Break Into Fiction 11 Steps To Building A Powerful Story

Because we have spent many years and thousands of hours analyzing
commercial fiction for one purpose: to discover what it takes to turn a story idea
into a marketable novel. The result of all this work was the creation of Break Into
Fiction®, ...

Author: Dianna Love

Publisher: Silver Hawk Press LLC

ISBN: 9781940651859

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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Getting a book published is hard enough, but what about building a loyal reader base? It’s been said that nothing sells a book – to an editor or a reader – faster than a great story. Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser (write by the seat of your pants), Break Into Fiction® is the book that will help you find the weak spots (sagging middles, unlikeable characters, slow pacing and more) in your fiction stories. Editing is key to any story, but it starts with the author. Writing fast means nothing if the final story isn’t sound. But the sooner you grasp the power points for a story, the faster you’ll be able to build a strong backlist. Now you have a way to improve your writing one easy step at a time. Written by a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelists, Break Into Fiction® is a workshop-in-a-book and the one resource all writers need to master the art of fiction. This book is based on the popular workshops Mary Buckham and Dianna Love taught in the US and internationally to beginning writers, multi-published authors and even a Pulitzer Prize winner. Their innovative method shows writers how to create stories of depth, excitement, and emotion with: • Easy-to-understand templates that guide the new writer through building a novel and show more experienced writers how to deepen a plot and take a first draft to the next level much more quickly • Reference examples from strongly-plotted popular genre films of suspense, classics, children, and romance • Simple worksheets to build a strong story through Character-Driven™ plotting for any genre • Troubleshooting tips that reveal how to find and fix holes that weaken the plot • Insights from best-selling novelists representing a variety of fiction genres • A bonus dialogue guide that reveals how to make a character come alive through conversation. Break Into Fiction® is here to help aspiring-to-bestselling authors with a step-by-step guide!

Breaking Into Fiction

A New Slant on the Craft and Craftiness of Writing Saleable Fiction David J.
Gammon. and nourish it and never try to drive or take advantage of it . Go about it
as you would the taming of a shy wild bird or animal . Believe me , if there is a ...

Author: David J. Gammon


ISBN: UCAL:B3512881

Category: Short story

Page: 123

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PRESSure Break Into Broadcasting

or characters, let them do much of the speaking. Stories in the real world, as in
fiction, are powerful because their characters—through action or circumstance—
change or see their lives changed. As the reporter, find, illustrate and illuminate ...

Author: Maria Dorfner


ISBN: 9781312583788



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Putting the Science in Fiction

Expert Advice for Writing with Authenticity in Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Other
Genres Dan Koboldt. condition ... This may surprise you if you've heard the old
factoid about a plastic bag taking five hundred years to break down in a landfill.

Author: Dan Koboldt

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440353420

Category: Reference

Page: 266

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Science and technology have starring roles in a wide range of genres--science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, and more. Unfortunately, many depictions of technical subjects in literature, film, and television are pure fiction. A basic understanding of biology, physics, engineering, and medicine will help you create more realistic stories that satisfy discerning readers. This book brings together scientists, physicians, engineers, and other experts to help you: • Understand the basic principles of science, technology, and medicine that are frequently featured in fiction. • Avoid common pitfalls and misconceptions to ensure technical accuracy. • Write realistic and compelling scientific elements that will captivate readers. • Brainstorm and develop new science- and technology-based story ideas. Whether writing about mutant monsters, rogue viruses, giant spaceships, or even murders and espionage, Putting the Science in Fiction will have something to help every writer craft better fiction. Putting the Science in Fiction collects articles from "Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy," Dan Koboldt's popular blog series for authors and fans of speculative fiction ( Each article discusses an element of sci-fi or fantasy with an expert in that field. Scientists, engineers, medical professionals, and others share their insights in order to debunk the myths, correct the misconceptions, and offer advice on getting the details right.

Get Started in Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

How to write compelling and imaginative sci-fi and fantasy fiction Adam Roberts.
Books are not ... Get into aroutine that works for you– find a time of day (morning,
afternoon, nighttime afterthe kids have been put to bed, 45 minutes during your ...

