What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction

ISBN-10: 0395577802

ISBN-13: 9780395577806

Edition: 1992

Authors: Marion Dane Bauer

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Discusses how to write fiction, exploring point of view, dialogue, endings, and revision.
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Book details

List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/20/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Marion Dane Bauer was born in Oglesby, Illinois. She attended community college first, in her home town, and then went to the University of Missouri when she was a junior to study journalism. She quickly realized that journalism was not for her and changed her focus to the humanities and a degree in English literature. She switched one last time to focus on teaching english, which she did when she graduated college. After her children were born, Bauer decided to try her hand at writing. She started out with a children's picture book, but discovered that youg adult novels were more to her taste. After making a career out of writing, Bauer became the first Faculty Chair at Vermont College for the only Master of Fine Arts in Writing program devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults. Bauer is the author of more than forty books for young people. She has won many awards, including a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for her novel Rain of Fire and an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for On My Honor and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. Her picture book My Mother is Mine was a New York Times bestseller.

Introduction
The First Step ... A Story Plan
Choosing Your Best Idea
Character ... The Key to Good Stories
Bringing Characters to Life
Focusing Your Story
Getting from Beginning to End ... The Plot
Choosing Your Point of View
At Last ... The Beginning
Something to Talk About ... Dialogue
Story Tension ... Keeping Your Readers Hooked
Endings ... Expected and Surprising
Just When You Thought You Were Done ... Revising
The Final Step ... Polishing
A Career as a Fiction Writer
An Afterword ... On Using This Book
Index
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