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  1. peachalulu

    peachalulu Contributing Member Reviewer Contributor

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    Elizabeth Bowen - Notes on Writing a Novel

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by peachalulu, Mar 11, 2014.

    If you can get your hands on this essay it's worth a read. I'll highlight some passages which really stood out to me.
    Love that line - non-poetic statement of a poetic truth.

    That last line is powerful. It's realizing that despite what your character does - they may not have gone that route. Alternatives are always there - which she touches on later in her essay explaining that flat characters are characters with no alternatives. Think of the Hunger Games - the writer could've just had Katniss' name drawn but that doesn't allow the mc to have a choice - by having her sister's name drawn Katniss now has several choices.

    Bowen also describes weak novelists as those giving categoric "description."
    Very good/relevant tip.

    That last line is a scary thought.
     
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    Do you have a link? Some very succinct and concise points there. I would like to read the essay in its entirety.
     
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    Thanks, It's now on my 'to do' list.
     

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