The Stuff of Fiction

In this book, prizewinning novelist and popular creative writing instructor Douglas Bauer (The Book of Famous Iowans) shares the secrets of his trade.

Author: Douglas Bauer

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472031538

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 189

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In this book, prizewinning novelist and popular creative writing instructor Douglas Bauer (The Book of Famous Iowans) shares the secrets of his trade. Talent, as Bauer acknowledges, is the most crucial element for a writer and cannot be taught. But without a regular habit of work, and a perseverance of effort, no amount of talent can come forward and be recognized. His lively and candid essays on subjects critical to the fiction writer’s success demystify the essential elements of fiction writing, how they work, and work together. Bauer’s focus is on the building blocks of successful fiction: dialogue (the intimate relationship between characters talking and the eavesdropping reader), characters (the virtues of creating fictional characters that are both splendidly flawed and sympathetic), and dramatic events (ways to create moments that produce an emotional and psychological impact). There are also chapters on crafting effective openings and memorable closings of stories and on the vital presence of sentiment in fiction versus the ruinous effect of sentimentality. By assuming the point of view of someone at the task, engaged with the work, inside the effort to bring an invented world to life, The Stuff of Fiction speaks to writers of all ages in a pleasurable yet practical voice. Douglas Bauer is the author of three novels, Dexterity, The Very Air, and The Book of Famous Iowans, and one book of nonfiction, Prairie City, Iowa. He is also a core faculty member with the MFA Program at Bennington College and has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation grant, and two Harvard Danforth Excellence in Teaching Citations.

The Stuff of Dreams

An original e-novel from the Original Series universe!

Author: James Swallow

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451696615

Category: Fiction

Page: 100

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An original e-novel from the Original Series universe! The Enterprise-E arrives in unclaimed space for a rendezvous with the Starfleet science vessel Newton. Jean-Luc Picard and his crew have been ordered to assist the Newton with the final phase of its current mission—a mission that brings Picard face to face with something he never thought he would see again: the phenomenon known as the Nexus. Less than twelve years after it left the Alpha Quadrant, the Nexus ribbon has now returned. Tasked to track and study the phenomenon as it re-entered the galaxy, the specialist science team on the Newton discovered that the orbital path of the Nexus has been radically altered by the actions of the rogue El-Aurian Tolian Soren—taking it deep into the territory of The Holy Order of the Kinshaya, one of the key members of the Typhon Pact. Starfleet Command is unwilling to allow the Kinshaya—and by extension, the Typhon Pact—free access to what is essentially a gateway to anywhere and anywhen, as a single operative could use the Nexus to change the course of galactic history….

Globaletics and Radicant Aesthetics in Australian Fiction

That's the whole new bit for me you know. Can I do this? Can I make a positive yarn and still make it political? Using the stuff of fiction to do what ...

Author: Salhia Ben-Messahel

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527506978

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 217

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This book focuses on the issues of space, culture and identity in recent Australian fiction. It discusses the work of 15 authors to show that, in Australia, the meaning of “country” remains critical and cultural belonging is still a difficult process. Interrogating the definition of Australia as a “post-colonial nation” and its underlying extension from Britain, it applies Nicolas Bourriaud’s concept of the Radicant to examine Australian writing beyond the “post” of “post-colonialism”. The book shows that some authors are engaged in writing about the country and the time in which they live, but that they also share common critical views on the definition of multiculturalism, the belonging to place, and integration in the nation. The volume suggests that theories of cultural hybridism presented as a decolonising methodology in fact dissolve singularity in the same way that globalisation creates standardisation. It argues that 21st century Australian fiction depicts the subject as a radicant and that Australian culture constitutes a mobile entity unconnected to any soil.


As the stuff of fiction is invention, so fiction comes from the invention of stuff — this
observation suggesting that writers so far have scarcely sampled all the possible
ways of stuffing "fiction." V.) Words need not be the building blocks of fiction, ...

Author: Raymond Federman


ISBN: UOM:39015002894692

Category: Fiction

Page: 294

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The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of

Traces the development of science fiction from the literary tales of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne into a multi-billion-dollar entertainment industry, and explores its impact on American culture.

