For Friday, April 12, 2019:
Ernest Hemingway was known for developing the Iceberg Theory, a story-telling technique in which the writer comes up with a detailed background of a character or a theme, but chooses not to reveal it explicitly. That way, the extra information is communicated through the little actions made by the characters in the story, rather than stated outright.
Cracked.com meme on Facebook (h/t RG)
For Friday, July 20, 2018:
Every writer of fiction wants to tell many stories, but we know that we can’t tell all the stories — certainly not simultaneously. We know we must pick one story, well, one central story; we have to be selective. The art of the writer is to find as much as one can in that story, in that sequence … in that time (the timeline of the story), in that space (the concrete geography of the story).
Susan Sontag, AT THE SAME TIME: ESSAYS AND SPEECHES