Take Your Characters To Dinner / Edition 1

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"Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense." In Mark Twain's time, as in ours, we accept reality as plausible. In writing, however, readers must be coaxed into accepting plots and characters as real. Take Your Characters to Dinner: Creating the Illusion of Reality in Fiction shows writers exactly how to do that. The book introduces the saucy, redheaded character Georgina, who is getting to know the characters in her novel. Along with Georgina, readers discover how to write compelling fiction. Each chapter of this book covers one aspect of fiction writing, using analysis, checklists, models, examples of humorous errors, and writing exercises. An extensive glossary is also provided.

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Editorial Reviews

Wisconsin Regional Writer
. . .this manual violates the unwritten rules that seem to govern the production of too many such books: It is coherent, the examples given are easily understood, and the information imparted has application in the real world and work of writing.
The Writer
In this informative and entertaining how-to book, readers meet Georgina, a fictional author struggling to discover the characters of her novel.
Annamarie Beckel
... an engaging exploration of the techniques of writing fiction. Yourke is serious about presenting writing techniques in a thorough and understandable way, which makes the book a valuable and thought-provoking resource for both the beginning writer and the veteran.
Jeremiah Healy
In 'Take Your Characters to Dinner,' Laurel Yourke doesn't just 'eat' with her fictional counterparts: she engages them in conversation, too, learning as she goes. As you will as well. In fact, this might be the most accessible book on writing that I've ever read, partly because Yourke empowers the aspiring author to embrace enthusiastically the 'eccentric' aspects of writing. 'Take Your Characters to Dinner' is simply a terrific and imaginative handbook on creating credible fiction.
Marshall J. Cook
This is a wonderful book...Yourke provides wonderful examples and makes distinctions I haven't seen anywhere else...Beginning and seasoned fiction writers alike can enter into this book...and emerge better writers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761816942
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 1,230,089
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurel A. Yourke is a faculty associate in the English Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Credibility: Manufacturing Reality Chapter 5 Characterization: As Many Dimensions as Reality Chapter 6 Dialogue: Simulating Conversational Reality Chapter 7 Plot Elements: Drafting Reality Chapter 8 Characters in Conflict: Reality in Action Chapter 9 Point of View: Versions of Reality Chapter 10 Setting: Scenic Reality Chapter 11 Details: Just Enough Reality Chapter 12 Texture: The Fabric of Reality Chapter 13 Revision: A Shapelier Reality Chapter 14 Connections: Accessible Reality Chapter 15 Voice: Writer versus Character Reality Chapter 16 Conclusion: The Writer's Reality Chapter 17 Glossary Chapter 18 Bibliography Chapter 19 Index Chapter 20 About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2001

    The best yet on the subject!

    I have read them all, I believe, when it comes to novelist's 'how-to's'...but this one truly stands alone. It is said that 'The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.' Laurel, in taking her characters to dinner, not only gets to their hearts, but, at times, their very souls. Bravo for a brilliant work, Ms. Yourke!

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