• Damon Knight, the author, is a writing professor who focuses on short stories.
• Knight struggles with the debate of whether or not one could be taught to write, and he determined that it could be possible.
• Many writers have never been taught how to write.
• A story is not comprised of disconnected pieces of information, but rather different components that are all important in telling a story.
• Knight's goal throughout the book is to share techniques that he has learned for short fiction writing.
Part 1, Developing Your Talent as A Writer
• There are four stages of a developing writer, beginning with the writer only writing for himself and ending with the writer correcting his weaknesses.
• For a writer to get out of the first stage of a developing writer, his characters must move from one-dimensional to three-dimensional.
• A writer must learn to see, requiring the writer to...
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