The Technique of Fiction Writing

The fiction writer is a dramatist in a very real sense, but he cannot depend for
verisimilitude on flesh-and-blood actors, ... But the technique of describing setting
is fictional as well as rhetorical, that is, the writer of a story must consider what he

Author: Robert Saunders Dowst

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 9781776533718

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 189

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Whether you're a new writer struggling to find your way into the story you want to tell or an experienced scribe looking to shake things up with a few novel tips and techniques, Robert Saunders Dowst's The Technique of Fiction Writing can help. Packed with practical guidelines and instructions that are sure to break you out of your rut and breathe new life into your work, this classic guide is a must-read for aspiring novelists and short-story writers.

Creative Writing

They may be less familiar with intertextuality, anachrony, and fabula, and they may be even less confident in achieving the effects these terms refer to. This book defines fictional techniques and guides the potential writer in their use.

Author: Colin Bulman

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745636870

Category: Education

Page: 249

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All writers are familiar with terms like plot, suspense, conflict and character. They may be less familiar with intertextuality, anachrony, and fabula, and they may be even less confident in achieving the effects these terms refer to. This book defines fictional techniques and guides the potential writer in their use. It may spark off ideas for stories and novels and provide first-aid for failing stories. A story's ending may come as a surprise to the reader, suspense may have the reader on the edge of the seat, and conflict may lead to unbearable excitement. It is the job of the writer to create these effects and this book illustrates how it is done. The book is for students doing creative writing in higher education, at "A" level, and it will be essential reading for anyone interested in writing fiction. Contents: * Definitions of over 200 terms and techniques to do with fiction writing * How to achieve fictional effects * Literary examples of the techniques described Characteristics of genre as well as literary fiction * Basic but essential techniques such as writing dialogue and using figures of speech * Definitions of major terms used in publishing

Elements of Fiction Writing Characters Viewpoint

response constantly dealt with, they can forget they're reading fiction and become
completely absorbed in what happens. But the representational writer denies
himself the chance to engage his reader directly; the technique of
representational ...

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599632698

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be made. This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your memory, your imagination and your soul. Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. With specific examples, he spells out your narrative options–the choices you'll make in creating fictional people so "real" that readers will feel they know them like members of their own families. You'll learn how to: • draw the characters from a variety of sources, including a story's basic idea, real life–even a character's social circumstances • make characters show who they are by the things they do and say, and by their individual "style" • develop characters readers will love–or love to hate • distinguish among major characters, minor characters and walk-ons, and develop each one appropriately • choose the most effective viewpoint to reveal the characters and move the storytelling • decide how deeply you should explore your characters' thoughts, emotions and attitudes

Mystery Story Technique for Writers

The Detective-Fictive and Real But it is this very principle that marks the
difference between the detective in fiction and in real life. The cleverest
detectives in life are not men of diseased intellect, however greatly developed
may be their powers ...

Author: Dr. Robert C. Worstell


ISBN: 9781365602924



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The Technique of the Novel

That is to say, the desire to express truth is only one among the various purposes
which a writer may have. That it should be the chief purpose of the novel,
perhaps the only one, we have just seen asserted by both critics and novelists.

Author: Charles F. Horne


ISBN: 9780557517893


Page: 300

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The Technique of the Novel: the Elements of the Art, their Evolution and Present Use by Charles F. Horne. CONTENTS: PART I: The Origin of the Novel: The Beginnings of Story Building, The Elements of the Novel, The Egyptian Tales, The Greek Romances, The Mediaeval Conglomerates, The Modern Novel -- PART II: The Development of the Modern Novel: The Recent Study of Story Building, Plot, Movtive and Versimilitude, Character, Emotion, Background, Style, Conclusion -- Appendix -- Index. Reproduction of 1908 Edition.

The Creative Writing Handbook

This revised and updated edition of The Creative Writing Handbook now includes new chapters on writing for stage and radio and on writing screenplays for film and television.

