Writing Fiction A Guide to Narrative Craft

ISBN-10: 0321117956

ISBN-13: 9780321117953

Edition: 6th 2003 (Revised)

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Description: The most widely used and respected book on writing fiction,Writing Fiction guides the writer from first inspiration to final revision. Supported by an abundance exercises, this guide/anthology explores and integrates the elements of fiction while offering practical techniques and concrete examples. A focus on the writing process in its entirety provides a comprehensive guide to writing fiction, approaching distinct elements in separate chapters while building on what has been covered earlier. Topics include free-writing to revision, plot, style, characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, imagery, and point of view. An anthology of diverse and contemporary short stories followed by suggestions for discussion and writing exercises, illustrates concepts while offering variety in pacing and exposure to this increasingly popular form. The book also discusses key issues including writing workshops, using autobiography as a basis for fiction, using action in stories, using dialogue, and maintaining point of view. The sixth edition also features more short short stories than any previous edition and includes quotation boxes that offer advice and inspirational words from established writers on a wide range of topics--such as writing from experience, story structure, openings and endings, and revision. For those interested in developing their creative writing skills.

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List price: $67.80
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 7/10/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Whatever Works: The Writing Process
Get Started
Keep Going
A Word About Theme
Shitty First Drafts, Anne Lamott
From The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
The Tower and The Net: Story Form and Structure
Conflict, Crisis, and Resolution
Connection and Disconnection
Story Form as a Check Mark
Story and Plot
The Short Story and the Novel
The Use of Force, William Carlos Williams
How Far She Went, Mary Hood
Seeing Is Believing: Showing and Telling
Significant Detail
The Active Voice
Prose Rhythm
The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?, Joyce Carol Oates
Book People: Characterization, Part I
The Indirect Method of Character Presentation: Authorial Interpretation
The Direct Methods of Character Presentation
The Enormous Radio, John Cheever
Yours, Mary Robinson
The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn't Flash Red Anymore, Alexie Sherman
The Flesh Made Word: Characterization, Part II
The Direct Methods of Character Presentation (Continued)
Conflict Between Methods of Presentation
Creating a Group or Crowd
Character: A Summary
Girls at War, Chinua Achebe
Saint Marie, Louise Erdrich
Long Ago and Far Away: Fictional Place and Time
Setting and Atmosphere
Some Aspects of Narrative Time
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Bullet in the Brain, Tobias Wolff
Call Me Ishmael: Point of View, Part I
Who Speaks?
To Whom?
In What Form?
Girl, Jamaica Kincaid
Hips, Sandra Cisneros
Royal Beatings, Alice Munro
Assorted Liars: Point of View, Part II
At What Distance?
With What Limitations?
Gryphon, Charles Baxter
Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot, Robert Olen Butler
Is and Is Not: Comparison
Types of Metaphor and Simile
Metaphoric Faults to Avoid
The Objective Correlative
San, Lan Samantha Chang
The Falling Girl, Dino Buzzati
Menagerie, Charles Johnson
I Gotta Use Words When I Talk To You: Theme
Idea and Morality in Theme
How Fictional Elements Contribute to Theme
A Man Told Me the Story of His Life, Grace Paley
Developing Theme as You Write
Ralph the Duck, Frederick Busch
Ad Infinitum: A Short Story, John Barth
Play It Again, Sam: Revision
Worry It and Walk Away
Revision questions
An Example of the Revision Process
Wanting to Fly, Stephen Dunning
The Bath, Raymond Carver
A Small, Good Thing, Raymond Carver
Kinds of Fiction
Suggestions For Further Reading
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