The Vocation of the Novelist: To Make You See

English novelist Joseph Conrad (1857-1924):

My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel — it is, before all, to make you see. That — and no more, and it is everything. If I succeed, you shall find there according to your deserts: encouragement, consolation, fear, charm — all you demand; and, perhaps, also that glimpse of truth for which you have forgotten to ask.

– The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’

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One thought on “The Vocation of the Novelist: To Make You See

  1. “To make you see…” When I write, after I’ve outlined and organized the bones of the essay, I often think of this quote. Make them see…the essence of good storytelling…Thanks for this.

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