Jane Vandenburgh, a novelist, teacher, and journalist, is the author of two novels, Failure to Zigzag and The Physics of Sunset, and a memoir, A Pocket History of Sex in the Twentieth Century. She lives in Point Richmond, California.
Architecture of the Novel: A Writer's Handbookby Jane Vandenburgh, Anne Lamott
Architecture of the Novel is an ambitious blueprint for writers, one that reveals the underlying machinery that propels a plot that is/em>
Jane Vandenburgh, the author of two highly acclaimed novels and a recent memoir, offers aspiring writers the tools to create powerful and unique novels filled not only with good writing but also dynamic storytelling.
Architecture of the Novel is an ambitious blueprint for writers, one that reveals the underlying machinery that propels a plot that is dynamic, coherent, and interesting.
Architecture of the Novel derives from the many years Vandenburgh has spent teaching the craft of fiction writing. Her method points to the elemental nature of narrative: A story consists of its events, which are told in scenes. These scenes naturally place themselves along the arc of the story in an order that provides suspense and mystery, drawing characters toward the inevitability of their fictive destinies.
Profoundly practical yet encouraging to writers at all levels, Architecture of the Novel offers the maps and mechanics to successfully guide writers toward the story that must be told.
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I can't put my finger on what I found difficult about this book. The author's enthusiasm, her knowledge and her excellent insights into writing a novel weren't enough to keep me reading until the end. I started this book three times...and each time I couldn't plough my way through more than 40% of it. This is one of those books that just doesn't "talk" to me, but I think others may find it useful.