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Stories Thick and Thin

A story which fails to satisfy is said to be “thin.” This implies that there is a thickness or density of fictional effect – a sense of gravitas – that we find desirable as readers and need to achieve as writers. But how? And of what does this density consist? One answer would be that…
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What Lucy Didn’t Know

Originally entitled “Literary Genres,” this article by David Rain was written for a textbook called The Handbook of Creative Writing, edited by Steven Earnshaw, and published by Edinburgh University Press in 2007, where it appears on pp. 54-64 in a fully referenced version, with a bibliography.   There’s an anecdote about a board meeting at…
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