One hundred and fifty ‘rules’ for writing fiction: 125 – 128.

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Further provocations or prompts about the business of writing… prose, poetry and plays…

125).   What lasts in the reader’s mind is not the phrase but the effect the phrase created: laughter, tears, pain, joy. If the phrase is not affecting the reader, what’s it doing there? Make it do its job or cut it without mercy or remorse.  (Issac Asimov)

126).    Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie.  (Stephen King)

127).   Why does a good poem catch the heart? Because the observation rings true, the words are right, and the syntax carries home subject, idea, image and narrative in a perfect cadenza. Then the resonances begin and the poem deepens. (Gillian Clark)

128).   Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.   (Anton Chekov)

One response to “One hundred and fifty ‘rules’ for writing fiction: 125 – 128.

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