Writing Fiction Tenth 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?
Categories: Reference

Writing Fiction For Dummies

Writing Fiction For Dummies

Here are some things you’ll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies: Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; ...

Author: Randy Ingermanson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470585238

Category: Education

Page: 384

View: 921

A complete guide to writing and selling your novel So you want to write a novel? Great! That’s a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don’t settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty-earning author. Here are some things you’ll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies: Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; choose from among the four most common creative styles; and learn the self-management methods of professional writers. Writing Powerful Fiction: Construct a story world that rings true; create believable, unpredictable characters; build a strong plot with all six layers of complexity of a modern novel; and infuse it all with a strong theme. Self-Editing Your Novel: Psychoanalyze your characters to bring them fully to life; edit your story structure from the top down; fix broken scenes; and polish your action and dialogue. Finding An Agent and Getting Published: Write a query letter, a synopsis, and a proposal; pitch your work to agents and editors without fear. Writing Fiction For Dummies takes you from being a writer to being an author. It can happen—if you have the talent and persistence to do what you need to do.
Categories: Education

Writing Genre Fiction

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

View: 863

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.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing Fiction

Writing Fiction

'Writing Fiction' guides the writer from first inspiration to final revision. Supported by an abundance exercises, this book explores and integrates the elements of fiction while offering practical techniques and concrete examples.

Author: Janet Burroway

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

ISBN: PSU:000053709035

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

View: 484

'Writing Fiction' guides the writer from first inspiration to final revision. Supported by an abundance exercises, this book 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 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.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The ABC s of Writing Fiction

The ABC s of Writing Fiction

Brief, focused lessons arranged in alphabetical order offer advice, exercises, insight and examples for fiction writers

Author: Ann Copeland

Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Story Press

ISBN: UOM:39015037484006

Category: Reference

Page: 246

View: 603

Brief, focused lessons arranged in alphabetical order offer advice, exercises, insight and examples for fiction writers
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From where You Dream

From where You Dream

A direct view into the mind and craft of a literary master is offered in a collection of edited transcripts of the author's thought-provoking lectures that reimagine the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual. Reprint.

Author: Robert Olen Butler

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 0802142575

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 269

View: 240

A direct view into the mind and craft of a literary master is offered in a collection of edited transcripts of the author's thought-provoking lectures that reimagine the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual. Reprint.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing Fiction Workbook

Writing Fiction Workbook

After travelling and teaching English as a Foreign Language for several years in
Japan and Russia, she went on to take an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
at the University of East Anglia in the UK. She subsequently taught at the ...

Author: Lisa Selvidge

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781847282507

Category: Education

Page: 128

View: 453

This concise and practical writing fiction workbook, loosely based on an online course in prose fiction written for Continuing Education at the University of East Anglia, can serve as both a coursebook and a workbook. As well as many exercises and tips for beginning writers, the book leads you on a journey through writing. At the end of which, you will, hopefully, have written a short story â and much much more. âÂÂThis workbook provided me with all the necessary tools to start, shape and finish my first short story. User-friendly, practical and stimulating it is a vital asset for those who are starting to write.â Evangelia Avloniti
Categories: Education

Writing Fiction

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

View: 796

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.
Categories: Reference

Writing Fiction

Writing Fiction

DN: Interestingly the way you describe the writing of Pig, it is like a processof
procrastination orputting off.You're writing other thingsinstead ofwriting what you
are supposed tobewriting. AC: With Pigtherewas an awful lot of work avoidance,
 ...

Author: Linda Anderson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135035693

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 622

Writing Fiction offers the novice writer engaging and creative activities, making use of insightful, relevant readings from well-known authors to illustrate the techniques presented. This volume makes use of new versions of key chapters from the recent Routledge/Open University textbook Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings for writers who are specializing in fiction. Using their experience and expertise as teachers as well as authors, Linda Anderson and Derek Neale guide aspiring writers through such key aspects of writing as: how to stimulate creativity keeping a writer’s notebook character creation setting point of view structure showing and telling. The volume is further updated to include never-before published interviews with successful fiction writers Andrew Cowan, Stevie Davies, Maggie Gee, Andrew Greig, and Hanif Kureishi. Concise and practical, Writing Fiction offers an inspirational guide to the methods and techniques of authorship and is a must-read for aspiring writers.
Categories: Education

Writing Fiction and Poetry

Writing Fiction and Poetry

Essays by Twelve North Carolina Writers Sally Sullivan. AN INTERVIEW WITH
TIM McLAURIN The ... I hardly ever read fiction now because I'm writing it, and I
don't want to be caught up in somebody else's fiction. But to find your own voice,
 ...

