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On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
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Jan 18, 2009

really liked it
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This book has been helpful to me as I make a return to writing in the long form. The best thing about it are Gardner's categories of frigidity, which Gardner defines as not caring enough about the characters, and sentimentality, which he sees as trying to use language to generate emotion the story doesn't justify. Those are good rocks to steer clear of.

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