Mikanris View all 3 comments. Topics include free-writing to revision, plot, style, characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, imagery, and point of view. Just what it says-a guide and a very ediition one. If your goal is to understand the craft of writing, this is not the book for you.
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Mikanris View all 3 comments. Topics include free-writing to revision, plot, style, characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, imagery, and point of view. Just what it says-a guide and a very ediition one. If your goal is to understand the craft of writing, this is not the book for you. It offers a load of information and is well written; it has lots of examples from good writing to illustrate points it makes.
A Guide to Narrative Craft, 9th Edition. Refresh and try again. With detailed chapters on the process of writing, showing vs. PaperbackSeventh Editionpages.
The questions and writing exercises at the end of each chapter were insightful and offered a great opportunity for deeper thought and effective application. Overall, this is a wriging textbook for the undergrad English major. For example, Burroway goes through every single possibility for point of view or explain several metaphors for plot. I cannot in good conscience give this text anything higher than a two.
With about one-third examples and writing exercises and two-thirds instruction, I firmly believe this is the first book every aspiring fiction writer should pick up wrifing study.
There are other shortcomings. The exercises are tedious and boring; there is no sense of adventure or experimentation. 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.
One of my favorite textbooks by far! I fell into the latter group. This is THE classic how-to on writing fiction. Want to Read saving…. The chapter on revision fition absolutely fabulous and helpful.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Some of us writers need that. I used a lot of these, both the individual and collaborative, with great success. Point of View Who Speaks? Once more, its focus editiin to be on short fiction, primarily short stories not micro-fiction, flash fiction, novelettes, or novellas.
This is my first time through and I plan to re-read it in the near future. The same principles can certainly apply to writing novels but I sense most Creative Writing classes focus more on short stories for the sake of wriiting. Such a great presence shining through the words. This book is a keeper. Oh, and the writing exercises are excellent. The most widely used and respected book on writing fiction, Writing Fiction guides the writer from first inspiration to final revision.
Every writer needs this book. I was not formerly very familiar with the short story form, and I appreciated how wriitng I learned that will help me in writing my novel. Books janett Janet Burroway. A highly valuable textbook on the writing process, covering story form, plot, structure, building character, place and setting, and a detailed look at point of view. TOP Related Posts.
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Writing Fiction A Guide to Narrative Craft 8th Edition
Kataxe The eighth edition also features more short short stories than any previous edition and includes quotation boxes that offer advice and inspirational words from established writers on a wide range of topics — such as writing from experience, story structure, openings and endings, and revision. Username Password Forgot your username or password? Other Uses of Dialogue. A Guide to Narrative Craft, 8th Edition. Instructors, sign in here to see net price.
Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 9th Edition
The contemporary short stories at the end of each chapter were really good, especially starting from Chapter 4 with "Mule Killers" by Lydia Peelle. The main focus of the book is literary fiction and is admittedly biased against genre fiction with a convincing reason: "whereas writing literary fiction can teach you how to write good genre fiction, writing Excellent, with some quibbles-- Used by creative writing programs all over the U. The main focus of the book is literary fiction and is admittedly biased against genre fiction with a convincing reason: "whereas writing literary fiction can teach you how to write good genre fiction, writing genre fiction does not teach you how to write good literary fiction. There are limitations to the book, however. Some guidance on how those stories used the techniques discussed could have been beneficial. There are other shortcomings. In certain parts, the author also asks questions to the reader without providing answers, which is a shame because feedback is one of the most important factors in learning.
Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 8th Edition