The Heart of a Broken Story

The Heart of a Broken Story
Original Publication DateSeptember 1, 1941 Rating

This one’s a lot of fun. It’s a first-person account of what the author thinks is wrong with writing fiction, but it’s neither grumpy nor sarcastic. It’s sincere.

That was the beginning of the story I started to write for Collier’s. I was going to write a lovely tender boy-meets-girl story. What could be finer, I thought. The world needs boy-meets-girl stories. But to write one, unfortunately, the writer must go about the business of having the boy meet the girl. I couldn’t do it with this one. Not and have it make sense.


  • Esquire XVI (September 1, 1941) 131-133