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    Anonymous

    Don’t always agree with Selgin, but here — nail, head.

    https://www.janefriedman.com/retrospective-narrative/

    “… the fiction writer’s job … isn’t to report experience, but to create it.” – Peter Selgin

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    I get your point and generally agree but even with fiction, some reporting can help both set the scene and draw the reader.

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    ostarella
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    There’s definitely a place for exposition in writing, but it shouldn’t be the main or even major way we set the scene or draw the reader. To quote again from the article:

    By the time we learn that “It was the day after Christmas, 1956,” we are already there, inhabiting that past as though it were ours.

    Exposition (ie ‘reporting’) should be for quick clarifications – a directional pointing of a finger for the shopper who already knows what department they’re in, rather than a detailed map shoved in their face when they walk in the door. 😉

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