Building Fiction: How to Develop Plot and Structure

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Mar 1, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 198 pages
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No one looks at structure like Jesse Lee Kercheval. She builds a work of fiction just as an architect would design a house with an eye for details and how all parts of a story or novel interconnect. Even with the most dynamic language, images, and characters, no piece of fiction will work without a strong infrastructure. Kercheval shows how to build that structure using such tools as point of view, characterization, pacing, and flashbacks. Building Fiction will help you envision the landscape of your fiction and build great stories there.


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Helpful source for aspiring writers. Has many great tips and exercises that get the writer's mind working. i used this in a creative writing class and it flowed well with our progression throughout the semester. It really helps you build a full, well-rounded story. Read full review

Building Fiction: How to Develop Plot & Structure

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Short story writer and novelist Kercheval (The Museum of Happiness, LJ 10/15/93) compares writing fiction to designing a house. All the pieces must come together and form a whole structure to achieve ... Read full review


two Openings in Fiction
three ThirdPerson Point of View
four First and SecondPerson Points of View
five Constructing Characters
six Conflict in Fiction
seven Continuing Conflict
eight Endings in Fiction
nine Revision
ten Novel vs Short Story
eleven Short Shorts Novellas NovelsinStories
twelve Experimental Fiction

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Jesse Lee Kercheval is the Sally Meade Hands Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she directs the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and codirects the Program in Creative Writing. Her memoir, Space, won the Alex Award from the American Library Association. She is also the author of a novel, The Museum of Happiness; two collections of poems, Dog Angel and World as Dictionary; and a story collection, The Dogeater, which won the Associated Writing Programs Award in Short Fiction.

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