Author: Adam Roberts

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781444795660

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO WRITING AWESOME AND AMAZING FICTION FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION. This is an authoritative and engaging introduction to writing science fiction and fantasy for the complete beginner. This book provides all the information, guidance, and advice you need to write great science fiction to captivate your readers. It will help you understand how the genre works, the big dos and don'ts - as well as giving you the inspiration and motivation you actually need to write. Written by a leading science fiction novelist and a Professor in Creative Writing at the University of London - you'll discover how to let your creativity flow, create incredible worlds, and get your novel finished. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Nelson Thornes Framework English Skills in Fiction 2

AL: I don' get nothin' outa dis, O'Banion. I merely look after your interests. I will
see to it that no small time hoodlums break into your parish. Any no-count bum
that tries hustling your payroll gets shovelled underground GUSIK. For which
extra ...

Author: Geoff Reilly

Publisher: Nelson Thornes

ISBN: 0748769471

Category: Education

Page: 112

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Covering all the National Curriculum Framework objectives using a clearly structured and rigorous approach, Nelson Thornes Framework English offers an attractive and dynamic route through the demands of the Framework for Teaching English, Years 7-9, laying particular emphasis on the basic skills of English in order to raise standards in writing. Using a twin-track approach with a student text covering fiction and non-fiction, each book provides 18 units of themed stimulus texts plus differentiated activites at word, sentence and text levels to meet the requirements of the Framework. Encompassing a wide range of genres, styles and conventions, the activities allow for the incorporation of direct whole class teaching, group work and individual work placing emphasis on the development of extended writing.

Librarians in Fiction

He Was a Man is a fairly readable novel of a man's rise from ignorant poverty to
international fame as a writer — a fictionalized ... He is instrumental in helping
Blake break into print; he provides vital editorial assistance, finetuning Blake's ...

Author: Grant Burns

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786483164

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 191

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The depictions of librarians in over 374 novels, short stories, and plays in English are the focus of this fully annotated reference work. Librarians, no less than other professionals, want to know how they are depicted in fiction. The stereotypical or fictional librarian--the one with the bun, comfortable shoes, and dour demeanor--may be fading, but fiction teaches a lesson about public perception. Actually, story librarians are often described as adaptable, knowledgeable, shrewd, tactful, tender and intelligent--traits that the authors, and by extension the readers, look for in their librarians. All entries include complete bibliographic data, followed by a lengthy annotation that discusses how the librarian fits into the story and gives insight to how he or she is depicted. Title and author indexes are provided for further utility.

Nelson Thornes Framework English Access Skills in Fiction 2

AL : I don ' get nothin ' outa dis , O'Banion . I merely look after your interests . I will
see to it that no small time hoodlums break into your parish . Any no - count bum
that tries hustling your payroll gets shovelled underground GUSIK : For which ...

Author: Wendy Wren

Publisher: Nelson Thornes

ISBN: 0748793429

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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Access Skills in Fiction and Non-Fiction offers the rigour and support necessary to raise the attainment of pupils struggling at Level 4, or at Level 3. It is also suitable for Level C/D in Scotland. Twin Students Books offering students all the support necessary to access top quality fiction and non-fiction texts and transform their own writing. Clear and predictable structure to improve students' levels of achievement following Word, Sentence and Text Level priorities within the Framework for Teaching English. Comprehension exercises alongside the extracts ensure that students have understood the text before progressing further. Highly appealing illustrations not only provide visual interest, but also provide specific guidance with the writing assignment. Can be used flexibly either with lower ability groups exclusively, or in mixed ability classes alongside the mid to higher ability series: Nelson Thornes Framework English. Stimulus extracts follow the same unit themes as the higher ability extracts but are abridged, shortened or completely new. Employs a 'spiral' curriculum in which skills are revisited and confidence is built.

The Reader s Handbook of Famous Names in Fiction Allusions References Proverbs Plots Stories and Poems

Hounslow , one of a gang of thieves Horten'sio , noted for his chivalrous that
conspired to break into lady Bountilove and valour . - Massinger : The Bashful's
house . ful Lover ( 1636 ) . - Farquhar : The Beaux ' Stratagem ( 1705 ) .
Horwendillus ...

Author: Ebenezer Cobham Brewer


ISBN: PSU:000030731608

Category: Allusions

Page: 1243

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Writing Fiction For Dummies

If you want to break into fiction writing, there may be no better avenue than to
write a romance novel. Smirk all you want, but the romance novelists are taking it
to the bank. More than 40 percent of all novels sold these days fit the romance ...

