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The Writing of Fiction
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By studying this book and the works it refers to, one may perhaps develop the ability, demonstrated by Proust, "to reveal, by a single allusion, a word, an image, those depths of soul beyond the soul's own guessing."
Few features of the craft of writing animate Ms. Wharton more than what we now call point of view, and which she referred to as the point of vision, angle of vision, the character as a reflector, and the transition from one consciousness to another. We now consider unwarranted POV shifts as merely confusing to the reader. Ms. Wharton said that they (viewpoint transitions) are fatiguing and disillusioning. Her choice of disillusioning is hellishly clever. The task of the novelist is to create the compelling illusion that the characters populating a story could easily inhabit our world and were they to do so their internal governance would be understandable to us. A disillusioned reader sees words instead of characters.
The contemporary syllabus for fiction prescribes high concept as a core feature of literary fiction. As she set her own pen to paper (literally, recall, not figuratively) Ms. Wharton asked herself, “What judgment on life does it (the story) contain for me?” Nor does she stop there. “A good subject, then, must contain in itself something that sheds a light on our moral experience.Read more ›
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I found this lean 1924 book full of examples that I wasn’t very familiar with, which helped me to add to my reading list. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A.K. Kulshreshth
OK but hard to get to the meat of it thru' the out-dated jargon.Published 20 months ago by Gail Mazourek