Using technique or not?

The artist’s first rule

Is “Technique is a tool”.

But your art suffers shame

If technique is your aim.

The first rule of the artist to defend

Is “Technique’s no more than a means to end.”

When mere technique controls the day,

Art will always waste away.

JD Landis – Longing

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  1. lynnfay73 says:

    Yes, technique must serve the piece, or you bring too much attention to yourself as author. You want the reader to forget you are even there. However, even obvious technique can really add to certain literary stories and it’s fun to do it if it does. Now if I could just get back to writing… I wrote under a pen name when I once did it — Lynn Fay sounds like a romance writer or just not a great literary name, so I wrote under my maiden name. I guess all these choices we fiction writers choose are part of the technique or the mystique, losing the word I want. But every decision figures in to how much the reader is willing to suspend disbelief. Yet fiction can be more “true” than nonfiction because it frees the author to hide behind the facade and get to a truer Truth sometimes.

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    1. moonraven44 says:

      Thanks. I’ve never thought of this. Nice.


  2. lynnfay73 says:

    I do both fiction and creative nonfiction and fiction frees you in some way to show truths you sort of hide behind if everyone thinks it’s all 100% true.

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