Excerpt from Fundamentals of Fiction Writing
Living in so complex a civilization, we generally fail to realize how complex have become our mental habits. We have come more and more to think upon complexities until, for the most part, the more elementary facts, processes and approaches are slighted or omitted as beneath the high development of our minds. However learned our thinking may be, its foundation must be elementary thinking, and, if elementary thinking is neglected because it seems too elementary for attention, the result is likely to be unsoundness of the whole structure because it has been erected on unsound foundation.
I. By Way of IntroductionIt might take a minute for the PDF to load. Or, click to download PDF
II. A General Survey . .
III. Creating the Illusion
IV. Your Readers
VI. Clearness . .
VII. Overstrain . .
IX. Holding the Reader
X. Pleasing the Reader
XI. Plot and Structure
XII. Character . . .
XIII. Individuality vs. Technique .
XIV. The Reader and His Imagination
XV. The Place of Action in Fiction .
XVI. Adaptation of Style to Material
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