A Selection from a selection

11 Nov

Another Everyday Genius post at another apt time, a selection from Andy Devine’s “A Grammar for Fiction Writers.” Here is my own selection from the selected:

Every work of fiction can be improved.

Fiction writers must find a way to manage their incompetence if they are to continue writing fiction. The conception of the fiction is always greater than the execution of the fiction.

The great fiction writer is possessed by considerations that nobody else cares about.

Only jackasses use whom.

The reader knows that it is a fiction. Don’t let the reader think that it is a fiction.

While you’re enjoying Devine, you should clear your calendar this Sunday so you can attend his appearance for the Stories & Beer Reading Series at
the Iron Post in Champaign-Urbana. I’ll be there. Will you?

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