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In this comprehensive guide, award-winning ...
In this comprehensive guide, award-winning writer and teacher Josip Novakovich explores every aspect of the art of fiction and provides all the tools and techniques you'll need to develop day-to-day discipline as well as a personal writing style. Included are: More than 100 writing exercises, including dozens that are new to this edition, that challenge you to experiment with diverse writing styles, Specific statements of purpose for each exercise to help guide you and instruct you at every step of the creative process, Self-critique questions to help you assess your work and identify strengths and weaknesses before moving on to the next lesson, The full text of eight acclaimed short stories, with analysis and exercises, to provide models for your own writing and help reinforce the lessons you've learned. The practical, insightful methods offered in this workshop will clarify your voice, broaden your perspective, and strengthen your fiction.
|1||Sources of Fiction: Where and How to Find Material||5|
|2||Setting: Evoking a Vivid Sense of Place and Time||25|
|3||Character: Inventing Fictional People||48|
|4||Plot: Strategies of Organization and Structure||71|
|5||Point of View: Selecting the Best Viewpoint||99|
|6||Dialogue and Scene: Handling Dramatic Action||127|
|7||Beginnings and Endings: Options and Techniques for Opening and Closing||151|
|8||Description and Word Choice: Choosing Effective Details, Matters of Style||177|
|9||Voice: Finding the Narrative Voice, Creating the Voices of Characters||200|
|10||Revision: Transforming the First Draft into Finished, Polished Fiction||225|
Posted February 21, 2001
Fiction Writer's Workshop is absolutely an amazing book. It gives examples that help tremendously in understanding all the aspects of fiction writing. There are some great sections in this book! Fiction Writer's Workshop really IS a workshop. It goes through and shows you (with examples and exercises) how to create a real setting for your story, and how to fix a 'blah' setting. The book teaches you how to make a character feel alive to your readers, by giving them vivid qualities and emotions. Fiction Writer's Workshop helps you to create a distinctive plot, and even teaches you how to choose correct wording when you deal with dialogues. I'm very impressed with this work by Josip Novakovich. Even an experienced fiction writer would benefit from giving this book a thorough reading. It will get your creativity flowing, get you moving when you are at a block, and help you to improve your skills, or revise a manuscript.
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Posted February 21, 2010
I've read a lot of writing "how to" books and this is my favorite. The text and examples spur my imagination and make me want to sit down and write.
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