Alec Nevala-Lee

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H.P. Lovecraft

As to how I write a story—there is no one way. Each one of my tales has a different history. Once or twice I have literally written out a dream; but usually I start with a mood or idea or image which I wish to express, and revolve it in my mind until I can think of a good way of embodying it in some chain of dramatic occurrences capable of being recorded in concrete terms. I tend to run through a mental list of the basic conditions or situations best adapted to such a mood or idea or image, and then begin to speculate on logical and naturally motivated explanations of the given mood or idea or image in terms of the basic condition or situation chosen…That my results are successful may well be disputed—but I feel at least sure that, had I ignored [these] considerations…they would have been much worse than they are.

H.P. Lovecraft, “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction”

Written by nevalalee

October 31, 2016 at 7:30 am

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