Jack Smith has an MA in English (creative writing concentration); and a Ph.D. in English (American literature). He writes fiction regularly and has sold to the North American Review, Texas Review, Southern Review, Night Train, X-Connect, In Posse Review, and others. His novel, Hog to Hog, won the George Garrett Fiction Prize and was published by Texas Review Press in 2008. His nonfiction includes twenty articles for Novel & Short Story Writer's Market. He's also written a dozen pieces for The Writer and has been published numerous reviews in such magazines as Ploughshares, Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, American Book Review, Pleiades, Texas Review, Mid-American Review, Iowa Review, and Environment magazine. In addition to writing, he has served for more than twenty years as Fiction Editor at The Green Hills Literary Lantern, a literary journal published by Truman State University.
Write and Revise for Publication: A 6-Month Plan for Crafting an Exceptional Novel and Other Works of Fictionby Jack Smith
Writers need a structured approach to writing fiction, one that includes effective strategies for both drafting and revision/fine-tuning. A structured approach builds a writer's confidence and provides an efficient process in terms of producing submission-ready work. It's best to get that first draft out there, not worry a lot about how well it's going, and then… See more details below
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Writers need a structured approach to writing fiction, one that includes effective strategies for both drafting and revision/fine-tuning. A structured approach builds a writer's confidence and provides an efficient process in terms of producing submission-ready work. It's best to get that first draft out there, not worry a lot about how well it's going, and then let it cool a little before getting into the heat of revision and fine-tuning.
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Jack Smith has really nailed it with this one! Write and Revise is an excellent resource for writers of all levels... as a creative writing professor, I can easily imagine using this text in the classroom. He begins with a succinct overview of the "production stage" and briefly describes the primary elements and techniques of fiction, including clear descriptions and tips for developing characters, choosing the best point of view, establishing conflict, managing plot and structure, and developing setting, style, tone and mood. The majority of the book, however, focuses on the revision process, one of the most crucial steps to crafting successful fiction. As he notes, "Solid revision transforms unfinished work by giving it levels or depths it didn't have before, smoothing it out, and producing a polished product." The remaining chapters are categorized by the element of fiction one may need to concentrate on during the revision stage, including openings and endings, developing themes, and fine tuning your manuscript. This book is concise but comprehensive, making it an excellent addition to any writers' shelf. I'm looking forward to using it in the classroom and for my own personal revision projects.