Anonymous Advice to Writers
Posted by Karen R on October 27, 1997 at 16:38:54:
In response to Narrative fiction, written by Jane Elizabeth on October 27, 1997 at 15:50:06
]Maybe I'm just a shallower reader than some, but I NEED a beginning, middle and end.
Isn't this the essence of storytelling? Deconstruct away, academics, but it is human nature to want beginnings, middles and ends, even if they are slightly out of order.
I'm not sure who said this, but as advice to a new writer: "Begin at the beginning, and when you get to the end, stop!"
That pretty much says it all.
Now to challenge the prevailing views (playing devil's advocate, perhaps). Maybe Byatt has started at the beginning of her real story...the one about Roland's quest, his discoveries about himself and what he should be. The real story of how he finds true love (sorry about the trite expression) and how that love will lead him out of the apathetic life he has been living. Going back and forth with the lives of Christabel and Ash has purpose, but maybe we are seeing it in the correct order.
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