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Fundamentals of Fiction Writing Paperback – March 19, 2010
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Hoffman also wrote several books about writing fiction. This one, originally published in 1922, was reprinted recently by Black Dog Books, and it ought to be of great interest to anyone who writes fiction, at whatever level.
But one thing I should warn you about right away: Hoffman was very much a writer of his time, and even for that era, he was one long-winded son of a gun. But he has some really good things to say if you take the time to dig them out. Here's an example:
"For twenty years I have watched the flow of manuscripts - more tens of thousands than I like to remember - and am year by year more convinced that more embryo writers of appreciable ability are ruined by an overdose of technique at the hands of their literary doctors or by slavish copying of the work of some `successful' writer than by any three other causes you please to name."
I certainly can't argue with that. One of Hoffman's main points is that each writer should develop his or her own style and techniques that work, and that the best way to do that is by writing.Read more ›