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On Becoming a Novelist Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Topics for Discussion

How does Gardner conceive the "morality of fiction"? How does it coincide with and contrast with specific codes of conduct?

What are the traits of childishness that Gardner maintains serves a novelist well?

What risks does a young novelist face working without an agent? How is the risk lower for poets and short story writers?

What dangers are posed for the writer by studying literary criticism? How specifically do they affect one's fiction writing?

What benefits does a liberal education offer a novelist that the self-educated usually miss.

Gardner describes ways in which typewriters and pen and ink can distract the novelist. What might he say about modern word processors? Do its benefits outweigh its risks?

How is writing a spiritual activity?

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