The Elements of Fiction
By Ulf Wolf
Published: March 2, 2014.
It was John Gardner, the legendary teacher of the craft, who said that the elements of fiction, like the words in a language, are finite.
Oh, are they? I thought, and set about to verify this by collecting authors’ quotes about them.
This task began as a cheat sheet, a short list of those elements I recognized and documented by quotes, but soon took on a life of its own. This is the result.