Author: Mary Luckhurst

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781349908134

Category: Creative writing

Page: 284

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The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature

1927 . — Free - lance fiction . 1928 . Wilhelm , D . Writing for profit : with
contributions by many editors and writers . New York 1930 . ... 1932 . Marriot , J .
W . The art and craft of writing . 1933 . Hogarth , B . The technique of novel writing
. 1934 .

Author: George Watson

Publisher: CUP Archive


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 19

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More than fifty specialists have contributed to this new edition of volume 4 of The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature. The design of the original work has established itself so firmly as a workable solution to the immense problems of analysis, articulation and coordination that it has been retained in all its essentials for the new edition. The task of the new contributors has been to revise and integrate the lists of 1940 and 1957, to add materials of the following decade, to correct and refine the bibliographical details already available, and to re-shape the whole according to a new series of conventions devised to give greater clarity and consistency to the entries.

Techniques of the Selling Writer

Writing fiction is like playing in vaudeville, except that you have to devise a new
act for each performance. It's the only craft that gets harder as you go along
instead of easier. Skill brings awareness of deficiencies. You grow more critical
and ...

Author: Dwight V. Swain

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806186672

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 344

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Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Here one can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product. No one can teach talent, but the practical skills of the professional writer's craft can certainly be taught. The correct and imaginative use of these kills can shorten any beginner's apprenticeship by years. This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.

Writing Vivid Dialogue

Do you want to write fast-paced, exciting, sizzling dialogue? This book reveals professional dialogue technique to characterise the speaker, carry the plot forward and entertain your readers. This is not a beginner's guide.

Author: Rayne Hall

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1530805872


Page: 122

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Do you want to write fast-paced, exciting, sizzling dialogue? This book reveals professional dialogue technique to characterise the speaker, carry the plot forward and entertain your readers. This is not a beginner's guide. It assumes that you have mastered the basics of fiction writing, and don't need an explanation of what dialogue is and why it matters for your story. But your dialogue isn't yet as strong as your story deserves. Perhaps it drags, perhaps the characters all sound the same, and perhaps it lacks tension, wit or sparkle. This book offers you a toolbox filled with techniques. These are not 'rules' every writer must follow, but tricks you can try. Pick, mix and match them to suit your characters and your story. Some of these tools work for all kinds of dialogue, others solve specific problems-how to create male and female voices, how to present foreign languages and accents, how to present historical dialogue and flirtatious banter, how to write dialogue for alpha characters, for children and for liars. If you like you can use this book as an advanced dialogue writing course, working your way through each chapter, doing the exercises in the chapter and the assignments at the end of each chapter. Or you can simply read the whole book to get a feel for what's in it, then choose the techniques you want to study and apply for the chapter you want to write or revise. (British English grammar and spelling.)

Maggie Gee Writing the Condition of England Novel

Overall, this book, Maggie Gee: Writing the Conditionof-England Novel, argues
that Gee's novels can be defined as versions of midVictorian social-problem
novels, and by employing the technique of self-conscious fiction and introducing
new ...

Author: Mine Özyurt Kiliç

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441162779

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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The first female Chair of the Royal Society of Literature and translated into thirteen languages, Maggie Gee is writing the Victorian condition-of-England novel for 21st-century Britain. In the first critical study of Gee's work, Mine Özyurt Kiliç identifies the specific social problems her novels address and explains the social consciousness similarities Gee shares with the Victorians. Analyzing how Gee adjusts the condition-of-England novel to reflect contemporary Britain enables Özyurt Kiliç to reveal the accuracy of Gee's rich portraits of Britain. She focuses on Gee's ability to cut across the boundaries of race, class and gender, mix voices from the margin with the majority and challenge and change the idea of the mainstream. As an active, self-conscious and critical participant in the literary world, Gee paints a panoramic view of society. Her critiques of class, race and the world of publishing, allow Özyurt Kiliç to cover a wide range of topics and detail how English fiction shapes and influences, and is shaped and influenced by, the contemporary literary market.

