“An Author’s Fate” / Memorable Fancies #1697

[“...obscure and neglected authors, most of whom have gone mad or mysteriously disappeared.” – Eugene Thacker] In his madness the author became his novel. He was marked down from the value he thought he had. Then remaindered. Then pulped. [below: an obscure author reading from his work at One More Page Books, Arlington, Virginia] … [Read more...]

“Where’s Margery?” / Memorable Fancies #141

Vince Darlington’s first novel was about to appear. He’d spent almost three years writing a gentle, loving, almost-fictitious story about his and Margery’s long affair and then marriage. Write. Write. Edit. Delete. Desperately search for the deleted file. Write more. Was that love scene strong enough? Too obvious? Perhaps – he shivered – boring? Finally, the manuscript was done. He’d had many doubts about it, but finally found a publisher who thought it could sell, asked for only a few … [Read more...]

The Overly Adverb’d Author / Memorable Fancies #511

Jeff Mason’s novel was accepted for publication, subject to the usual copy-editing process. After the first edit, Jeff noticed that an editor had removed all his adverbs. He complained, but to no avail: he was told that adverbs were clogging his writing, and that they had to go or Jeff would have to find another publisher. Muttering, he repaired the damage as best he could and sent the revised version back. A week later, Jeff received a new post-edit version. He noticed that an editor had, … [Read more...]

Why are you a writer? / Memorable Fancies #1309

.. To become rich and famous, will settle for rich-only if you have to. .. To have adoring fans and pick up English majors in bars. .. To propagate your opinions (but no one else cares). .. To express your innermost feelings (ditto). .. To find out what happens in the story. .. To develop, exercise, and improve a difficult skill. .. To be admired by other writers (there are less-hazardous ways to do this). .. To become a cult idol frequently interviewed on TV and featured … [Read more...]

Point of View in Fiction: Elements and Choices – a short course

Taking a one-day timeout from our daily microfiction, today's post is a short course called Point of View in Fiction: Elements and Choices, comprising a PowerPoint presentation and the accompanying, and much more detailed, Word document. The two files are attached below. If you have a problem accessing either of them, please contact me via a Comment here, or email terencekuch /a/t/ ymail.com. The Word document also appears below. POV-TerenceKuch POV-Terence … [Read more...]