Maria Takolander on what makes a story compelling

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September 2014, no. 364

Maria Takolander on what makes a story compelling

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September 2014, no. 364

What makes a story compelling? When I was an undergraduate student at Deakin University, I was fortunate enough to be instructed in fiction writing by Gerald Murnane. His key criterion for the worth of a story was its capacity to mark his memory with an enduring image. Over time he used to cull books from his shelves that failed to impress him in this way.

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