Making Shapely Fiction

Author: Jerome Stern

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393077691

Category: Reference

Page: 288

View: 1863

A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction—what makes it work and what can make it fail. Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page—whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles of momentum, tension, and immediacy. "Tension," Stern says, "is the mother of fiction. When tension and immediacy combine, the story begins." Dialogue and action, beginnings and endings, the true meaning of "write what you know," and a memorable listing of don'ts for fiction writers are all covered. A special section features an Alphabet for Writers: entries range from Accuracy to Zigzag, with enlightening comments about such matters as Cliffhangers, Point of View, Irony, and Transitions.

Writing Fiction, Tenth Edition

A Guide to Narrative Craft

Author: Janet Burroway,Elizabeth Stuckey-French,Ned Stuckey-French

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022661672X

Category: Reference

Page: 240

View: 4450

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?

Building Fiction

How to Develop Plot and Structure

Author: Jesse Lee Kercheval

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299187248

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 198

View: 5789

No one looks at structure like Jesse Lee Kercheval. She builds a work of fiction just as an architect would design a house—with an eye for details and how all parts of a story or novel interconnect. Even with the most dynamic language, images, and characters, no piece of fiction will work without a strong infrastructure. Kercheval shows how to build that structure using such tools as point of view, characterization, pacing, and flashbacks.Building Fiction will help you envision the landscape of your fiction and build great stories there.

The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction

Author: John Dufresne

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393078353

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 1265

"This is the most practical, hard-nosed, generous, direct, and useful guide to writing fiction." —Brad Watson Finally, a truly creative—and hilarious—guide to creative writing, full of encouragement and sound advice. Provocative and reassuring, nurturing and wise, The Lie That Tells a Truth is essential to writers in general, fiction writers in particular, beginning writers, serious writers, and anyone facing a blank page. John Dufresne, teacher and the acclaimed author of Love Warps the Mind a Little and Deep in the Shade of Paradise, demystifies the writing process. Drawing upon the wisdom of literature's great craftsmen, Dufresne's lucid essays and diverse exercises initiate the reader into the tools, processes, and techniques of writing: inventing compelling characters, developing a voice, creating a sense of place, editing your own words. Where do great ideas come from? How do we recognize them? How can language capture them? In his signature comic voice, Dufresne answers these questions and more in chapters such as "Writing Around the Block," "Plottery," and "The Art of Abbreviation." Dufresne demystifies the writing process, showing that while the idea of writing may be overwhelming, the act of writing is simplicity itself.

Writing the Short Film

Author: Patricia Cooper,Ken Dancyger

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 113604857X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

View: 8302

The short film is a unique narrative art form that, while lending itself to experimentation, requires tremendous discipline in following traditional filmic considerations. This book takes the student and novice screenwriter through the storytelling process- from conception, to visualization, to dramatization, to characterization and dialogue- and teaches them how to create a dramatic narrative that is at once short (approximately half an hour in length) and complete. Exercises, new examples of short screenplays, and an examination of various genres round out the discussion. NEW TO THE THIRD EDITION: new screenplays, a chapter on rewriting your script, and a chapter on the future of short films

Preaching That Connects

Using Techniques of Journalists to Add Impact

Author: Mark Galli

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310832845

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 4908

Master the craft of effective communication that grabs attention and wins hearts.Like everyone else, preachers long to be understood. Unfortunately, the rules first learned in seminary, if misapplied, can quickly turn homiletic precision into listener boredom.To capture heart and mind, Mark Galli and Craig Larsen suggest preachers turn to the lessons of journalism. In Preaching That Connects, they show how the same keys used to create effective, captivating communication in the media can transform a sermon.Amply illustrated from some of today’s best preachers, Preaching That Connects walks through the entire sermon, from the critical introduction to the bridge to illustrations and final application. Key points include the five techniques for generating creative ideas, your six options for illustrations, and the ten rules for great storytelling—and why the transition sentence is the hardest sentence you’ll write.Preaching That Connects is for all who seek to hone their craft to communicate the truth of the gospel effectively.

Deepening Fiction

A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers

Author: Sarah Stone,Ron Nyren

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780321195371

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 431

View: 5309

A section on the writing life includes candid discussions of writer's block, talent, habit, rejection, publication, and endurance to help aspiring professionals develop sustainable lives as writers."--Jacket.

