Write Great Fiction Revision And Self-Editing

Write Great Fiction Revision And Self-Editing

by James Scott Bell


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582975085
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 05/05/2008
Series: Write Great Fiction Series
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 536,567
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

James Scott Bell is the author of the Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure and a contributing editor to Writer's Digest magazine. He is also the author of more than fifteen novels currently teaches fiction writing courses at Pepperdine University and is a regular speaker at writers conferences.

Table of Contents

Introduction: On Becoming a Writer     1
A Philosophy of Self-Editing     8
Characters     18
Plot & Structure     45
Point of View     60
Scenes     70
Dialogue     94
Beginnings, Middles & Ends     124
Show vs. Tell     140
Voice & Style     148
Setting & Description     162
Exposition     174
Theme     178
A Philosophy of Revision     192
Before You Revise     203
The First Read-Through     209
The Ultimate Revision Checklist     216
Character     217
Plot     222
The Opening     227
Middles     229
Endings     237
Scenes     239
Exposition     245
Voice, Style & Point of View     246
Setting & Description     247
Dialogue     248
Theme     249
The Polish     250
Epilogue: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained     254
Exercise Answers     256
Index     264

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Write Great Fiction Revision And Self-Editing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Gadgetneo More than 1 year ago
I heard this was a fantastic book. I bought it for my Nook, but I was never able to read it. The file is corrupt. I contacted tech support and they walked me through several options. Unfortunately, none of them worked. I had to go to my nearest B&N to have the book removed by their tech support and get a refund. The whole process took a couple of hours, and the refund took a few days. I'd still like to buy this book for my Nook rather than buy a hard copy, but until I know it's readable, I'll stay away.
falstaff1962 More than 1 year ago
I am far from a complete writer, but the books in the "Write Great Fiction" series have been wonderful aids. But where some in the series are good, the ones by Bell are terrific. His book on Plot & Structure is fine reading, and I think this book on Revision and Self-editing is even better. As usual, he presents his thoughts/ideas in a coherent, straight forward manner and gives us plenty of examples to see exactly what he means. I really like how he uses writers from every genre (and many time periods) to help illustrate his points. Bell really shows that well written works come from every field and we can learn from all of them. Good writing is good writing. Recommended for any writer- from novice to pro. And for everyone from the self-published to those who work through the big publishing houses.
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MarAbe More than 1 year ago
Excellent book BUT!!!!!! If you buy the Nook version it is in PDB format -- NOT epub. It will NOT open on the Nook classic, Nook app for Mac, Nook Study for Mac, or Nook app for iPhone. B&N -- Please FIX this!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though I've written over 30 books, I'm always reading a book on craft. An author can never stop learning how to do it better. REVISION AND SELF-EDITING by James Scott Bell is a must-have for every serious writer's shelf. The thing so lacking in many writing books is the practical advice on HOW-TO. Bell takes all the guesswork out and lays out the structure of a novel and how to get there. And then how to make that stinky first draft better. This book is the best book on writing I've ever laid hands on. It's even better than his PLOT AND STRUCTURE which I've been recommending to others. Get this book. Your story will thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm always looking for great craft books for my 'library' to keep honing my skill and working on my craft. This book is definitely a keeper. While it gives a 'refresher' on some writing basic concepts and pointers to go deeper into your story and characters, the revision section is a must for all writers prior to submission (or fulfilling deadline). Infused with Bell's humor, the suggestions given are extremely helpful for not only the new writer, but for the seasoned writer as well. The pages contain real, HELPFUL information to help every writer on their career path. This book has earned a space on my reference book shelf.