Author: Thomas M. Disch

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684859781

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 114


Traces the development of science fiction from the literary tales of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne into a multi-billion-dollar entertainment industry, and explores its impact on American culture.


Much of the new fiction si the last ten or fifteen years is as incomplete as
Solotaroff's remarks suggest , or is at least as frustrating to read as the state of
mind expressed is frustrated , cribbed , contained ; but equally much of it is
emancipating ...



ISBN: STANFORD:36105007049690

Category: Literature, Modern


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Native Speakers

By self-consciously identifying as “fiction” while clearly drawing from ... in their representation of ethnographic “data” as the stuff of fiction, ...

Author: María Eugenia Cotera

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292718685

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 286

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In the early twentieth century, three women of color helped shape a new world of ethnographic discovery. Ella Cara Deloria, a Sioux woman from South Dakota, Zora Neale Hurston, an African American woman from Florida, and Jovita González, a Mexican American woman from the Texas borderlands, achieved renown in the fields of folklore studies, anthropology, and ethno-linguistics during the 1920s and 1930s. While all three collaborated with leading male intellectuals in these disciplines to produce innovative ethnographic accounts of their own communities, they also turned away from ethnographic meaning making at key points in their careers and explored the realm of storytelling through vivid mixed-genre novels centred on the lives of women. In this book, Cotera offers an intellectual history situated in the "borderlands" between conventional accounts of anthropology, women's history, and African American, Mexican American and Native American intellectual genealogies. At its core is also a meditation on what it means to draw three women--from disparate though nevertheless interconnected histories of marginalization--into conversation with one another. Can such a conversation reveal a shared history that has been erased due to institutional racism, sexism, and simple neglect? Is there a mode of comparative reading that can explore their points of connection even as it remains attentive to their differences? These are the questions at the core of this book, which offers not only a corrective history centred on the lives of women of colour intellectuals, but also a methodology for comparative analysis shaped by their visions of the world.

Now Write

He is also the author of three novels—Dexterity, The Very Air, and The Book of Famous Iowans—and most recently The Stuff of Fiction, a collection of essays ...

Author: Sherry Ellis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101117835

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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A collection of personal writing exercises and commentary from some of today's best novelists, short story writers, and writing teachers, including Jill McCorkle, Amy Bloom, Robert Olen Butler, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Virgil Suarez, Margot Livesay, and more. What's the secret behind the successful and prolific careers of critically acclaimed novelists and short story writers Amy Bloom, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Alison Lurie, and others? Divine assistance? Otherworldly talent? An unsettlingly close relationship with the Muse? While the rest of us are staring at blank sheets of paper, struggling to come up with a first sentence, these writers are busy polishing off story after story and novel after novel. Despite producing work that may seem effortless, all of them have a simple technique for fending off writer's block: the writing exercise. In Now Write!, Sherry Ellis collects the personal writing exercises of today's best writers and lays bare the secret to their success. - In "The Photograph," Jill McCorkle divulges one of her tactics for handling material that takes plots in a million different directions; - National Book Award-nominee Amy Bloom offers "Water Buddies," an exercise for writers practicing their craft in workshops; - Steve Almond, author of My Life in Heavy Metal and Candyfreak, provides a way to avoiding purple prose in "The Five-Second Shortcut to Writing in the Lyric Register"; - and eighty-three more of the country's top writers disclose their strategies for creating memorable prose. Complemented by brief commentary from the authors themselves, the exercises in Now Write! are practical and hands-on. By encouraging writers to shamelessly steal proven techniques that have yielded books which have won National Book Awards, Pulitzers, and Guggenheim grants, Now Write! inspires the aspiring writer to write now.

The North Carolina Historical Review

Their novels tend to be concerned with diplomacy , with winning political office ,
with intelligence problems , with national security , with war , with elections , with
graft and corruption — all the stuff of journalism they try to transfer immediately ...



ISBN: UCAL:B3501529

Category: North Carolina


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The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader

We can trace out some of the steps in this gradual shift—a shift by which contemporary existence has come to seem the stuff of science fiction and the ...

