anghara (anghara) wrote,

I've never read the book myself, but apaprently something called "Story" by Bob McKay might hold potential - I don't read how-to writing books, as a rule, preferring to plunge into the deep end by myself and teach myself how to swim if I don't want to drown, but I've just seen someone in my newsgroup say THIS:

I guess definition is the wrong word, but [Bob McKay] splits research out in three categories:
1. Memory (research from what you know / have experience)
2. Imagination (research from noodling)
3. Fact (research in books etc.)

Hey, I LIKE that. It explains a lot of things, actually. Everything you'll ever write about is covered by one of those categories or a combination thereof. And the whole "write what you know" chestnut - which, if believed, would consign the ENTIRE genre of fantasy and science fiction to the flames - becomes a lot more manageable...

Back to your regularly scheduled entertainments now. More later. Maybe.
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