Summer 1984 • Vol. VI No. 3 Editor's NotesJuly 1, 1984 |

Editorial: On Creative Fiction

The editors wish to call to our readers' attention the prose fiction in this and succeeding issues in 1984 and '85. We are especially pleased to offer you what we feel is a series of unusually skillful, interesting and creative short stories. We would like to comment briefly on the meaning of the term "creative." We daresay that most fiction being published employs language only as a means to describe or relate events which supposedly are actually happening "out there." In other words, the language is merely an agency, a transmitter, like a television screen. It serves to convey information, or transmit images; it is an artificial window, or a sort of mirror. The meaning of this kind of fiction is all in the plot, the events as transmitted through the language. In creative fiction, or literature, the language of narration, the style of expression, is not merely a means, it is the actual medium in which the story is created and embodied. The meaning of the story is created no

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