Writing a Book That Makes a Difference

Author: Philip Gerard

Publisher: Story Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: 256

View: 8484

This book show how by distilling out the elusive ingredients that make a work memorable, one that changes lives.

Writing fiction

a guide to narrative craft

Author: Janet Burroway

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

ISBN: 9780321026897

Category: Art

Page: 384

View: 1115

This comprehensive, informal, practical guide/anthology approaches the elements of fiction from the writer's point of view. Writing Fiction, 5/e, includes freewriting to revision, addressing how writers must work through problems in plot, style, characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, imagery, and point of view to write exciting and fresh stories. The tone of this market-leading text is non-prescriptive and personal, helping students feel comfortable with themselves and their writing.

Where the Stories Come from

Beginning to Write Fiction

Author: Sibyl Johnston

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780321078995

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 517

View: 4697

Where the Stories Come From defines basic terms in creative writing and explains the fundamentals of character, plot, point of view, verb tense, narrative structure, setting, dialogue, subtext, and theme. Thinking Things Through: Ask Yourself, Ask Readers, Try This, Exploration, and Exercises: Located at the end of every chapter, this section applies and explores chapter material by suggesting questions for self and peer evaluation and suggests activities and exercises related to the chapter topic. Devoted specifically to the writing process, Chapters One, Two, and Ten guide readers through each phase of writing. Chapter Eleven discusses how to elicit a helpful reading. An Anthology of Professional and Student Fiction contains every story quoted from in the text. Includes very simple definitions of fundamental terms used in creative writing courses. Use of quotations marks, end punctuation, attribution, and paragraphing is explained and illustrated simply and thoroughly. Appendix: Surviving on Your Own, particularly useful for individual writers and writers' groups, offers ideas about writing outside the formal educational system. For anyone interested in writing fiction.

Keywords in Creative Writing

Author: Wendy Bishop,David Starkey

Publisher: Utah State University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 235

View: 7512

Wendy Bishop and David Starkey have created a remarkable resource volume for creative writing students and other writers just getting started. In two- to ten-page discussions, these authors introduce forty-one central concepts in the fields of creative writing and writing instruction, with discussions that are accessible yet grounded in scholarship and years of experience. Keywords in Creative Writing provides a brief but comprehensive introduction to the field of creative writing through its landmark terms, exploring concerns as abstract as postmodernism and identity politics alongside very practical interests of beginning writers, like contests, agents, and royalties. This approach makes the book ideal for the college classroom as well as the writer’s bookshelf, and unique in the field, combining the pragmatic accessibility of popular writer’s handbooks, with a wider, more scholarly vision of theory and research.

Writing on the Edge

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English language

Page: N.A

View: 6677

Memory

Past and Future

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Memory

Page: 84

View: 3440

The English Teacher's Companion

A Complete Guide to Classroom, Curriculum, and the Profession

Author: Jim Burke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780325005386

Category: Education

Page: 466

View: 479

This book covers the entire English curriculum, from basic reading and writing to digital literacy, media literacy, and integrated instruction.

Poets & Writers

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Authors, American

Page: N.A

View: 1123

Cumulative Book Index

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Micro Fiction

An Anthology of Really Short Stories

Author: Jerome H. Stern

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393314328

Category: Fiction

Page: 141

View: 6164

Offers a collection of winners and selected finalists from the World's Best Short Short Story Contest

Bevor du mich findest

Thriller

Author: Michael Kardos

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3732540251

Category: Fiction

Page: 399

View: 4843

Melanie war noch nie auf einer Party, ist noch nie geflogen, hat noch nie das Meer gesehen. Als sie drei Jahre alt war, ermordete ihr Vater ihre Mutter und wurde bis heute nicht gefasst. Seitdem lebt sie im Zeugenschutzprogramm, von der Außenwelt isoliert und immer in der Angst, dass er sie aufspürt. Doch sie will so nicht mehr leben. Um endlich frei zu sein, fasst sie einen gefährlichen Entschluss: Wenn ihr Vater sie nicht findet, dann muss sie ihn eben zuerst finden ...