The Writing of Fiction

She explores the history of modern fiction and the contributions of Honoré de Balzac and Stendhal. She even examines the difference between literary and commercial fiction, as well as the work of Marcel Proust.

Author: Edith Wharton

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504066112

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 125

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Essays on the craft of fiction writing from the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, for her novel The Age of Innocence. In The Writing of Fiction,Edith Wharton, a prolific writer and one of the twentieth century’s greatest authors, shares her thoughts on fiction writing, devoting individual chapters to short stories and novels. She stresses the importance of writers putting thought into how they build their story, from selecting subject matter and fashioning characters to crafting situations and settings. She explores the history of modern fiction and the contributions of Honoré de Balzac and Stendhal. She even examines the difference between literary and commercial fiction, as well as the work of Marcel Proust. Although Wharton passed away in 1937, her advice here endures and is bound to inspire writers for ages to come. “In The Writing of Fiction Edith Wharton gives us not only a period-appropriate glimpse into the mind of an exceptionally creative writer but also an appreciation for the thoughtfulness and discipline she brought to her craft. We are fortunate she was willing to share her observations.” —Ralph White, author of Litchfield

Writing Genre Fiction

"Writing Genre Fiction: A Guide to the Craft" is the book I was looking for when I set out on my quest to learn how to write fiction. It is an attempt to share what I learned from my research.

Author: H. Thomas Milhorn

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 9781581129182

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 364

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Several years ago, after many years of writing nonfiction, I decided to write a novel-a medical thriller in the mold of Robin Cook, Michael Crichton, and Michael Palmer. The problem was that, although I knew how to write and had received a number of awards for nonfiction works, I didn't know the how to write fiction. So, before putting fingers to keyboard I did a thorough search of the literature, which included reading numerous books and hundreds of website articles. What I discovered was that there simply wasn't one good source from which to learn the craft of writing genre fiction. "Writing Genre Fiction: A Guide to the Craft" is the book I was looking for when I set out on my quest to learn how to write fiction. It is an attempt to share what I learned from my research. It covers the six key elements of genre fiction; the various genres and subgenres; a large number of genre-fiction writing techniques; plot, subplots, and parallel plots; structure; scene and sequel; characterization; dialogue; emotions; and body language. It also covers additional information about copyrighting and plagiarism, where to get ideas, manuscript formatting and revision, and query letters and synopses. In addition, an appendix covers a large number of grammar tips.

The Knowing is in the Writing

Part manual, part testament, part autobiography, this book aims to engage new and young writers of fiction in matters of not only craft but also life and livelihood.

Author: Jose Y. Dalisay

Publisher: UP Press

ISBN: 9715425119

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 173

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Part manual, part testament, part autobiography, this book aims to engage new and young writers of fiction in matters of not only craft but also life and livelihood.

The Art of Fiction

This classic guide, from the renowned novelist and professor, has helped transform generations of aspiring writers into masterful writers—and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Author: John Gardner

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307756718

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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This classic guide, from the renowned novelist and professor, has helped transform generations of aspiring writers into masterful writers—and will continue to do so for many years to come. John Gardner was almost as famous as a teacher of creative writing as he was for his own works. In this practical, instructive handbook, based on the courses and seminars that he gave, he explains, simply and cogently, the principles and techniques of good writing. Gardner’s lessons, exemplified with detailed excerpts from classic works of literature, sweep across a complete range of topics—from the nature of aesthetics to the shape of a refined sentence. Written with passion, precision, and a deep respect for the art of writing, Gardner’s book serves by turns as a critic, mentor, and friend. Anyone who has ever thought of taking the step from reader to writer should begin here. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Writing Fiction Tenth Edition

This book is a master class in creative writing that also calls on us to renew our love of storytelling and celebrate the skill of writing well.

Author: Janet Burroway

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226616728

Category: Reference

Page: 240

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More than 250,000 copies sold! A creative writer’s shelf should hold at least three essential books: a dictionary, a style guide, and Writing Fiction. Janet Burroway’s best-selling classic is the most widely used creative writing text in America, and for more than three decades it has helped hundreds of thousands of students learn the craft. Now in its tenth edition, Writing Fiction is more accessible than ever for writers of all levels—inside or outside the classroom. This new edition continues to provide advice that is practical, comprehensive, and flexible. Burroway’s tone is personal and nonprescriptive, welcoming learning writers into the community of practiced storytellers. Moving from freewriting to final revision, the book addresses “showing not telling,” characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, plot, imagery, and point of view. It includes new topics and writing prompts, and each chapter now ends with a list of recommended readings that exemplify the craft elements discussed, allowing for further study. And the examples and quotations throughout the book feature a wide and diverse range of today’s best and best-known creators of both novels and short stories. This book is a master class in creative writing that also calls on us to renew our love of storytelling and celebrate the skill of writing well. There is a very good chance that one of your favorite authors learned the craft with Writing Fiction. And who knows what future favorite will get her start reading this edition?

Writing Fiction

The book also discusses key issues including writing workshops, using autobiography as a basis for fiction, using action in stories, using dialogue, and maintaining point of view.

Author: Janet Burroway

Publisher: Little Brown

ISBN: UCSC:32106010756663

Category: Creative writing

Page: 396

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The most widely used and respected book on writing fiction, Writing Fiction guides the writer from first inspiration to final revision. Supported by an abundance exercises, this guide/anthology explores and integrates the elements of fiction while offering practical techniques and concrete examples. A focus on the writing process in its entirety provides a comprehensive guide to writing fiction, approaching distinct elements in separate chapters while building on what has been covered earlier. Topics include free-writing to revision, plot, style, characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, imagery, and point of view. An anthology of diverse and contemporary short stories followed by suggestions for discussion and writing exercises, illustrates concepts while offering variety in pacing and exposure to this increasingly popular form. The book also discusses key issues including writing workshops, using autobiography as a basis for fiction, using action in stories, using dialogue, and maintaining point of view. The sixth edition also features more short short stories than any previous edition and includes quotation boxes that offer advice and inspirational words from established writers on a wide range of topics--such as writing from experience, story structure, openings and endings, and revision. For those interested in developing their creative writing skills.

