Story-Writing & Journalism

Story-Writing & Journalism

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...character in words. He begins with the most striking fact ol observation, the element which would strike you first if you saw the actual woman; "She was one of those pretty and charming girls who are sometimes, as if by a mistake of destiny, born in a family of clerks." He fixes her station in life, and this usually determines a multitude of facts. The remainder of the first paragraph Is devoted to an elaboration of the idea. The next paragraph begins, "She dressed plainly because she could not dress well, but she was as unhappy as though she had really fallen from her proper station." This sentence strikes the keynote of the story. The student will notice that the first paragraph determines the general character of the situation, the second strikes the keynote. The best examples of descriptive word-painting arc to be fmmri in Ruekin, especially in his "Modem PMm" and "Stones of Venice." A story is like a scene of a play in a theatre, but the writer must put in the scenery as well as the actors, always remembering that a story is the description of the interior of a heart, not so much the exterior, and in this it differs from the painted scenery of a theatre. But before one makes his actors act in a story, he must give a vivid impression of the place, surroundings, dress, and general manner of his characters, whether from the interior point of view or the exterior--it may be either as occasion demands. But a story is sure to be a failure without this picture in some form or other. Sometimes it is woven in with the narrative, sometimes placed at or near the beginning. But it must be somewhere. The young writer finds it naturally existing in his own imagination and fancies it must exist also in the mind of the reader. But this is seldom the case....show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236677161
  • 9781236677167