Words of Wonder: Nancy Fulda on Good Stories

“I believe it was Orson Scott Card who once described a story as a collaboration between the author and the reader. The words, the plot, and the chain of events come from the author, but only the reader can provide the emotional responses that make a story memorable.

“So for me, a good story should set up a space where the reader’s imagination can work, and then get out of the way. Most of the beginners’ errors I see involve the author tripping over his or her metaphorical feet: throwing in info-dumps, melodrama, or ambiguities that hamper the reader’s emotional engagement with the story.”

Nancy Fulda
From Stepping Off the Roller-coaster
July 2010


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