Art and Craft of Storytelling A Comprehensive Guide to Classic Writing Techniques

ISBN-10: 1582975590

ISBN-13: 9781582975597

Edition: 2008

Authors: Nancy Lamb

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A good story flows from a solid understanding of writing and structure, along with a confident grasp of character, plot, and dialogue. This book covers those fundamentals and more. Whether writing a traditional novel, a childrens picture book, or an experimental book, writers across all genres will find a firm foundation in classic storytelling techniques with this helpful guide. The Art & Craft of Storytelling explores beginnings, middles, and ends; what keeps readers turning the pages; premise, theme, and tone; and many other elements of storytelling. The gift for storytelling is more than just instinctive; it's a craft, and this book is the guide to honing it.
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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Nancy Lamb is the author of forty-three books of fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She has taught writing at workshops in Singapore; Athens, Georgia; and Big Sur, California. She can be reached through her Web site,

Building Plans
Time Frames: Story, Past and Present
Discovering Your Story: The Evocation of the Muse
The Genre Wars: From Romance to Literary Fiction
Foundation and Structure
Structural Design: Building What Works for You
Breaking Ground: How to Begin the Beginning
The Space-Time Continuum: Moving Forward (and Backward) Through Your Story
Enter the Bitch: The Power of Negative Voices
The Mid-Story Crisis: Rescuing Your Story From the Middle Muddle
Classical Drama: In the Age of the Page-Turner
The End: ... Or the End of the Beginning?
Structural Supports
Scenes: How They're Structured and What Makes Them Work
The Dynamic Duos: Story and Quest, Plot and Subplot
The Cast of Characters: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Point of View: Who Tells the Story
Inner and Outer Dialogue: Authenticity and Credibility
Interior Designs
Keeping Your Promise: Premise, Theme, and Moral
The Promise Continued: Voice and Tone
Narrative Authority: Setting and Senses
The Write Way: The Finer Points of Good Writing
Finishing Touches
Coming Unglued: Dealing With Writer's Block
The Creative Spirit: The Care and Feeding of Your Muse
Genre Reading List
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