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Turning Life into Fiction

ISBN-10: 1555974449
ISBN-13: 9781555974442
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Robin Hemley
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Description: A highly entertaining and indispensable manual on how to write good fiction nbsp; If you want to write at all, whether from real life or not, you must be willing and able to use your imagination. That means you must be willing to take risks and  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 5/2/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

A highly entertaining and indispensable manual on how to write good fiction nbsp; If you want to write at all, whether from real life or not, you must be willing and able to use your imagination. That means you must be willing to take risks and sometimes look the fool. You must be willing to transform experience, not simply record it. If you were a good liar, daydreamer, or troublemaker as a child, you’ll probably make a good fiction writer. Daydreams, lies, and trouble. That’s the stuff of fiction. In Turning Life into Fiction, Robin Hemley offers a highly entertaining and in-depth manual—with writing exercises on how to convert real life into good storytelling. He covers a wide range of subjects, including how to record and generate ideas from daily life and how to write effectively using true anecdotes, real places, and real people. A self-proclaimed liar and thief, Hemley also addresses the legal and ethical concerns of “borrowing” experience from the lives of strangers and loved ones. Lively, informative, and inspirational, Turning Life into Fiction is an invaluable text for any fiction writer. First published in 1994, this new edition is updated and expanded to include nearly a dozen short stories that Hemley refers to throughout the book.

Robin Hemley is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on DO-OVER!. He has published seven books, and his stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and many literary magazines and anthologies. Robin received his MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop; he currently directs the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City, IA.

Introduction : experience versus the imagination : a transformation
Journals : recording and generating ideas
Finding your form : choosing between memoir and novel, transforming anecdotes into stories
Focusing real life : imposing order on experience through characterization, plot, point of view, and other elements of craft
Real people : transforming real people into fictional characters, creating composite characters
Real stories : writing stories of family, childhood, jobs, and other true experiences; finding story ideas in the media, in dreams, in chance discoveries
Real places : creating fictional settings from actual places
Writing (and rewriting) with authority : weaving research into fiction, gaining distance on material, revising fiction
Legal and ethical concerns : using real names and people - what writers can and cannot do
Installations
Risk
Nada
Death in the woods
If you step on a crack
Apple
The lizard
Interior design
The provider
The big ear

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