Killing Time: Part One



Several methods exist in fiction for showing the passage of time--from subtle to not-so-subtle. Here, Chuck glosses various approaches while highlighting his preferred method.

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Phil Sykora's picture
Phil Sykora is reading Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck October 8, 2014 - 9:43am

I'm really enjoying these essays.  I've always battled with the idea of studying fiction as a craft just because I like to follow Stephen King's rule of "read a lot; write a lot."  And that makes perfect sense, but he also said something along the lines of "you don't need any books on writing."  Which I kind of took as: don't read anything about craft.  Just learn it on your own.  But the more you know about the nuts and bolts of creation, the better.  Sometimes I think Stephen King gave that advice just because he couldn't put words to what he intrinsically knows through years of practice.

This brings me to a question I have for anyone reading this:

Is it better to try to find a mentor like Palahniuk did with Spanbauer, and then break off from that mentor (like in Robert Greene's Mastery?) or to take in as much information from as many different authors as possible until you've developed your own unique style?

Someone please answer.

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JamestheBaker from Oregon is reading The Number of the Beast by Robert A. Heinlein January 15, 2012 - 8:25pm

Fantastic essay. Will take this with me for sure.