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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.
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
Posted April 7, 2001
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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