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Finding Your Writer's Voice A Guide to Creative Fiction

ISBN-10: 0312151284
ISBN-13: 9780312151287
Edition: 1994 (Revised)
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Description: An illuminating guide to finding one's most powerful writing tool,Finding Your Writer's Voicehelps writers learn to hear the voices that are uniquely their own. Mixing creative inspiration with practical advice about craft, the book includes  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

An illuminating guide to finding one's most powerful writing tool,Finding Your Writer's Voicehelps writers learn to hear the voices that are uniquely their own. Mixing creative inspiration with practical advice about craft, the book includes chapters on: Accessing raw voice Listening to voices of childhood, public and private voices, and colloquial voices Working in first and third person: discovering a narrative persona Using voice to create characters Shaping one's voice into the form of a story Reigniting the energy of voice during revision

Introduction
Telling Begins in an Atmosphere of Urgency
Voice: Your Most Powerful Tool
The Writer as Singer
The Importance of Raw Voice
The Voice as an Instrument
Inner Listening
Distilling Voice
Inviting Accidents
Listening to the Voice of Childhood
Public and Private Voices
The Sound of Colloquial Voice
The Chorus of Voice
Who's Speaking?: Voice and Character
Capturing the Inner Critic
Learning to Spot the Imposter
The Writer as Presence
Becoming a Prose Thief
Using the Journal Dangerously
Writing in the Pressure Cooker: Leading Raw Voice into the Story
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Craft and the Voice of the Story
Going Deeper into the Story: Voice as Composer and Instrumentalist
From Anecdotes to Stories
Catalysts for the Story: Character-, Plot-, and Vision-Driven Stories
Working with Short Forms to Discover Your Story
Point of View
Meeting the First-Person Narrator
Working with Third Person: Discovering a Narrative Persona
Secrets as a Key to Character
Finding Dialogue through Impersonation
Voice and Tone
To Plot or Not to Plot
Gender Bending, Race Switching, and Beyond
Unity: Discovering a Story's Design
Returning to the Pressure Cooker
Revision: Exploding the Myth
The Art of Reading Your Own Fiction
Should Dick Have a Beard?: Meeting Your Editors
Listening for the Story Editor
Listening for the Sentence Editor
The Timing of Revision
How to Surprise Yourself in the Middle of Your Story
Filtering Feedback
When to Rewrite from Scratch
Talking to the Stranger: Another Angle on Revision
Returning to Raw Voice
Voice over the Long Haul
Audacity and Ruthlessness: (De)Constructing a Writer's Life
The Writer as Character
Writing during Hard Times
Some Truths about Truth-Telling
The Importance of Lying
Becoming Your Own Sovereign

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