A Multidisciplinary Study of Fiction Writing

A " technique " is " a means of creating all or part of a representational structure ,
such as a list of idea - labels or a network ... Techniques include the following :
Brainstorming - The writer jots down notes without worrying how to organise them

Author: Anthony Bloor


ISBN: IND:30000087071555

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 357

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Before moving into higher education, Anthony Bloor worked as a computer programmer in car manufacturing, then worked in various capacities as a freelancer in the film and TV industry. He has carried out research in artificial intelligence, and research on the use of computers for the teaching of writing. Dr. Bloor began a B.A. in English, graduated with a BSc in Pure Mathematics, and has an MSc in Information Technology, and a Ph.D. for a study of fiction writing Book jacket.

The Fictional World of Ruskin Bond

His Narrative Technique Fiction , the most popular modern literary genre has
obviously , attracted a large readership all over the world . It has grown into an
independent form of writing , free from any set principles of form and content .
Keeping ...

Author: Amita Aggarwal

Publisher: Sarup & Sons

ISBN: 817625567X


Page: 190

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Ruskin Bond, b. 1934, Indo-English litterateur.

The Fiction Writers Question Book

A STUDY OF PROSE FICTION , by Bliss Perry . Houghton , Mifflin and Co. , New
York . TECHNICAL WRITING , by T. A. Rickard . John Wiley and Sons , Inc. , New
York . THE TECHNIQUE OF FICTION WRITING , by R. S. Dowst . The Editor Co.

Author: John Allen Boughton


ISBN: WISC:89099899825

Category: Authorship

Page: 151

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Master Class in Fiction Writing Techniques from Austen Hemingway and Other Greats

Because POV can be complicated and counterintuitive , as well as supremely
subtle , it is the element of the storytelling craft that inexperienced writers most
often mishandle . In fact , through the end of the nineteenth century , many of the

Author: Adam Sexton

Publisher: Spanish Imports - BGR

ISBN: UOM:39015062883544

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 228

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is the newest wave in productivity. This revolutionary approach is an outcome of lean thinking; however, PLM eliminates waste and efficiency across "all" aspects of a product's life--from design to deployment--not just in its manufacture. By using people, product information, processes, and technology to reduce wasted time, energy, and material across an organization and into the supply chain, PLM "drives the next generation of lean thinking."Now PLM pioneer Michael Grieves offers everyone from Six Sigma and lean practitioners to supply chain managers, product developers, and consultants a proven framework for adopting this information-driven approach. "Product Lifecycle Management" shows you how to greatly enhance your firm's productivity by integrating the efforts of your entire organization.Most companies are seeing the returns of their efforts in lean methods diminishing, as the most fruitful applications have already been addressed. Here, Grieves reveals how PLM gives you an opportunity to make improvements both within and across functional areas in order to increase agility, optimize efficiency, and reduce costs across the board. He gives you the most comprehensive view of PLM available, fully outlining its characteristics, method, and tools and helping you assess your organizational readiness.There's also proven examples from the field, where PLM is being widely adopted by leading companies, including General Motors, General Electric, and Dell, that are widely adopting the approach. You'll see how PLM has saved these companies "billions" in unnecessary costs and shaved as much as "60% off cycle times." With this book you'll learn howto: Develop and implement your PLM strategy to support your corporate objectives Engage all your employees in using information to eliminate waste Enable improved information flow Better organize and utilize your intellectual capital Foster an environment that drives PLM Lean manufacturing can only take your organization so far. To bring your productivity to the next level and save remarkable amounts of time, money, and resources, "Product Lifecycle Management" is your one-stop, hands-on guide to implementing this powerful methodology.

Fiction Writers on Fiction Writing

But if you ask me what technique is —I should have to write you a book about it,
because the expression itself is a paradox. Richard Matthews Hallet: I am a little
suspicious of the word “technique” as applied to writing. Fiction has two parts, ...

Author: Arthur Sullivant Hoffman


ISBN: UCSC:32106006898701

Category: Authorship

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Teaching Writing in Middle School

Taken together , nonfiction and fiction skills will produce a better writer . It is
sometimes more efficient to teach a technique using fiction with students this age
. For example , first asking them to describe a person , place , or thing in their
story ...