Author: Sally Sullivan

Publisher: Bitingduck Press LLC

ISBN: 9781886420083

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 170

View: 115

""Our meddling intellect misshapes the beauteous forms of things; we murder to dissect,"" Wordsworth cautioned at the dawning of a new age of science and technology. It is a caution that, in addition to applying to the study of art and nature, might also apply to our investigation of the creative process, which has engaged the meddling minds of many. ...the process involved in literary creation, in particular, has fascinated many ordinary people, as well as a great many psychologists and philosophers, from Plato on.... The variety of approach and style in "Writing Fiction and Poetry" extends also to gender and experience. The book contains essays and interviews of 12 internationally-known North Carolina writers. For an author bio and photo, reviews, and a reading sample, visit bosonbooks.com.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Picture Yourself Writing Fiction

Picture Yourself Writing Fiction

If photos like this inspire you, consider writing historical fiction. In historical fiction,
you use real-life details. To write historical fiction, you'll have to do some research
. Look for sources that have information about how people dressed, spoke, ...

Author: Sheila Griffin Llanas

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9781429661270

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 548

"Useful tips and writing prompts show young writers how to use images to inspire fiction writing"--Provided by publisher.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

British Women Writing Fiction

British Women Writing Fiction

In her interviews, Brookner clearly outlines her conscious lineage as a writer of
fiction. To answer John Haffenden's question about which nineteenth-century
writers she regards as “touchstones of truly great writing,” she lists Dickens (a
writer ...

Author: Abby H.P. Werlock

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817309817

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 330

View: 144

An informal, jargon-free introduction to the fiction of 16 contemporary writers either brought up or now living in England, from Muriel Spark to Jeanette Winterson. It seeks to present a balanced view of women's writing since the 1950s and 1960s, those who attracted critical attention during the 1970s and 1980s, and those who have burst upon the literary scene more recently, including Afro-Caribbean and African women. The essays show how each of these writers treats British subjects and themes, sometimes from radically different perspectives, and how those who are daughters of immigrants see themselves as women writing on the margins of society.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Start writing fiction

Start writing fiction

The Open University. A174_1 Start writing fiction About this free course This free
course provides a sample.

Author: The Open University

Publisher: The Open University

ISBN: 9781473000971

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 44

View: 583

In this 24-hour free course on how to start writing fiction the main focus was on the central skill of character creation.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Educating the Imagination Writing poetry Writing fiction Inventing language Bi lingual cross cultural Evaluation Reading First last A look back

Educating the Imagination  Writing poetry  Writing fiction  Inventing language  Bi lingual   cross cultural  Evaluation  Reading   First   last   A look back

In his description of the experience , Octavio Paz , the Mexican poet , writes about
feeling alternately ashamed and voyeuristic to be sharing such a private act as
writing with his fellow poets . He also writes about how the Japanese renga ...

Author: Christopher Edgar

Publisher: Teachers & Writers

ISBN: 0915924420

Category: Education

Page: 304

View: 737

This book contains 33 creative writers presenting ideas and techniques for exploring poetry writing, fiction writing, translation, practical aesthetics, creative reading and the imagination. Selected from the very best articles in Teachers & Writers Magazine over 17 years, this two volumes (sold separately) offers a comprehensive multitude of ideas and techniques for writing in the classroom
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American Women Writing Fiction

American Women Writing Fiction

Each essay in this collection is followed by bibliographies of works by and about the writer in question that will be invaluable resources for scholars and general readers alike.

Author: Mickey Pearlman

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813181615

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 860

American literature is no longer the refuge of the solitary hero. Like the society it mirrors, it is now a far richer, many-faceted explication of a complicated and diverse society -- racially, culturally, and ethnically interwoven and at the same time fractured and fractious. Ten women writing fiction in America today -- Toni Cade Bambara, Joan Didion, Louise Erdrich, Gail Godwin, Mary Gordon, Alison Lurie, Joyce Carol Oates, Jayne Anne Phillips, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, and Mary Lee Settle -- represent that geographic, ethnic, and racial diversity that is distinctively American. Their differing perspectives on literature and the American experience have produced Erdrich's stolid North Dakota plainswomen; Didion's sun-baked dreamers and screamers; the urban ethnics -- Irish, Jewish, and black -- of Gordon, Schaeffer, and Bambara; Oates's small-town, often violent, neurotics; Lurie's intellectual sophisticates; and the southern survivors and victims, male and female, of Phillips, Settle, and Godwin. The ten original essays in this collection focus on the traditional themes of identity, memory, family, and enclosure that pervade the fiction of these writers. The fictional women who emerge here, as these critics show, are often caught in the interwoven strands of memory, perceive literal and emotional space as entrapping, find identity elusive and frustrating, and experience the interweaving of silence, solitude, and family in complex patterns. Each essay in this collection is followed by bibliographies of works by and about the writer in question that will be invaluable resources for scholars and general readers alike. Here is a readable critical discussion of ten important contemporary novelists who have broadened the pages of American literature to reflect more clearly the people we are.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Lie That Tells a Truth A Guide to Writing Fiction