Author: Randy Ingermanson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470530702

Category: Education

Page: 384

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A complete guide to writing and selling your novel So you want to write a novel? Great! That’s a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don’t settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty-earning author. Here are some things you’ll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies: Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; choose from among the four most common creative styles; and learn the self-management methods of professional writers. Writing Powerful Fiction: Construct a story world that rings true; create believable, unpredictable characters; build a strong plot with all six layers of complexity of a modern novel; and infuse it all with a strong theme. Self-Editing Your Novel: Psychoanalyze your characters to bring them fully to life; edit your story structure from the top down; fix broken scenes; and polish your action and dialogue. Finding An Agent and Getting Published: Write a query letter, a synopsis, and a proposal; pitch your work to agents and editors without fear. Writing Fiction For Dummies takes you from being a writer to being an author. It can happen—if you have the talent and persistence to do what you need to do.

Chinese Fiction of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

This is the section in which Wang joins the Boxers and lures Xue Pan into joining
as well. ... There are two major breaks in the novel, at the beginning of chapters
12 and 22, and in each case the narrator signals the break. Chapter 12 contains

Author: Patrick Hanan

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231509145

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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It has often been said that the nineteenth century was a relatively stagnant period for Chinese fiction, but preeminent scholar Patrick Hanan shows that the opposite is true: the finest novels of the nineteenth century show a constant experimentation and evolution. In this collection of detailed and insightful essays, Hanan examines Chinese fiction before and during the period in which Chinese writers first came into contact with western fiction. Hanan explores the uses made of fiction by westerners in China; the adaptation and integration of western methods in Chinese fiction; and the continued vitality of the Chinese fictional tradition. Some western missionaries, for example, wrote religious novels in Chinese, almost always with the aid of native assistants who tended to change aspects of the work to "fit" Chinese taste. Later, such works as Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," Jonathan Swift's "A Voyage to Lilliput," the novels of Jules Verne, and French detective stories were translated into Chinese. These interventions and their effects are explored here for virtually the first time.

Postmodern Fiction and the Break Up of Britain

The Richmonds may well have helped Greene in various ways, but not, or not
primarily, through psychoanalysis. Greene's second volume of autobiography is
entitled Ways of Escape.2 What might this phrase mean? How does his novel ...

Author: Hywel Dix

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441190987

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

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This study explores how British identity has been explored and renegotiated by contemporary writers. It starts by examining the new emphasis on space and place that has emerged in recent cultural analysis, and shows how this spatial emphasis informs different literary texts. Having first analysed a series of novels that draw an implicit parallel between the end of the British Empire and the break-up of the unitary British state, the study explores how contemporary writing in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales contributes to a sense of nationhood in those places, and so contributes to the break-up of Britain symbolically. Dix argues that the break-up of Britain is not limited to political devolution in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is also an imaginary process that can be found occurring on a number of other conceptual coordinates. Feminism, class, regional identities and ethnic communities are all terrains on which different writers carry out a fictional questioning of received notions of Britishness and so contribute in different ways to the break-up of Britain.

Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction

ELIZABETH CARNEY Although I have never cared for musicals, when I was a
graduate student I once tried, unsuccessfully, to persuade a group of my friends
who all worked in the Carolina Coffee Shop in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to
break ...

Author: A. B. Bosworth

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199252750

Category: History

Page: 370

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Ten essays from a symposium held at Newcastle University in 1997, which examine the general themes of kingship and imperialism by focusing on the romances that surround Alexander.

Contemporary Masculinities in Fiction Film and Television

Though cautioned by the Tracker that he will be unable to break through her
cycle of self-accusation and punishment, Nielsen ultimately decides to sacrifice
himself and stay with his wife in a shared Hell, a gesture that brings Annie to
herself ...

