Deepening Fiction A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers

ISBN-10: 032119537X
ISBN-13: 9780321195371
Edition: 2005
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Description: This intermediate/advanced guide to writing fiction emphasizes the revision process and uses craft discussions, exercises, and diverse examples to show the artistic implications of writing choices. This book addresses the major elements of fiction.  More...

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Book details

List price: $87.20
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 10/5/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

This intermediate/advanced guide to writing fiction emphasizes the revision process and uses craft discussions, exercises, and diverse examples to show the artistic implications of writing choices. This book addresses the major elements of fiction. Numerous examples, questions, and exercises throughout the book help readers reflect upon and explore writing possibilities. The mini-anthology includes a variety of interesting, illustrative, and diverse stories-North American and international, contemporary and classic, realistic and experimental.

Preface
Intermediate and Advanced Approaches to Fiction-Writing
Developing and Complicating Characters
Generating Characters
Inhabiting Characters
Representing Characters
Character History/Background/Connections
Story Analysis and Questions: "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere"
Connecting Character to Story
Motivation and Action
Active and Passive Main Characters
Relating Characters to Each Other
Story Analysis and Questions: "The Forest"
Complicating Characters
Sympathetic and Unsympathetic Characters
Rethinking "Heroes," "Victims," and "Villains"
Restraint in Writing Emotion
Story Analysis and Questions: "Powder"
Revision: Bringing Characters into Focus
Character Exercises
Reintroducing Third-Person POVs
The Centrality of POV
Real-World POV Decisions
Complicating POV: Beyond First, Second, and Third
Aspects of Third-Person POV
Story Analysis and Questions: "The Niece"
Variations of Common POV Choices
Objective Narrators
Close Third-Person POV (Third Person Limited)
Discerning Third-Person POV (Third Person Flexible)
Degrees of Omniscience
Story Analysis and Questions: "Inferno I, 32"
Effectively Breaking POV Rules
Story Analysis and Questions: "Gooseberries"
Revision: Making Subtle POV Shifts
POV Exercises
The Uses of First and Second Person
Stories that Require First-Person Narrators
Aspects of First-Person POV
Motives for Telling the Story
Understanding the Past
Applying Perspective
Story Analysis and Questions: "The Turkey Season"
The Versatility of Second Person
Disguised First Person
Direct Address and Second-Person Narrators
Story Analysis and Questions: "Trauma Plate"
Revision: Making Major POV Changes
POV Exercises
Plot, Narrative Drive, and Alternative Story Structures
Reclaiming the Pleasures of Plot
Classical Plot Structures
Plots and Subplots
Story Analysis and Questions: "Father"
Narrative Drive and Meaning
Forward and Backward Movement
Actual and Emotional Plots
Story Analysis and Questions: "Photograph of Luisa"
Advancing Plot Through Dialogue and Exposition
Plot in Literary and Genre Writing
Alternate and Experimental Structures
Nonlinear Story Structures
Image as Structure
Story Analysis and Questions: "Graffiti"
Revision: How Structure Emerges through Multiple Revisions
Plot and Structure Exercises
Time in Fiction: Scene, Summary, Flashbacks, Backstory, and Transitions
Setting the Story's Time Span
Scene and Summary in Draft and Revision
Action, Description, and Dialogue
Compelling Summaries
Summary Within Scenes
Story Analysis and Questions: "The Eve of the Spirit Festival"
Moving Through Time
White Space and Transitional Phrases
Flashbacks and Backstory
Story Analysis and Questions: "The Rooster and the Dancing Girl"
Revision: Experimenting with Time
Time Exercises
Discovering the Story's Subject: Material and Subject Matter
Ways for Writers to Identify Their Own Material
Repetition and Variation in a Writer's Material
The Difference Between a Subject and a "Theme"
Psychological and Situational Subject Matters
Story Analysis and Questions: "A Wagner Matinee"
Taking Risks with Subject Matter
Ordinary Subject Matter: Beyond the Trivial
Dramatic Subject Matter: Power vs. Sentiment
Transgressive Subject Matter: Crossing Boundaries
Nonrealistic Subject Matter: The Literary Fantastic
Story Analysis and Questions: "Car Crash While Hitchhiking"
Revision: Discovering the Story's True Subject
Subject Matter Exercises
Macrosetting, Microsetting, and Detail
Reseeing Familiar Settings
Macrosetting, Microsetting, and Detail
Essential and Arbitrary Settings
Maximalist Settings
Minimalist Settings
Story Analysis and Questions: "The Fence Party"
The Possibilities of Detail
Point of View and Detail
Symbolic Detail
Story Analysis and Questions: "Pilgrims"
Revision: Inhabiting Places
Setting Exercises
Society, Culture, and Context: Research and the Imagination
Creating Context
Using Research to Enlarge Subject Matter
Work and Leisure
Story Analysis and Questions: "Orientation"
Art, Science, and Other Fields of Inquiry
Story Analysis and Questions: "Di Grasso: A Tale of Odessa"
History, Biography, and Other Cultures
Religion and Politics
Story Analysis and Questions: "Civil Peace"
Revision: Contextualizing the Story
Society, Culture, and Context Exercises
Style and Dialogue
The Writer's Style
Word Choice
Tone and Vision
Figurative Language
Sentence and Paragraph Work
Story Analysis and Questions: "The Cures for Love"
Dialogue and Subtext
Dialogue Rhythms and Styles
Dialogue Tags and Accompanying Actions
Story Analysis and Questions: "A Conversation with My Father"
Revision: Line Editing
Style and Dialogue Exercises
Revision: Beginnings, Middles, and Endings
The Writing Room
Giving and Receiving Criticism: The Workshop
Ways of Reentering a Story
Structural Revision
Beginnings
The Creative Beginning and the Literal Beginning
Setting Up the Story
Story Analysis and Questions: Three Beginnings
Middles
Endings
Inevitable Surprises
Story Analysis and Questions: Three Endings
Common Pitfalls in Beginnings and Endings
Revision Exercises
Anthology of Stories
"Civil Peace"
"Di Grasso: A Tale of Odessa"
"The Forest"
"The Cures for Love"
"Inferno I, 32"
"A Wagner Matinee"
"The Eve of the Spirit Festival"
"Gooseberries"
"Graffiti"
"Trauma Plate"
"Car Crash While Hitchhiking"
"The Rooster and the Dancing Girl"
"Father"
"The Niece"
"The Turkey Season"
"Orientation"
"Pilgrims"
"Drinking Coffee Elsewhere"
"A Conversation with My Father"
"Photograph of Luisa"
"The Fence Party"
"Powder"
The Writing Process and the Writing Life
Talent and Habit
Advice and Experience from the Community
Strategies for Developing and Maintaining Work Habits
Writer's Block
Advice and Experience from the Community
Strategies for Overcoming Writer's Block
Rejection, Publication, and Endurance
Advice and Experience from the Community
Strategies for Flourishing in the Writer's Life
Appendices
A Writer's Glossary
Suggestions for Further Reading
Author Biographies
Credits
Index

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