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Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 9th Edition

By Janet Burroway, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, Ned Stuckey-French

Published by Longman

Published Date: Jan 23, 2014

Description

The most widely used and respected text in its field, Writing Fiction, Ninth Edition guides the novice story writer from first inspiration to final revision.

 

A bestseller through eight editions, Writing Fiction explores the elements of fiction, providing practical writing techniques and concrete examples. Written in a tone that is personal and non-prescriptive, the text encourages students to develop proficiency through each step of the writing process, offering an abundance of exercises designed to spur writing and creativity.  The text also integrates diverse, contemporary short stories in the belief that the reading of inspiring fiction goes hand-in-hand with the writing of fresh and exciting stories.

Table of Contents

1 Whatever Works: The Writing Process

Get Started

        Journal Keeping

        Freewriting

        Exercises

        The Computer

        The Critic: A Caution

        Choosing a Subject

            The Dilemma, or Catch-22

            The Incongruity

            The Connection

            The Memory

            The Transplant.

            The Revenge

Keep Going

A Word About Theme

Reading as Writers

About the Writing Workshop

        How Workshops Work

        The Writer’s Role

Writing Exercises

2 Seeing Is Believing: Showing and Telling

Significant Detail

        Writing About Emotion

        Filtering

Comparison

        Types Of Metaphor And Simile

        Metaphoric Faults To Avoid

The Active Voice

Prose Rhythm

Mechanics

        We Didn’t

                STUART DYBEK

        Goal 666

                Stacey Richter

        Binocular Vision

                Edith Pearlman

Writing Exercises

3 Building Character: Characterization, Part I

The Direct Methods of Character Presentation

        Dialogue

                Summary, Indirect, and Direct Dialogue

                Economy in Dialogue

                Characterizing Dialogue

                Other Uses of Dialogue

                Dialogue as Action

                Text and Subtext

                “No” Dialogue

                Specificity

                Pacing.

                Format and Style

                Vernacular

        Fiesta, 1980

                Junot Díaz

        Every Tongue Shall Confess

                ZZ PACKER

        Emergency

                Denis Johnson

Writing Exercises

4 The Flesh Made Word: Characterization, Part II

The Direct Methods of Character Presentation

        Appearance

        Action

        Thought

The Indirect Methods of Character Presentation

        Authorial Interpretation

        Interpretation By Another Character

Conflict Between Methods of Presentation

The Universal Paradox

Credibility

Purpose

Complexity

Change

Reinventing Character

Creating a Group or Crowd

        The Character Journal

Character: A Summary

        Bullet in the Brain

                Tobias Wolff

        Tandolfo the Great

                Richard Bausch

        Eleven

                Sandra Cisneros

Writing Exercises

5 Far, Far Away: Fictional Place

Place and Atmosphere

Harmony and Conflict Between Character and Place

Place and Character

Place and Emotion

Symbolic and Suggestive Place

Alien and Familiar Place

An Exercise in Place

        St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

                Karen Russell

        The Flowers

                Alice Walker

        A Visit of Charity

                Eudora Welty

Writing Exercises

6 Long Ago: Fictional Time

Summary and Scene

Revising Summary and Scene

Flashback

Slow Motion

        You’re Ugly, Too

                Lorrie Moore

        The Fun House

                Sherman Alexie

        Currents

                Hannah Bottomy Voskuil

Writing Exercises

7 The Tower And The Net: Story Form, Plot, and Structure

Conflict, Crisis, and Resolution

The Arc of the Story

Patterns of Power

Connection and Disconnection

Story Form as an Inverted Check Mark

Story and Plot

The Short Story and the Novel

Types of Fiction

        Escapes

                Joy Williams

        Mud

                Geoffrey Forsyth

        Everything That Rises Must Converge

                FLANNERY O’CONNOR

Writing Exercises

8 Call Me Ishmael: Point of View

Who Speaks?

        Third Person

                Omniscience

                Limited Omniscience

                The Objective Author

        Second Person

        First Person

To Whom?

        The Reader

        Another Character

        The Self

        Interior Monologue

        Stream of Consciousness

In What Form?

At What Distance?

Consistency: A Final Caution

        Victory Lap

                George Saunders

        Who’s Irish?

                GISH JEN

        Reply All

                ROBIN HEMLEY

Writing Exercises

9 Play it Again, Sam: Revision

Re-Vision

Worry it and Walk Away

Criticism and the Story Workshop

Asking the Big Question: What Have I Written?

How Fictional Elements Contribute to Theme

Revision Questions

Further Suggestions for Revision

Examples of the Revision Process

        Battery

                Pia Z. Ehrhardt

        Following the Notes

                Pia Z. Ehrhardt

Writing Exercises

 

Appendix: What Next? Professionalism and Literary Citizenship

Index

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