What if?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers / Edition 1

What if?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers / Edition 1

by Anne Bernays, Pamela Painter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0673990028

ISBN-13: 9780673990020

Pub. Date: 01/07/1997

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

An essential to any writer's library, What If? is comprised entirely of specific exercises intended to help the reader master the art of writing fiction.The exercises isolate the various elements of fiction - dialogue, plot, characterization, point- of-view, etc. - and present specific problems to solve through writing.Directed toward both beginners

Overview

An essential to any writer's library, What If? is comprised entirely of specific exercises intended to help the reader master the art of writing fiction.The exercises isolate the various elements of fiction - dialogue, plot, characterization, point- of-view, etc. - and present specific problems to solve through writing.Directed toward both beginners and professional writers, this book addresses topics such as discovering where to start and end a story; learning when to use dialogue and when to use indirect discourse; transforming real events into fiction; and finding language that both sings and communicates precisely.For those interested in writing fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780673990020
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/07/1997
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

I. BEGINNINGS.

II. NOTEBOOKS, JOURNALS, AND MEMORY.

III. CHARACTERIZATION.

IV. PERSPECTIVE, DISTANCE, AND POINT OF VIEW.

V. DIALOGUE.

VI. PLOT.

VII. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE.

VIII. A WRITER'S TOOLS.

IX. INVENTION AND TRANSFORMATION.

X. STORY ELEMENTS AND FORMS AS A GIVEN.

XI. REVISION: REWRITING IS WRITING.

XII. GAMES.

XIII. LEARNING FROM THE GREATS.

XIV. A COLLECTION OF SHORT FICTION.

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