Elements of Fiction Writing Characters Viewpoint

performing our stories, writing them out in our most effective prose, we also invent
new details or motivations, discover new relationships among ... Effective
characterization requires careful attention at every stage in the writing of fiction.

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

The Science of Science fiction Writing

Robert A. Heinlein preceded his 1947 essay “On the Writing of Speculative
Fiction” with the following epigraph from Rudyard Kipling: There are nine-and-
sixty ways Of constructing tribal lays And every single one of them is right! And
then ...

Author: James E. Gunn

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781578860111

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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A fiction-writing text by a well-known sci-fi author, editor and professor.

The Writing Book

This book takes the reader through the process of writing fiction - Character - Voice - Dialogue - Description - Design - Revision - Submitting a manuscript.

Author: Kate Grenville

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 186448943X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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This book takes the reader through the process of writing fiction - Character - Voice - Dialogue - Description - Design - Revision - Submitting a manuscript.

Writing and Selling Poetry Fiction Articles Plays and Local History

When writing developed , stories were written and preserved for all time ; later ,
printing made stories accessible to everyone . Fiction writers can look back to the
legend of Scheherazade who saved her life by telling her husband stories in ...

Author: Marcia Muth

Publisher: Sunstone Press

ISBN: 086534048X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 96

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Tells how to find ideas, keep a notebook, revise one's work, prepare submissions, and join a writer's group, and describes the current marketplace

The Writing of East and Central Africa

Meja Mwangi ' s Novels Angus Calder There would probably be general
agreement that Meja Mwangi is the most ... graduates who form so high a
proportion of published East African writers , he had not pored over much African
fiction ...

Author: G. D. Killam

Publisher: East African Publishers

ISBN: 0435916718

Category: Africa, Central

Page: 274

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Three Genres

Chock full of expert advice and complete works as examples, this text is the ultimate guide for creative writers everywhere.

Author: Stephen Minot

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 0132197383

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 476

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Three Genres gives students a basic introduction to fiction/ literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama and helps them to develop their creative skills in each area. Each genre section is self-contained and includes complete works as examples along with helpful advice about how to draw on the variety of techniques they use. The style is informal, practical, and positive. Minot encourages student to draw on their own experiences and develop skills on their own.

Guide to Fiction Writing

Phyllis Whitney shares her novel-writing secrets.

Author: Phyllis A. Whitney

Publisher: Writer

ISBN: UOM:39015005730935

Category: Fiction

Page: 133

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Phyllis Whitney shares her novel-writing secrets.

The Art of Fiction

In writing dialogue, you must react on two or more premises. As Roark, you speak
from a certain premise; as Keating, you say something else. Your mind must
know the connection between certain abstractions and their concrete
expressions ...

Author: Ayn Rand

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101137239

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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In 1958, Ayn Rand, already the world-famous author of such bestselling books as Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, gave a private series of extemporaneous lectures in her own living room on the art of fiction. Tore Boeckmann and Leonard Peikoff for the first time now bring readers the edited transcript of these exciting personal statements. The Art of Fiction offers invaluable lessons, in which Rand analyzes the four essential elements of fiction: theme, plot, characterization, and style. She demonstrates her ideas by dissecting her best-known works, as well as those of other famous authors, such as Thomas Wolfe, Sinclair Lewis, and Victor Hugo. An historic accomplishment, this compendium will be a unique and fascinating resource for both writers and readers of fiction.

Five Analogies for Fiction Writing

De Nova Villa was right and the novelist, charged with bringing the art of alchemy
to the writing of fiction, is wisenot onlyto deal inlogic but to develop a great love
for it, a passionate engagement with cause and effect, with change, and an ...

Author: Sam North

Publisher: Gylphi Limited

ISBN: 9781780240084

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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Five Analogies for Fiction Writing is a new and invaluable book for writers seeking to move beyond the initial stages of writing to the completion of stories and novels. It contains eighteen writing exercises and is ideal for creative writing courses, as well as writers working independently. Contents Introduction, 1. The Burn, 2. The Alchemist, 3. The Invasion, 4. The Donkey's Head, 5. The Constant Gardener, Appendix: Carol Shields and The Stone Diaries, Works Cited, Some Further Reading, Writing Exercises, Index.

Writing Popular Fiction

Aspiring novelists are given advice on writing polishing, and marketing mysteries, suspense tales, Westerns, science fiction, and romances

Author: Dean Ray Koontz

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 0911654216

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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Aspiring novelists are given advice on writing polishing, and marketing mysteries, suspense tales, Westerns, science fiction, and romances

Writing Fiction

Henry James, 'The Art of Fiction', Longman's Magazine As fiction writers we tell
stories. We plunge our readers into imaginary worlds, enthral them with invented
lives, tantalise them with made-up events. This is the power and pleasure of ...

Author: Amanda Boulter

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9780230207479

Category: Reference

Page: 224

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Exploring writing as a practice, Boulter draws from the work of writers and theorists to show how cultural and literary debates can help writers enhance their own fiction. Negotiating the creative-critical crossover, this is an approachable book that helps students develop practical writing skills and a critical awareness of creative possibilities.