writing Tips On The Novel: Novel and Romance--Romanticism and Realism--Techniques of Novel and Romance--Incoherence of Novel Relative to Short Story--Novel as Medium of Self-Expression--Interpolation of Personal Comment--Significant Simplicity--Permissible Inclusiveness of Novel--Full Development of Personality-- Variety of Action--Length--Initial Idea--Story--Life-- Society--Singleness of Story--Social Emphasis. I have a small dictionary on my desk which defines the novel as a "fictitious prose narrative or tale presenting a picture of real life," and the romance as "any fictitious and wonderful tale: a fictitious narrative in prose or verse which passes beyond the limits of real life." The definitions state a distinction easier to feel vaguely than to justify. One may say with truth that Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" or Trollope's "The Warden" presents a picture of real life, but can one also say with truth that Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" or Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" passes essentially beyond the limits of real life simply because each book states a physically impossible thing--the brand of his sin over Arthur Dimmesdale's heart and the metamorphosis of Dr. Jekyll? Either matter is a mere symbol, devised to give concreteness to a spiritual fact. Is it not true than human life, the material for fiction, has its spiritual actualities as well as its physical facts? and does not the romance--as it is commonly understood--differ from the novel merely in that it narrates a real adventure of the soul rather than a real adventure of the body?
 | 951 Days Ago
The Modern Novel: a study of the purpose and the meaning of fiction (1918)
 | 956 Days Ago
The Elinor Glyn System Of Short Story and Photoplay Writing ( Originally Published 1922 ) This FREE book is in e-book FORMAT. A scanned copy of the original book is also included. Page Summary: What Knowledge Must I Have To Succeed? Getting Acquainted With Your Ideas. Becoming Interested In Yourself. Qualities Of Mind You Should Encourage. The Theme Of Your Story. Point Of View. Characters And Characterization. Building The Plot. Exercise In Plot Building. Short Stories - What. Knowledge Must I Have To Succeed? The Continuity, Or Scenario. Characters In The Photoplay. Setting In The Photoplay. The Photoplay Title. The Photoplay Stage. What To Write About. Things You Should Not Write About. Writing Comedy. The Writer, His Methods. Why Manuscripts Are Rejected. How Successful Writers Sell Their Manuscripts. How To Merit Success
 | 994 Days Ago
I. The First Introduction - THAT'S RIGHT. I know it sounds like an ad for some sleazy writers' school, but I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn. It will actually take you twenty minutes or so to read this essay, however, because I have to tell you a story, and then I have to write a second introduction. But these, I argue, should not count in the ten minutes.
 | 1872 Days Ago
Advice on Novel Writing - Altogether there is 17 separate “handouts” from Crawford Kilian's commercial fiction course. They range from good work habits to the reading of contracts. Please--don't read them as divine revelation. They come out of my experience, which may not be anything like yours or that of other writers.


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