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 | 1749 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?
 | 1749 Days Ago
Writing Tips On The Short Story: Definition--Two Types--Dramatic Short Story--Atmospheric Short Story--Origins--Assumed Unity and Singleness of Effect of Dramatic Short Story--General Technique of Form-- Characterization--Interest and Too Great Simplicity-- Limitation upon Complexity--Length--Coherence of Form-- Compression. A story is a fiction with a plot, as distinguished from a tale, which is a string of incidents that happened to happen to the characters. In the story the events are linked together by the natures of the people concerned; personality influences event and event influences personality. And the short story is, simply, a short story, a fiction, possessing a plot, that could be and has been told adequately within brief limits. A plot is a dramatic problem. Therefore the short story may be defined roughly as a story embodying a dramatic problem which can be stated and worked out adequately as to all its elements of personality, event, and setting within relatively brief limits.
 | 1771 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
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