Thursday, June 01, 2006

Squeeze and Process...

“One of the things that fiction does so well is to squeeze and process real-life experiences into pungent essence; the pressure applied by plot structure is one of the things that helps reduce the chaos of real life to a manageable and meaningful moment of observed truth.”

– Dean Koontz, How to write Bestselling Fiction, p. 56


Blogger Jim Thompson said...

Like processing food, "squeez(ing) and process(ing) real-life experiences into pungent essence" might just eliminate any healthful components of the original experiences. I would compare fiction to preparing and combining selected natural ingredients into a delicious, healthful, Epicurean's delight.

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