Where the Stories Come From Beginning to Write Fiction

ISBN-10: 0321078993

ISBN-13: 9780321078995

Edition: 2002

Authors: Sibyl Johnston
List price: $84.20
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Description: Process-oriented and student-centered, Where the Stories Come From: Beginning To Write Fiction is a comprehensive beginning-level fiction writing textbook. Where the Stories Come From defines basic terms in creative writing and explains the fundamentals of character, plot, point of view, verb tense, narrative structure, setting, dialogue, subtext, and theme. Including topics such as prewriting, drafting, revising, and working with readers, the chapters can be read straight through or assigned in any order, as issues arise during the semester.

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List price: $84.20
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 7/24/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

To the Teacher
To the Student
Definitions
Growing the Story
Playing with Words
Freewriting
Breaking the Rules
Writing Lists
When Freewriting Becomes Writing
Breaking the Non-Rules: Structured Freewrites
Wordplay
Freewriting into a Scene
Focused Freewrites
Freewriting through a Block
The Flaming Freewrite
Moons and Eggplants: Verbal Still-Lifes
Concrete and Abstract Description
Rendering the Eggplant: Using Senses and Intellect
Wordplay
Image Translations
The Image Log
Moon Chronicles
Writing Your Past
Growing Your Own Details
Gathering Information
Borrowing Details
Distancing Yourself
Avoiding Melodrama
Drawing Your Family Tree
Wordplay
Ancestral Image List
Compared Memories
Dreamcatching
Dreams and Writing
Nocturnal Sources of Creativity
Envisioning or Interpreting: Dreams in Creative Work
Re-entering Your Dreams
Wordplay
A Dream Plan
Transmuting Your Dreams
As You Write
Exploration and Discovery
Ask Yourself
Ask Readers
Wordplay
Suggested Reading
Drafting: Six Ways of Beginning a Story
The Seeds of a Story
Growing Ideas
Starting from Character
Writing Portrait
Writing Self-Portraits
Growing the Character
Writing without Models
Writing Composite Characters
Starting from Image
Growing the Image
Starting from Setting
The Significance of Place
Growing the Setting
Starting from Voice
Finding a Voice in "What Killed a Girl."
Finding Other Voices
Starting from Event
Why You Shouldn't Do It
When It's Okay to Do It
How to Do It
Starting from Theme
As You Write
Exploration and Discovery
Ask Yourself
Ask Readers
Wordplay
Suggested Reading
The Elements of Fiction
Character
Character: A Story's Center
Character and Plot
Plot-centered Fiction
The Fantastic in the Real
Subordinating Plot to Character
Rendering Characters Concretely
Character and Setting
Exotic Settings
The Details of Place
Character and Theme
Letting Theme Emerge
Character and Technique
Methods of Characterization
Physical Description
Characterization by Contrast
The Narrator's Role in Characterization
Behavior
Fantasy and Reality
Voice and Speech
Multiple Voices
Voice in Secondary Character
As You Write
Exploration and Discovery
Ask Yourself
Ask Readers
Wordplay
Suggested Reading
Plot
Plot: The Revelation of Character
The Narrative Arc
Exposition
Background Material: Integrating Exposition Subtly
Emotional Exposition
Even Quieter Exposition
Working with Large Amounts of Exposition
Slowing Down the Action
Evaluating Exposition
Rising Action: The Case of Little Red-Cap
Rising Action in Contemporary Fiction
Rising Action and Foreshadowing
Understating the Events
The Climax
A Contemporary "Little Red-Cap." Change: The Heart of the Story. Falling Action
As You Write
Exploration and Discovery
Ask Yourself
Ask Readers
Wordplay
Suggested Reading
Point of View
Perspective
The First Person
"Showing" in the First Person
Limitations of the First Person
Describing the First-Person Narrator
Self-portraiture: Autobiography or Self-Display? The Unreliable Narrator
Suspending Disbelief: Narrating in the First Person
The Third Person
Third-Person Omniscient
Third-Person Limited
The Second Person
Combining Points of View
As You Write
Exploration and Discovery
Ask Yourself
Ask Readers
Wordplay
Suggested Reading
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