A Writer's Guide to Fiction

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Penguin, 2004 - Reference - 255 pages
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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

Contents

The Lay of the Land
3
Finding the Characters for Your Story
17
Finding a Map for Your Story
37
Heroes and Heroines
50
First Steps
65
Deepening Your Characters
86
Casting Characters for Story and Plot
107
Mapping from A to B to Z
125
Finding Your Gait
152
Ending Steps
173
Problems of Characterization Structure Technique
185
Learning to Market 211
211
New Horizons
233
Index
245
About the Author
256
Copyright

Setting Description and Imagery
143

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About the author (2004)

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.

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