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By Damon Knight

ISBN-10: 0898790425

ISBN-13: 9780898790429

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

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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. I have already described how fiction comes from a dialogue between the conscious and unconscious minds.

How are they different, and why? To answer these questions, you will be forced to invent the whole alien, and the planet he comes from, and his culture, and so on. 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?

But if the unconscious isn't ready, don't push. If you do, you are like a chess player who keeps telling his partner what moves to make. " And there you are, making all the moves by yourself. ) To be productive, the unconscious needs a lot of stimulating input—odd facts or fancies to knock together, insights, specimens, interesting data of all kinds. It took me a long time to realize this. I knew that every time I quit an editorial job I went into a highly productive period of writing, but I thought that was because I couldn't write while I held a job, and I was backlogged.

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