The Lie That Tells a Truth  A Guide to Writing Fiction

Write. z. It seems to me that one should only read books which bite and sting one.
If the book we are reading does not wake us ... Writing. fiction is a craft which
favors the diligent over the inspired. We are all and always apprentices at this
craft.

Author: John Dufresne

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393078350

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 553

"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.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing Fiction for Children

Writing Fiction for Children

novels seem to follow with plots more closely focused on individual growth and
coming - of - age themes . ... of Oz by L. Frank Baum is a straightforward story , an
American fantasy that illustrates many aspects of good writing for children .

Author: Judy K. Morris

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252026861

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 169

View: 204

Whether you're nurturing your first idea for a children's book or have a published book or two under your belt, Judy K. Morris will delight you, guide and inspire you, challenge and encourage you, and improve your chances of reaching the ultimate goal of every children's book author: your reader inside your story and your story inside your reader. A published author of both fiction and nonfiction for children, Morris draws on extensive experience teaching children how to write and teaching adults how to write for children. Here she combines concrete methods and step-by-step techniques with succinct rules of thumb: work at making your novel whole from the start; never underestimate the power of the plain truth; personality quirks are no substitute for character; doing a good job of writing usually means doing a good job of rewriting. Using judiciously chosen examples from successful children's literature, Writing Fiction for Children covers the building blocks of plot, characters, and setting and addresses common problems such as awkward plotting, oversimplifying, and taking a preachy or self-conscious tone. Pragmatic exercises stimulate writers to scour their experiences, sharpen their powers of observation, and capture the details, voice, and narrative energy that can bring stories vividly to life and keep readers submerged in make-believe. Loaded with practical advice and helpful exercises, Writing Fiction for Children is especially useful for anyone who aspires to write for children in the "middle ages" of eight to twelve. Children's books should be hopeful, thrilling, funny, interesting, touching, and a pleasure to read, Morris says. Above all, they must have something at stake that matters. While conceding that only the author can provide the spark of a story to tell, Morris offers invaluable guidance on the daily work of crafting, shaping, refining, revising, and publishing a children's novel.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Quick Guide to Writing Fiction

Quick Guide to Writing Fiction

If you want to be a fiction writer, though, you need an active imagination. So you
may have to practice turning it on ... In the writing business, we call this setting the
scene, and it's one of your most valuable tools. That is why many writers need a ...

Author: Mark Stepp

Publisher: Old American Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 66

View: 235

This book is intended for beginning novelists. It is not designed to be an all inclusive guide for accomplished authors. If you employ the methods described in these pages, you will be well on your way to becoming an experienced professional.
Categories: Education

Student Booster Writing Fiction Grades 4 8

Student Booster  Writing Fiction  Grades 4   8

On your own paper, write an interesting opening paragraph for this story. include
details you think are important. Save your paragraph, and continue with the
activity on the next page. Student Booster: Writing Fiction details are important: ...

Author: Cindy Barden

Publisher: Carson-Dellosa Publishing

ISBN: 9781580378819

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 878

Write on! Write with students in grades 4 and up using Student Booster: Writing Fiction. This 32-page book helps students create characters, settings, and plots; develop ideas; and write original fiction. Students practice brainstorming, writing and punctuating dialogue, and sequencing events. The book includes an end-of-book review and answer key.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Art of Writing Fiction

The Art of Writing Fiction

while ago in a charity shop I came across a scuffed little hardback called Writers
On Themselves, a collection of essays broadcast by the BBC Home Service in
the early 1960s by such literary luminaries as Rebecca West, Ted Hughes and ...

Author: Andrew Cowan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317861539

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 880

The Art of Writing Fiction guides the reader through the processes of creative writing from journal-keeping to editing, offering techniques for stimulating creativity and making language vivid. Readers will master key aspects of fiction such as structure, character, voice and setting. Andrew Cowan provides an insightful introduction that brings his own well-crafted prose style to bear on the processes and pleasures of writing fiction, offering practical and personal advice culled from his own experience and that of other published writers. He lays open to the reader his own notes, his writing, and the experiences from his own life that he has drawn on in his fiction allowing the reader to develop their own writing project alongside the author as they go through the book.
Categories: Literary Criticism