Author: Brian Baker

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623567385

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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While masculinity has been an increasingly visible field of study within several disciplines (sociology, literary studies, cultural studies, film and tv) over the last two decades, it is surprising that analysis of contemporary representations of the first part of the century has yet to emerge. Professor Brian Baker, evolving from his previous work Masculinities in Fiction and Film: Representing Men in Popular Genres 1945-2000, intervenes to rectify the scholarship in the field to produce a wide-ranging, readable text that deals with films and other texts produced since the year 2000. Focusing on representations of masculinity in cinema, popular fiction and television from the period 2000-2010, he argues that dominant forms of masculinity in Britain and the United States have become increasingly informed by anxiety, trauma and loss, and this has resulted in both narratives that reflect that trauma and others which attempt to return to a more complete and heroic form of masculinity. While focusing on a range of popular genres, such as Bond films, war movies, science fiction and the Gothic, the work places close analyses of individual films and texts in their cultural and historical contexts, arguing for the importance of these popular fictions in diagnosing how contemporary Britain and the United States understand themselves and their changing role in the world through the representation of men, fully recognising the issues of race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and age. Baker draws upon current work in mobility studies and in the study of masculinities to produce the first book-length comparative study of masculinity in popular culture of the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Into the Closet Gender and Cross dressing in Children s Fiction

Upon leaving for ajourney, the king (her father) locks Finessa and her two sisters
(both of whom are silly and selfish) in a tower, entrusting to each of them a magic
glass bobbin that will break if they do anything dishonorable. A villainous prince ...

Author: Victoria Flanagan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136777295

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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Into the Closet examines the representation of cross-dressing in a wide variety of children’s fiction, ranging from picture books and junior fiction to teen films and novels for young adults. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the different types of cross-dressing found in children’s narratives, raising a number of significant issues relating to the ideological construction of masculinity and femininity in books for younger readers. Many literary and cultural critics have studied the cultural significance of adult cross-dressing, yet although cross-dressing representations are plentiful in children’s literature and film, very little critical attention has been paid to this subject to date. Into the Closet fills this critical gap. Cross-dressing demonstrates how gender is symbolically constructed through various items of clothing and apparel. It also has the ability to deconstruct notions of problematizing the relationship between sex and gender. Into the Closet is an important book for academics, teachers, and parents because it demonstrates how cross-dressing, rather than being taboo, is frequently used in children’s literature and film as a strategy to educate (or enculturate) children about gender.

Future on Ice

And that's why science fiction is easier to break into—somebody has been
poisoning half of the most talented competitors, taking them out of thecompetition.
So what happensto someone like LewisShiner, whocan write science fiction
good ...

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429965282

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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A widely varied, immensely enjoyable, and historically important anthology, Future on Ice is a showcase for the hottest stories by the coolest SF writers of the 1980s. Complete with a preface, introduction, and story notes by Card himself, here are early stories from eighteen incredibly talented authors who have since shattered the face of science fiction. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Religion in Science Fiction

Desperate to save them (or rather convince them to save themselves), Gallinger
breaks into a ceremonial meeting of their religious leaders and reads them his
translation of Ecclesiastes. “Thousands of years ago, the Locar of our world ...

Author: Steven Hrotic

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472534279

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Religion in Science Fiction investigates the history of the representations of religion in science fiction literature. Space travel, futuristic societies, and non-human cultures are traditional themes in science fiction. Speculating on the societal impacts of as-yet-undiscovered technologies is, after all, one of the distinguishing characteristics of science fiction literature. A more surprising theme may be a parallel exploration of religion: its institutional nature, social functions, and the tensions between religious and scientific worldviews. Steven Hrotic investigates the representations of religion in 19th century proto-science fiction, and genre science fiction from the 1920s through the end of the century. Taken together, he argues that these stories tell an overarching story-a 'metanarrative'-of an evolving respect for religion, paralleling a decline in the belief that science will lead us to an ideal (and religion-free) future. Science fiction's metanarrative represents more than simply a shift in popular perceptions of religion: it also serves as a model for cognitive anthropology, providing new insights into how groups and identities form in a globalized world, and into how crucial a role narratives may play. Ironically, this same perspective suggests that science fiction, as it was in the 20th century, may no longer exist.

Masterclass Writing Crime Fiction

How to create compelling plots, dramatic characters and nail biting twists in crime
and detective fiction Rosemary Rowe. Chapter breaks are part of the planning of
a crime novel, not just spaces where nothingis happening.

Author: Rosemary Rowe

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473601383

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Do you have an idea for a gripping crime novel? Would you like to know how to plot your book flawlessly? Do you want to create beautifully crafted characters and nail biting twists? This book is designed for anyone who wants to write an unputdownable crime novel. Whatever your subgenre, whether Scandi-crime or detective 'cosies', this book is full of inspirational advice, acute insights and practical exercises. The first part of the book establishes the rules of writing crime fiction - from convincing characters to the role of research. The book then covers the practical craft of writing and editing, before explaining in detail how to secure a contract and/or self-publish your work. A comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to be the next Val McDermid or Ian Rankin.