Author: Beth Means

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 1563085623

Category: Education

Page: 209

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Introduce middle school students to the joy of writing with this treasury of inspiring ideas, practical lessons, examples, games, and resources. Step-by-step guidelines and helpful tips for educators are combined with numerous writing and prewriting activities for students - from "braindancing" and "zoom lens" to "downhilling." The result is a complete teaching package that offers a variety of approaches to motivate middle school students.

Anita Desai and Her Fictional World

She has given a new dimension to the Indian novel in English by turning from
outer to inner reality . G . Rai , has called her , a writer with an original voice ' .
Desai is well known for her use of technique . : The word TECHNIQUE is derived
from ...

Author: Neeru Tandon

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 8126908424

Category: Indic literature (English)

Page: 221

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Today Anita Desai Is Recognised For Her Originality, Versatility And The Indigenous Flavour Of Her Character-Portrayal That She Brings To Her Work. Her Women Characters Are Real Flesh And Blood Protagonists Who Make You Look At Them With Awe And With Their Relationships To Their Surroundings, Their Society, Their Men, Their Children, Their Families, Their Mental And Psychological Make-Ups And Themselves. The Present Book Purports To Be A Pioneering Attempt To Evaluate Desai S Fiction And Fictional Art From Various Points Of View And Assesses Her Contribution To The Indian-English Fiction. What Is Unique About This Book Is The Attempt To Include Desai S Complete Fictional Oeuvre From Her Maiden Attempt Cry, The Peacock (1963) Till Her Latest Published Work The Zigzag Way (2004). Her Novels Of Four Decades Have Been Divided Into Different Sections For A Focused Study.The Present Critical Anthology Of Dr. Neeru Tandon On Anita Desai Is An Admirable Effort On The Presentation Of A Coherent And Comprehensive Assessment Of Anita Desai As A Powerful Indian English Fiction Writer. In Her Collection She Has Included Certain Burning Topics Of The Day Such As Male-Female Dichotomy, Existentialist Vision, Religion And Culture, Concept Of Marriage And Narrative Technique In The Fiction Of Anita Desai. The Uncomplicated Language And The Natural Flow Of Words Make For Easy Reading. Since Dasai Is Prescribed In The Syllabus In Most Of The Universities Of India, Both The Teachers And The Students Will Find This Book Extremely Useful, And The Research Scholars Will Also Find It Very Interesting And Purposeful.

Indian Writing in English

essay is not to analyse what Raja Rao wrote , but what he did not write ... be
imposed on the form and technique of the novel , provided the narrative interest
is there .

Author: Joya Chakravarty

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 8171569927

Category: Indic literature (English)

Page: 161

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Indian Writing In English: Perspectives Looks At Indo-Anglican Writings From Two Aspects As A Social Document And As A Work Of Literature. The Essays Included In This Volume Focus On Some Of The Works Of Some Of The Writers Who Wrote In The Period 1947-2001. The Novel Azadi Chronicles A Transitional As Well As A Turbulent Period In The History Of India. From The 1960S Onwards One Can Discern A Change In The Style Of Writers Writing In English. They Became Bolder And Stronger In Expressing Their Emotional Needs. Kamala Das S Writings Epitomise This Change. Degeneration Of Old Values And Corruption That Creep In With Modernization Are Depicted In The Writings Of Upmanyu Chatterjee And Arundhati Roy.The Favourite Theme Of Nearly All The Writers Analysed Here Has Been Human Relationships. Our Lives Revolve Around Them In Some Form Or The Other. Relationship Make All The Difference In Life. Relationships Cannot Grow From Nothing. They Develop Through Association And Require A Long Gestation Period Between Conception And Delivery.The Contributors Who Have Contributed Articles For This Volume Are Teachers And Researchers Of Great Merit. They Have Debated And Discussed On Indo-Anglican Fiction At Seminars And Workshops. I Am Sure This Volume Will Be Of Great Help To Students And Scholars Of Indian Writing In English.

The Writer

This fine book by an experienced author and teacher gives practical advice on all
aspects of modern fiction writing , including selection of story material , theme ,
plot , viewpoint , dialogue , selling , etc . $ 6 . 95 Techniques of Novel Writing ...

Author: William Henry Hills


ISBN: UOM:39015067425101

Category: Authorship


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