Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Nothing is sillier than a creative writing teacher's dictum "Write about what you know." But whether you're writing about people or dragons, your personal observation of how things happen in the world--how character reveals itself--can turn a dead scene into a vital one. Preliminary good advice might be: Write as if you were a movie camera. Get exactly what is there . . . . The trick is to bring it out, get it down. Getting it down precisely is all that is meant by "the accuracy of the writer's eye." Getting down what the writer really cares about--setting down what the writer himself notices, as opposed to what any fool might notice--is all that is meant by originality of the writer's eye. Every human being has original vision. Most can't write it down without cheapening or falsifying.
--John Gardner

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