The Fiction Factory: Being the Experience of a Writer Who, for Twenty-two Years, Has Kept a Story-mill Grinding Successfully

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Editor Company, 1912 - Authorship - 180 pages

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Page 132 - What is a great love of books ? It is something like a personal introduction to the great and good men of all past times. Books, it is true, are silent as you see them on their shelves ; but, silent as they are, when I enter a library I feel as if almost the dead were present, and I know if I put questions to these books they will answer me with all the faithfulness and fulness which has been left in them by the great men who have left the books with us.
Page 180 - But the finest music in the room is that which streams out to the ear of the spirit in many an exquisite strain from the hanging shelf of books on the opposite wall. Every volume there is an instrument which some melodist of the mind created and set vibrating with music, as a flower shakes out its perfume or a star shakes out its light. Only listen, and they soothe all care, as though the silken-soft leaves of poppies had been made vocal and poured into the ear.
Page 92 - Some time ago I could pick out the letters on a typewriter at the rate of about one per second. Writing is now becoming reduced to a habit, and I can write perhaps three letters a second. When the act has been reduced to the pure habit form, I shall be writing at the rate of not less than five letters per second.
Page 109 - Bale's rules for writing are these : — 1. Know what you want to say. 2. Say it. 3. Use your own language. 4. Leave out all fine passages. 5. A short word is better than a long one. 6. The fewer words, other things being equal, the better. 7. Cut it to pieces. Such rules are eloquent of practical experience as an editor. Dr. Hale's career as a Christian minister — he refuses to be called a " clergyman " — began with his licensure, in 1842.
Page 26 - A writer is neither better nor worse than any other man who happens to be in trade. He is a manufacturer. After gathering his raw product, he puts it through the mill of his imagination, retorts from the mass the personal equation, refines it with a sufficient amount of common sense and runs it into bars — of bullion, let us say. If the product is good it passes at face value and becomes a medium of...
Page 128 - Good, philosophical Ras Wilson once said to a new reporter, "Young man, write as you feel, but try to feel right. Be good humored toward every one and everything. Believe that other folks are just as good as you are, for they are. Give 'em your best and bear in mind that God has sent them, in his wisdom, all the trouble they need, and it is for you to scatter gladness and decent, helpful things as you go. Don't be particular about how the stuff will look in print, but let'er go. Some one will understand....
Page 131 - ... our imagination and interest. We admire Nansen because he succeeded in getting so much nearer the North Pole than anybody ever did before him ; we do not admire him in the least for his weak efforts to justify his expedition on the basis of its scientific results. A man who tries to go to the North Pole is engaged in a glorious play, which justifies more risk and more expenditure of life than would be warranted for a few miserable entomological specimens, however remote from the place where they...
Page 109 - Edward Everett Hale, author of " The Man without a Country " and other world-famous literary productions, and originator of the equally famous " Ten Times One

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