Building Fiction / Edition 1

Building Fiction / Edition 1

by Jesse Lee Kercheval
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299187248
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Jesse Lee Kercheval is the Sally Meade Hands Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she directs the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and codirects the Program in Creative Writing. Her memoir, Space, won the Alex Award from the American Library Association. She is also the author of a novel, The Museum of Happiness; two collections of poems, Dog Angel and World as Dictionary; and a story collection, The Dogeater, which won the Associated Writing Programs Award in Short Fiction.

Table of Contents

Introduction1
The Elements of Structure
1Sources for Fiction5
2Openings in Fiction12
3Third-Person Point of View22
4First- and Second-Person Points of View44
5Constructing Characters62
6Conflict in Fiction82
7Continuing Conflict95
8Endings in Fiction111
9Revision130
Forms and Structures
10Novel vs. Short Story145
11Short Shorts, Novellas, Novels-in-Stories160
12Experimental Fiction176
Index191

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