This little book is one which so well explains itself that no introductory word is needed; and I only venture to intrude a sentence or two here with a view to explain the style in which I have conveyed my ideas. I desired to be plain and practical, and therefore chose the direct and epistolary form as being most suitable for the purpose in hand.
I address myself to the man or woman of talentÑthose people who have writing ability, but who need instruction in the manipulation of characters, the formation of plots, and a host of other points with which I shall deal hereafter.
A truly educated man never labours to speak correctly; being educated, grammatical language follows as a necessary consequence.
The same is true of the artist: when he has learned the secrets of literature, he puts away all thoughts of rule and lawÑnay, in time, his very ideas assume artistic form.
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