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Making Shapely Fiction
     

Making Shapely Fiction

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by Jerome Stern
 

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A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction—what makes it work and what can make it fail.

Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page—whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles

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A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction—what makes it work and what can make it fail.

Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page—whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles of momentum, tension, and immediacy. "Tension," Stern says, "is the mother of fiction. When tension and immediacy combine, the story begins." Dialogue and action, beginnings and endings, the true meaning of "write what you know," and a memorable listing of don'ts for fiction writers are all covered. A special section features an Alphabet for Writers: entries range from Accuracy to Zigzag, with enlightening comments about such matters as Cliffhangers, Point of View, Irony, and Transitions.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“Useful on the most practical level.... [Stern] plunges his readers into the middle of things.”
Booklist
“Offers a raft of examples that explain the techniques used by novelists from Flaubert to Updike—an eminently helpful and engaging writer's guide.”
Jesse Lee Kercheval
“A complete original. The warm, witty, wise voice draws you in, and you leave the book wanting to write—and knowing how.”
Ron Carlson
“Jerome Stern has done us all a favor with this canny little book. If you are interested in writing, ;'read it now'. This is an expert writer and teacher sending his notes from the trenches. Never has caution been so exhilarating, advice so wry. I will use this book.”
Bob Shacochis
“Clarifies the mumbo-jumbo. For serious students of fiction, Jerome Stern is the Alpha crow. Follow him and shave the miles off your flying time.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393077698
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/11/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,285,498
File size:
666 KB

Meet the Author

Jerome Stern, a professor of English and popular culture, is the author of an acclaimed book on writing, Making Shapely Fiction. His incisive monologues are regularly heard on National Public Radio.

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Making Shapely Fiction 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Mr_Eternal More than 1 year ago
Making Shapely Fiction is an informative and well written lesson book. If you want to learn the basics about writing fiction, this book is a perfect place to start. Stern is a writer who knows how to keep things interesting and informative at the same time. His examples are short and he gets to the point quickly, which is good given there are many lessons throughout the book. While Stern seems to have made his own vocabulary, the definitions are what is most important. Sometimes Stern stresses unimportant points and ignores points that seem very interesting, but overall he does a good job at getting across good information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a writer and a teacher of creative writing at the college level. I have found this book an invaluable, witty, and well organized guide. Because I tend to reject prescriptive or overly new-agey approaches to the craft of writing, this book's literate and clear-eyed approach worked excellently for me. My students loved it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read many books on writing and this is easily the most helpful. Clear, concise, well-organized and witty.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
Of all the books I've read on how to write, and there have been many, this is easily one of the most helpful. It is clear, concise, well-organized and very easy to understand. It has helped me tremendously and I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Order arrived promptly and in great condition, but I haven't actually started reading the stories yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Velasquez More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this Nook and it doesn't work. Tried on Android, Mac and PC.