A Writer's Guide to Fiction

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 272 pages
The second book in the Writer's Compass series from professional writing instructor Elizabeth Lyon offers both aspiring and established authors the fundamentals of writing and selling a great novel or short story. In addition to the basics of characterization, plot, pacing, and theme, A Writer's Guide to Fiction also features a plan for revising fiction, a guide to marketing, samples of cover and query letters, and methods of honing the writing craft.

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A Writer's Guide to Fiction (Writer's Compass)

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Lyon (A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction) presents a detailed, confident, no-nonsense guide for the serious fiction writer. Using pertinent excerpts to make her points, she teaches writers how to craft a ... Read full review


The Lay of the Land
Finding the Characters for Your Story
Finding a Map for Your Story
Heroes and Heroines
First Steps
Deepening Your Characters
Casting Characters for Story and Plot
Mapping from A to B to
Finding Your Gait
Ending Steps
Troubleshooting and ProblemSolving
Problems of Characterization Structure Technique and Style
Your Rising Star
Refining Your Vision
New Horizons

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Elizabeth Lyon, a regular speaker at writing conferences and retreats nationwide, has been a contributor to Writer’s Digest and is a mentor, editor, and teacher for many writers. The author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write and The Sell Your Novel Toolkit, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.