Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course / Edition 1

Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course / Edition 1

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by Jerry Cleaver
     
 

ISBN-10: 031228716X

ISBN-13: 9780312287160

Pub. Date: 02/13/2002

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

From the legendary creator of the " Writers' Loft in Chicago comes a writing course for those who want to see results now. Immediate Fiction covers the entire process of writing including manuscript preparation, time management, finding an idea, getting words on a page, staying unblocked, and submitting to agents and publishers.

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From the legendary creator of the " Writers' Loft in Chicago comes a writing course for those who want to see results now. Immediate Fiction covers the entire process of writing including manuscript preparation, time management, finding an idea, getting words on a page, staying unblocked, and submitting to agents and publishers.

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ISBN-13:
9780312287160
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/13/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.12(d)

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Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're a writer, you must have this book. It will save you valuable time trying to learn technique on your own. I used it, and have finished my first novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a perfectionist who refuses to write one word on paper until I feel I have a true, competent understanding of the process, I picked up yet one more book, 'Immediate Fiction.' This is a book written in laymen's terms without the author speaking down to me. I found myself slapping my forehead, thinking how much time, energy and frustration I could have foregone had I found this book earlier on in my writing career. Thanks, Jerry!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book that I would recommend to all prospective writers, both fiction and nonfiction. The author presents his material in a straightforward and entertaining manner. Cleaver¿s message can be distilled into the following steps: a character wants something, faces obstacles to achieving this want, takes action to overcome these obstacles, and eventually resolves the situation and achieves his or her want. According to Cleaver, a storyteller who can present a story in terms of want+action+resolution, combined with emotion and showing techniques, is sure to get published. This book helped me the most by describing how many writers become stifled in their creativity because they are confusing when to let the writing flow, and when to edit. In a first draft, Cleaver claims the writer should be in flow mode. Edit mode comes only after the first draft is on paper. Using his suggestions, I wrote my first children¿s book: Abby and the Bicycle Caper, currently available on BN, and am nearly finished with the first draft of my second book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been taking Jerry's classes on and off for over 4 years now and it is simply the best. The man is clearly gifted and has a proven formula that any aspiring writer can relate to. I love it!! This book is the bible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book on writing that I should have gotten. In fact I should have gotten this book before going to college for creative writing. To be a better writer is to write a lot, but to save yourself years of mistakes is to READ THIS BOOK. Cleaver left out all of the flowering and only added the useful stuff. I started reading this book like I did all of the other writing manuals, with a careful eye in catching something new, and with a highlighter ready to mark it up. But what happened was after the first chapter, I found that I was marking large blocks on almost every page. "Forget the highlighter, just leave the darn thing on the shelf next to the bible, the Thesaurus, Strunk & White and the dictionary."
Guest More than 1 year ago
The great thing about this book is it tells you how to write fiction. I have been doing this for a while but it was only after I read Imediate Fiction that I learned what I am doing. No more fiddling around. Imediate Fiction talks about what a plot is, action and oppostition to that action. The book also tells you what to do when rewrting. How do you know when you have finished rewriting
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have taken this course at Jerry Cleaver's loft in Chicago and found it to be the most specific and useful workshop I have ever taken...I am an 'intermediate' level writer and needed something that offered structure and more depth than the usual creative writing class. I have taken writing classes at Newberry Library in Chicago and at the University of Iowa's Summer Festival among others and although I learned a great deal from them nothing compares to Jerry's approach. Give this book a try; I can't imagine any writer at any level not learning something from this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book cuts right to the heart of it. I've read a lot of how to books on writing, but this is the only one that makes it crystal clear. I believe I can write my novel now. If I can't, it will be my fault.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been writing all my life and I find Jerry Cleaver's Immediate Fiction the only book I would put next to Dorothea Brande's classic Becoming a Writer. Jerry helps you distinguish who is really telling the story -the author or the character. His advice of applying - want, obstacle, action - to each page of the story takes the drudgery out of putting the words on the page. Jerry gives writers ideas about finding time to write, getting more organized to write, and completing projects. I cannot recommend Jerry's book enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I appreciated this book far more than any other book I have yet to read about the mysterious art of fiction writing, and I have read aplenty. This author's advice and instruction are extremely practical. He explains in no uncertain terms how to do everything from motivate yourself to get started, to bringing your novel to completion, and all things in between. If you are serious about becoming a writer, you need to get this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel like I have been all around the world in search of a good book on writing. And now I have found a great one! I have been writing badly (although prolifically) for more than a decade. I have been working with many, many misconceptions. I feel like this book has straightened me out by not being vague, and by outlining a very specific strategy designed to make the reader genuinely productive. Oh, I making little sense I am afraid. Do you get that same feeling? Just read the book. Mr. Cleaver writes far better than I, (but he has given me new hope).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally -- someone who understands what makes a story work, and can explain it clearly! I've read dozens of writing books and taken graduate level classes from some very famous writers, and this book has more practical advice than all of them put together. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It will make your writing life and anything you write better.