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Creating Short Fiction by Damon Knight
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Jun 29, 2010

I think this is the book that first taught me about how the human mind likes to go 'ing ing ing': 'Opening the door and racing up the stairs the man only thought of grabbing the glittering ring.' (Along with the dry remark that the man couldn't do all that even if his arms were twenty feet long.) If this is so I owe Damon Knight a very large debt, and he also owes me one because now whenever I see that kind of thing (ing, ing, ing) in a story it makes me wince.

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Valerie Doesn't bother me a bit, but it does remind me of an incident in grad school in which an essay was returned with a subjunctive 'corrected'. I took it up and asked "What do you have against the subjunctive?", and was told that it was awkward. But when challenged to read it aloud I did so quite easily and naturally: that IS how I speak normally.

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