Your first draft is a work of imagination, but that doesn't mean it's a work of artnot yet. With Jack Smith's technical and inspirational guidance, you can turn your initial draft into a compelling story brimming with memorable characters and a page-turning plot.
As Jack states inside Write and Revise for Publication , writing is a complex act, one that calls upon all the powers of our creative resources, imagination, and intellect. Top-notch storytelling is not achieved the first time around, nor should it be expected so soon. But it is possible. Through Jack's detailed instruction and precise methods, you will learn the revision techniques and fine-tuning skills needed to create powerful, polished works ready to submit to magazines, agents, and publishers.
"As inspiring as it is practical...combines great advice, apt examples, and a can-do spirit that will excite and improve any aspiring writer." Ron Hansen, author of A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
"I believe Jack Smith might have written THE BOOK on writing and revising for publication. Clean, direct, succincta book that is full of pure wisdom and truth, but also amazing technical advice." Virgil Suarez, author of Latin Jazz , The Cutter , Havana Thursdays , and Welcome to he Oasis
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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 A Primer on the Elements and Techniques of Fiction 4
Chapter 2 Preparing to Write 37
Chapter 3 Drafting 55
Chapter 4 Revision Strategies 68
Chapter 5 Revising for Strong Character 82
Chapter 6 Rethinking Point of View 101
Chapter 7 Strengthening the Conflict 117
Chapter 8 Rethinking Plot and Structure 132
Chapter 9 Honing Basic Prose Techniques 144
Chapter 10 Shaping Great Scenes 171
Chapter 11 What About Setting? 188
Chapter 12 Rethinking Openings and Ending 208
Chapter 13 Improving Style, Mood, and Tone 230
Chapter 14 Working Theme and Idea 261
Chapter 15 Fine-Tuning 272
Chapter 16 Marketing Your Work 286
Notes on the Chapters 293
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.