Jody Gomez Posted December 29, 2005 Share Posted December 29, 2005 Nope, not THAT Art of Fiction, but the one by John Gardner. I've been reading this work, and decided that I would discuss it here as I go along. I read this passage and it sounded like it could have come from Ayn Rand:"The instruction here is not for every kind of writer-not for the writer of nurse books or thrillers or porno or the cheaper sort of sci-fi--though it is true that what holds for the most serious kind of fiction will generally hold for junk fiction as well. (Not everyone is capable of writing junk ficiton: It requires an authentic junk mind. Most creative-writing teachers have had the experience of occasionally helping to produce, by accident, a pornographer. The most elegant techniques in the world, filtered through a junk mind, become elegant junk techniques.) What is said here, whatever use it may be to others, is said for the elite; that is, for serious literary artists." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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