Author: J.P. Telotte

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813138732

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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Exploring early hits such as The Twilight Zone and Star Trek, as well as more recent successes such as Battlestar Galactica and Lost, The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader illuminates the history, narrative approaches, and themes of the genre. The book discusses science fiction television from its early years when shows attempted to recreate the allure of science fiction cinema, to its current status as a sophisticated genre with a popularity all its own. J. P. Telotte has assembled a wideranging volume rich in theoretical scholarship yet fully accessible to science fiction fans. The book supplies readers with valuable historical context, analyses of essential science fiction series, and an understanding of the key issues in science fiction television.

New Boundaries in Political Science Fiction

Yet while proposals such as the Army's Future Combat Systems may remain the stuff of science fiction as it runs up against the realities of an escalating ...

Author: Associate Professor of Government and Director of Women's Studies Clyde Wilcox

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570037361

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 362

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Surveying the vast expanse of politically-charged science fiction, this book posits that the defining dilemma for these tales rests in whether identity and meaning germinate from progressive linear changes or progress, or from a continuous return to primitive realities of war, death and the competition for survival.

Killer Fiction

Five weeks after the stuff was seized, they come up with this “Greatest Crime” crap. I've never tried to say I was a hotshot new talent.

Author: G. J. Schaefer

Publisher: Feral House

ISBN: 9781936239191

Category: True Crime

Page: 291

View: 522


Including a foreword by a woman who once dated him, the perverse, violent stories, poetry, and fantastic scribblings of a man convicted in 1972 of murdering two women chart the killer's extreme pathology.

Such Stuff as Dreams

Drawing on an idea originally developed by a variety of historical literary figures including William Shakespeare, in this ground-breaking work Oatley richly illustrates how fiction is not simply a slice of life, pure entertainment, or an ...

Author: Keith Oatley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470974575

Category: Psychology

Page: 290

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Fiction Writer s Market

NO: Do you know why science fiction is popular now? UL: Just now there's a lot
of escapist science fiction being written — the stuff I call sci-fi. Lucas's and
SpieIberg's movies have had a big influence on the literature. There's a lot of low-
grade ...

Author: Laurie Henry


ISBN: 0898793106

Category: Authorship


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Science Fiction A Critical Guide

One thing seems certain about SF, anywhere in the world: there is far too much of the stuff, and there is more bad science fiction than Sturgeon's Law of ...

Author: Patrick Parrinder

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000378788

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

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This book, first published in 1979, presents a portrait of science fiction as a distinct form of serious and creative literature. Contributors are drawn from Britain, America and Europe, and range from well-known academic critics to young novelists. The essays establish the common properties of science fiction writing, and assess the history and significance of a field in which critical judgements have often been unreliable. The material ranges from the earliest imaginative journeys to the moon, to later developments of British, American and European science fiction.

Science Fiction Today and Tomorrow

That ' s the stuff of science fiction and it is , as well , the stuff of world crises . The
hierarchical levels of a future society may very well be sharply defined by
categorical birth into different intelligence classes , a birth prearranged from
conception .

Author: Ben Bova


ISBN: UOM:39015046447697

Category: Science fiction

Page: 342

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Writing Theory Writing Fiction

Just as words are the stuff of the novel , as we argued in chapter one ; so too ,
words are the stuff of theory . Secondly , theory and fiction are both “ productions ”
, as opposed to “ products ” . By choosing this word " productions ” , Bowie places

Author: Stephanie Anne Schechner


ISBN: WISC:89061818753


Page: 358

View: 459


New Woman Fiction 1881 1899 Part I

'Mr Hamlin is down-stairs, Miss Brown,' hesitated the maid, as Anne bade her help her out of this mass of limp stuff. 'He said he would wait to see you ...

Author: Carolyn W de la L Oulton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351221733

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1136

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Contains three early examples of the genre of New Woman writing, each portraying women in ways wholly different to those which had gone before. This title includes "Kith and Kin" (1881), "Miss Brown" and "The Wing of Azrael".