The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers (Google eBook)
This classic guide, from the renowned novelist and professor, has helped transform generations of aspiring writers into masterful writers—and will continue to do so for many years to come.
John Gardner was almost as famous as a teacher of creative writing as he was for his own works. In this practical, instructive handbook, based on the courses and seminars that he gave, he explains, simply and cogently, the principles and techniques of good writing. Gardner’s lessons, exemplified with detailed excerpts from classic works of literature, sweep across a complete range of topics—from the nature of aesthetics to the shape of a refined sentence. Written with passion, precision, and a deep respect for the art of writing, Gardner’s book serves by turns as a critic, mentor, and friend. Anyone who has ever thought of taking the step from reader to writer should begin here.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JacobSeifert - LibraryThing
The snobbish opening nearly scared me off. I was sure I was what Gardner calls an "ignoramus," but I stuck with it and learned some valuable things. I like that he reinforces that successful writing ... Read full review
Review: The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young WritersUser Review - Casee Marie - Goodreads
"What moves us is not just that characters, images, and events get some form of recapitulations or recall: We are moved by the increasing connectedness of things, ultimately a connectedness of values ... Read full review
Basic Skills Genre and Fiction as Dream 17
Interest and Truth 39
Metaﬁction Deconstruction and Iazzing Around 82
f Common Errors 97