Writing For Story: The Nature Of Art And Artist

22 December 2019 | The Nature of Art and Artist is the closing chapter of Jon Franklin “Writing for Story.” In one sentence, writing story is a hard-working process of the art of using and breaking writing rules. Below are few rules which are recommended to learn in more detail in pp.188-215 of the book.

  • Keep your nouns close to your verbs!
  • Avoid prepositions!
  • Use action verbs!
  • Learn to follow them first, and then you can break them.
  • Show, don’t tell!
  • One example is a contention, two is an argument, and three is proof.
  • The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
  • The strongest thought should always appear at the end of a sentence, a paragraph, or a passage.
  • Nothing is more damaging to narrative than a good example of something that isn’t germane.
  • The purpose of narrative is to guide the reader’s thoughts from one action to the next.
  • Chekkov’s Law: If the opening scene of your story shows a short gun hanging over the mantelpiece, then that gun must be fired before the end.
  • Foreshadow! Foreshadow! Foreshadow!
  • What’s the use of writing if you’ve nothing to say?
  • That’s style, man! Can’t you tell that’s style?
  • Simplicity, coupled with clarity, equals elegance.
  • Think it through again.
  • Eliminate possibilities.
  • The writer is the force behind the story.
  • There is something fundamentally wrong with his stories because there is something fundamentally wrong with him.
  • Now the writer must give up himself.

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