By Damon Knight
Distilled from a long time of training and perform, this booklet deals transparent and direct recommendation on constitution, pacing, discussion, getting principles, operating with the subconscious, and extra. Newly revised and increased for this 3rd variation, Creating brief Fiction is a well-liked and largely depended on consultant to writing brief tales of originality, sturdiness, and caliber. Celebrated short-story writer and writing teacher Knight additionally contains many examples and workouts which have been powerful in study rooms and workshops everywhere.
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Another way of generating a story idea is to turn some conventional idea on its head. In sciencefiction,for example, there had been a number of stories about the one immortal person in a world of mortals. " 36 Creating Short Fiction Still another way is to notice what is being left out by the writers of conventional fiction, and concentrate on that. When I was young, one of the standard characters in science-fiction stories was the granite-jawed hero in riding breeches; he was never afraid of anything.
There is no story here because it doesn't matter what he does. 48 Creating Short Fiction Here is another character at the bottom of a well. The well has caved in above him. Here there is no story because there are too many constraints on his movements; he can't go anywhere. Idea into Story 49 Now here is a character in a maze. Each time she passes through an intersection, a door closes behind her. One route leads to her goal; all the others are dead ends. Here we have just enough constraints, not too many or too few.
The most valuable thing you can learn is how to use your own experiences to help you project yourself in imagination into the lives of other people. Write what you know,* by all means, when you can, but fill in the spaces by finding out what you need to know. •Taken literally, this injunction would make all historical fiction, all science fiction, and all fantasy impossible. What would Homer. Milton, Dante, or Shakespeare have thought of it? 44 Creating Short Fiction Research One thing you had better not do is to bluff—to pretend knowledge you don't have.