Creating Fiction

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Julie Checkoway
Writer's Digest Books, Mar 15, 2001 - Reference - 294 pages
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This guide contains 24 chapters on the craft of fiction writing from 24 well-known writers including Jane Smiley, Richard Russo, Charles Johnson and W.D. Wetherell.
 

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This is one of my favorite writing books. It's a collection of essays by contemporary writers, most of whom also teach writing workshops. Instead of being a strict "how to" book, it presents several in-depth perspectives on the craft of fiction writing. Read full review

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Contents

Our Duty as Storytellers
2
What Gives Rise to a Story?
13
The Mask of Fiction
28
The Fiction Writers Apprenticeship
34
CHARACTERIZATION
43
Developing Characters
44
Bringing Minor Characters to Life
57
Depicting Character Through Place
67
The Art of Sequencing
135
Structuring the Novel and Story Collection
148
Describing and Withholding Beginning and Ending
164
STYLE AND VOICE
181
Inflection Tone and Pitch
182
Some Notes on Voice
197
A Question of Style
207
The Rules of Magical Realism and How to Break Them
219

What to Do About Difficult Characters
81
POINT OF VIEW
95
The Basics of Point of View
96
The Art of First Person
107
The Art of Third Person
115
PLOT STRUCTURE AND NARRATIVE
125
How to Know Whether Youve Got a Plot or Not
126
Putting Humor in Your Fiction
231
REVISING EDITING AND MARKETING
243
The Purpose and Practice of Revision
244
Editing and Polishing
256
Publishing Fiction
263
Forty Additional Writing Exercises
273
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Checkoway is head of the creative writing program at the University of Georgia and is the 1988-1999 president of the Associated Writing Programs.

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