Dale Morgan on the Mormons

He generated angst-ridden short stories that saw publication mostly in the
campus student magazine, but he found it very difhcult to break into fiction. As a
book reviewer for the Salt Lake Tribune, Dale Morgan had to content himself with

Author: Dale Morgan

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806188119

Category: History

Page: 520

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Dale L. Morgan (1914–1971) remains one of the most respected historians of the American West—and his career, one of the least understood. Among today’s scholars his reputation rests largely on his studies of the fur trade and overland trails, yet throughout his life, Morgan’s primary interest was the history of the Latter Day Saints. In this volume—the first of a two-part set—Morgan’s writings on the Mormons finally receive the attention and analysis they merit. Dale Morgan on the Mormons is a far-reaching compilation of the historian’s published and unpublished writings. Edited and annotated by Richard L. Saunders, the collection includes not only essays but also book reviews and bibliographic studies, many published here for the first time. This first volume includes key extracts from Morgan’s contribution to the WPA guide to Utah (1941), which remains an excellent introduction to the complex history of the Beehive State. It further provides a new historiographic introduction to his seminal work The State of Deseret and presents important previously unpublished works on the Kingdom of God, the Deseret Alphabet, and the origins of the infamous Danite society. In addition, the volume illuminates Morgan’s legacy as a bibliographer and the significance of that contribution to Latter Day Saint studies. Throughout, Saunders provides informative introductions that place each of the writings or groups of writings into biographical and historical context.

The World and the Parish

Mr . Davis ' reporters all bathed regularly and all ate nice things , but beyond that
their tastes were rather colorless . I am glad to see one red - blooded
newspaperman , in the person of Condy Rivers , of San Francisco , break into
fiction ; a real ...

Author: Willa Cather

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803215452

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 552

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"One of the few really helpful words I ever heard from an older writer," Willa Cather declared in 1922, "I had from Sarah Orne Jewett when she said to me: 'Of course, one day you will write about your own country. In the meantime, get all you can. One must know the world so well before one can know the parish.'" Although Cather's first novel about her own country, O Pioneers!, did not appear until 1913, the process of knowing the world and of mastering her craft, so far as it can be traced in her published writing, already had been going on for some twenty years. The World and the Parish: Willa Cather's Articles and Reviews, 1893-1902, is the fourth in a series collecting the work of these years of experiment and discovery. More specifically, it offers a representative collection of Cather's nonfiction writing for newspapers and periodicals during her first decade as a professional writer. Selected from 520 articles and columns, the text is divided into three parts corresponding to major developments in Cather's career?the period from 1893 to 1896 when she first began to write regularly for Lincoln newspapers; the years in Pittsburgh when she was working for the Home Monthly and the Leader and sending her famous "Passing Show" column back to Nebraska; and the period from the spring of 1900 to 1903, when she freelanced in Pittsburgh and Washington, taught in a Pittsburgh high school, and made her first trip abroad. The text has been edited with three main objectives: 1) to enable the reader to trace Cather's development as a writer; 2) to group the material so that the reader interested in a particular subject?the theatre, or music, or literature, for example?can readily locate pertinent selections; and 3) to provide a context sufficient to relate these pieces to Willa Cather's life and to the times, and to suggest some of their connections with the body of her work. Chronologies have been included for each of the three parts; and the Bibliography is the most complete yet available for the for the nonfiction writing up to 1903. Not the least remarkable feature of this collection is the range and variety of forms and subject matter?reviews (of books, plays, operas, concerts, art exhibits, lectures), feature stories, interviews, straight reportage, columns of miscellaneous comment, and travel letters. Seemingly, with no apparent effort Willa Cather could adjust her sights to any assignment and any audience. And if it is astonishing that she could write so much about so many matters at so many levels, it is perhaps even more astonishing that so much of it was so good. Undeniably, however, the chief interest to the general reader and the peculiar value to the scholar of these journalistic writings reside in their manifold and crucial connections with Cather's later work and in the unparalleled insights they afford into the process by which a gifted writer becomes a great artist.