Thursday, March 08, 2007

Elizabeth Bowen 1899-1973

from "Notes on Writing a Novel"

Plot. -Essential. The Pre-Essential.

Plot might seem to be a matter of choice. It is not. The particular plot is something the novelist is driven to. It is what is left after the whittling-away of alternatives. The novelist is confronted, at a moment (or what appears to be the moment: actually its extension may be indefinite) by the impossibility os saying what is to be said in any other way.

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