Through a Stone Wall: Lessons from Thirty Years of Writing

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Wildside Press LLC, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 184 pages
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One of the best "How-To" books on writing ever published. Learn how to create characters that become real to the reader, and plots that offer interest, dramatic impact, and challenge. Includes many examples for both the beginner and the professional.
  

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Contents

Foreword
5
Introduction to the Second Edition
6
Never Waste Anything
7
The Lead Paragraph
12
Endings
16
Basic Needs
19
Creating Atmosphere
24
Making Things Happen
28
What Horrid People
74
Build an Alien
81
Terra Incognita
87
The Why of It
92
Build a Culture
97
Landmarks on the Road to Fantasy
105
Other Writers Dreams
113
You Just Dont Look Like an Author
119

Characterization
34
Making Nonfictional Characters Come to Life
38
The Shaping of Language
40
Conflict
44
Spelling and All That Good Stuff
48
The Word Is the Poem Is the Key
51
Viewpoint
55
Plot and Theme
59
Symbolism
64
Transitions
67
Never Think It Will Be Easy
70
Atmosphere Imagery and Figures of Speech
123
Creating the Past
134
How Not to Starve as a Writer
142
From Metaphysics to Mars
148
Uglification and Derision
154
Genre Gymnastics
161
Whats in a Name?
172
A Final Word
176
Index
177
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About the author (2009)

Ardath Mayhar was born in Timpson, Texas on February 20, 1930. She began her writing career as a poet when she was 19 and began publishing science fiction in 1979. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 60 books in almost every fiction genre. She also wrote under the pseudonyms Frank Cannon, Frances Hurst and John Killdeer. She won the Balrog Award for a horror narrative poem in Masques I and was honored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as an Author Emeritus in 2008. She died on February 1, 2012 at the age of 81.

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