Fiction Writer's Workshop (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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Master the Elements of the Writing Workshop

The great paradox of the writing life is that to be a good writer, you must be both interested in the world around you and comfortable working in solitude for hours on end. Fiction Writer's Workshop, Second Edition, is designed to help you foster a strong sense of independence—of being and thinking on your own, of becoming self-evaluative without being self-critical—in order to accomplish what others ...

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Overview

Master the Elements of the Writing Workshop

The great paradox of the writing life is that to be a good writer, you must be both interested in the world around you and comfortable working in solitude for hours on end. Fiction Writer's Workshop, Second Edition, is designed to help you foster a strong sense of independence—of being and thinking on your own, of becoming self-evaluative without being self-critical—in order to accomplish what others seek in classroom groups.

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, such as:

  • 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599637235
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 6/27/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 514,604
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Josip Novakovich is the author of a novel (April Fool's Day, HarperCollins), three story collections (Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust, Yolk and Salvation and Other Disasters), two collections of narrative essays (Plum Brandy: Croatian Journeys and Apricots from Chernobyl), and was anthologized in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize, and O. Henry Prize Stories. He has received the Whiting Writer's Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2001

    Private Bookshelf Tutor!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Lots of Help

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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