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Avoid using semi-colons in fiction. Break the sentence into two instead.
Nah, dude. Nah.
If you think you should avoid using semicolons, then you don’t know how to use semicolons. Let me help you with that.
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Literature in the written sense represents the triumph of language over writing: the subversion of writing for purposes that have little or nothing to do with social and economic control.
Q:This may have been asked before, but what's a non-annoying way of dropping a lot of world or story exposition on the reader if your story takes place in a fictional setting? Fish-out-of-water is an option I've already considered, but I'd really like to keep it as a desperate last resort. (In fact I could use some tips on exposition in general.)
Exposition is sadly a necessary, especially if your world needs a lot of building. If you don’t want to pull a Narnia, consider:
- Only explain what’s necessary when it’s necessary. We don’t need to know about the king’s daughter dying of the plague unless the king’s daughter is relevant to the characters at the moment.
- Use dialogue not as an explanation, but as a supplement. Instead of ‘as you know’ explaining dialogue, you can use conversations to lead into expositions. (‘We all know what happens when you anger the king,’ Jenna said grimly. Our thoughts went to what happened to Marcus, on that poor day he decided to hunt the king’s deer…)
- Show, not tell. This is hard if your exposition has to do with how a society is built rather than a some steampunk robots clanking through the street, but think about scenarios to show how things work and why (how the police force treat people, what a common job is, etc), instead of just saying it.
The generalizing writer is like the passionate drunk, stumbling into your house mumbling: I know I’m not being clear, exactly, but don’t you kind of feel what I’m feeling?
To write is to forget. Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life. Music soothes, the visual arts exhilarates, the performing arts (such as acting and dance) entertain. Literature, however, retreats from life by turning in into slumber. The other arts make no such retreat— some because they use visible and hence vital formulas, others because they live from human life itself.
This isn’t the case with literature. Literature stimulates life. A novel is a story of what never was, a play is a novel without narration. A poem is the expression of ideas or feelings a language no one uses, because no one talks in verse.
Because the world of publishing remains inscrutable, many writers find themselves being told lies by well-meaning friends and colleagues. These friends and colleagues don’t intend to mislead their writer-friends, but they do.
Here are five of the most common bits of “advice”…
The London Magazine’s Literary Diary
I’ve wanted to mention this for a while actually, but I haven’t had a moment to sit and write this post.
I want to share some news with all of you. This project is kind of my baby, so I am really excited about it and I hope that it’s gonna do well.
We’ve made a literary diary for 2014.
Don’t be deceived by the front cover - there’s more to it than just a standard diary. It’s got over 30 poems from our magazine in its pages - all hand chosen by myself and the staff. We’ve got poems from people such as William Boyd and Helen Dunmore… it’s really fantastic.
There’s some literary quotes in there, as well as some archived adverts from our magazines for the most bizarre things like a ‘toilet mask’.
I just want to let you know that it exists and that if you like the look of it, you can check it out on our website: