It takes every word in the story

“A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is. You tell a story because a statement would be inadequate. When anybody asks what a story is about, the only proper thing is to tell him to read the story. The meaning of fiction is not abstract meaning but experienced meaning.”

– Flannery O’Connor

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2 responses

  1. I like this a lot. Very much agree.

  2. It definitely explains why it’s hard to describe what I love about certain stories. You just have to experience them. Not that I don’t love talking about them and analyzing them anyway…

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