Genesis of a Story

Genesis — usually from an incident, sometimes from a single phrase which illuminates a character; never from a title. In my entire experience I have found so-called “true stories” available only once or twice, and then in greatly modified form. Life is dramatic, but it isn’t fictional until interpreted and arranged by the fictional mind.

American journalist and author of more than 50 books of fiction, biography, and exposé. 1871 – 1958