By Damon Knight

Distilled from a long time of educating and perform, this e-book deals transparent and direct recommendation on constitution, pacing, discussion, getting rules, operating with the subconscious, and extra. Newly revised and improved for this 3rd variation, Creating brief Fiction is a well-liked and commonly relied 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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I didn't have anything to say about the lives of my characters because I didn't understand my own life then. I was doing the best I could with what I had, and I'm not ashamed of those stories now, although I like my later ones better. If you are a young writer, and if all this talk about "meaning" strikes you as mystical or incomprehensible, that's okay. Maybe it will make sense to you later, and even if it never does, you may have a happy and successful career writing stories that are fun to read.

He said they would steal anything that began with "A": a bicycle, a television, a tape recorder, etc. The title came from this; then I had to explain it, which I did by imagining a device that would copy anything—bicycles, television sets, even people. These stories came out of a kind of wordplay; other stories have come from play with ideas and situations. In the 1960s, when I was living in Kentucky, a neighbor of mine had a back porch full of garbage; he wouldn't carry it out to the road until the garbage collectors picked up what he had, and they wouldn't pick it up until he carried it out to the road.

The creative process is something like the growth of a crystal in a supersaturated solution-it takes time, and you must give it time. You can drop new seed crystals in now and then, and you can ask for and get glimpses of the product as it forms, but you can't force it beyond its own natural speed—parts have to come together, some of them from great psychic distances. " 28 Creating Short Fiction In the early stages, you may have to teach the unconscious laboriously to understand what you want from it.

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