Danger on the Page: A Fiction Writer's Guide to Sex, Violence, Dead Narrators, and Other Challenges

Danger on the Page: A Fiction Writer's Guide to Sex, Violence, Dead Narrators, and Other Challenges

by Brian Shawver

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Danger on the Page: A Fiction Writer's Guide to Sex, Violence, Dead Narrators, and Other Challenges by Brian Shawver

Although fiction writers must concern themselves with “big picture” issues such as plot, theme, and character development, much of the day-to-day work of writing involves finding answers to seemingly minor questions: How should I describe the exterior of a house? How can I construct the voice of a historical narrator with authenticity? How should I depict a physically atypical character? Few books on the market address the problems and opportunities present in these and other questions, yet they are the ones that most writers grapple with on a daily basis.

Danger on the Page: A Fiction Writer’s Guide to Sex, Violence, Dead Narrators, and Other Challenges identifies and explores some of the more common and intractable situational challenges of fiction writing, with chapters grouped into the general subject areas such as scenes, characters, points of view, and settings. Shawver delves into the pitfalls and opportunities of writing about sex, violence, sports, and love; he examines writing from the perspective of a different race, gender, or species; he interrogates conventional beliefs about the use of brand names, the description of architecture, and the portrayal of nature. Throughout, he gives dozens of examples from both literary and commercial fiction so readers can borrow (or reject) other writers’ techniques and explore the myriad challenges of fiction writing on their own.

A lively and witty approach to a diverse range of specific writing issues, Shawver’s book will appeal especially to intermediate-level writers seeking to bring their craft to the next level.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611687507
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 03/22/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 755 KB

About the Author

BRIAN SHAWVER is the author of two novels, Aftermath and The Cuban Prospect, and of The Language of Fiction: A Writer’s Stylebook. He is associate professor of English at Park University, in Kansas City.

Table of Contents

Introduction
PART ONE: SCENES
The Language of Sex
The Imagery of Violence
The Significance of Sports
Love, Endless and Otherwise
PART TWO: CHARACTERS
What Do These People Look Like? Part One
An Interlude on Abnormality
What Do These People Look Like? Part Two
PART THREE: POINTS OF VIEW
First-Person Imitations: Race, Gender, and Class
First-Person Imitations: Children, Animals, and the Otherworldly
Surprise!
The Language of the Past
PART FOUR: SETTINGS
Descriptions of Nature (The Parts Readers Tend to Skip)
Houses
Brands and Products
Epilogue

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