Fiction Writer's Workshop

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Writer's Digest Books, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 pages
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Master the Elements of the Writing Workshop

&break;&break;The great paradox of the writing life is that to be a good writer, you must be both interested in the world around you and comfortable working in solitude for hours on end. Fiction Writer's Workshop is designed to help you foster a strong sense of independence–of being and thinking on your own, of becoming self-evaluative without being self-critical–in order to accomplish what others seek in classroom groups.

&break;&break;In this comprehensive guide, award-winning writer and teacher Josip Novakovich explores every aspect of the art of fiction and provides all the tools and techniques you'll need to develop day-to-day discipline as well as a personal writing style, such as:

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  • More than 100 writing exercises, including dozens that are new to this edition, that challenge you to experiment with diverse writing styles&break;
  • Specific statements of purpose for each exercise, to help guide you and instruct you at every step of the creative process&break;
  • Self-critique questions to help you assess your work and identify strengths and weaknesses before moving on to the next lesson&break;
  • The full text of eight acclaimed short stories, with analysis and exercises, to provide models for your own writing and help reinforce the lessons you've learned
&break;&break;The practical, insightful methods offered in this workshop will clarify your voice, broaden your perspective, and strengthen your fiction.
 

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Contents

Sources of Fiction
5
Setting
25
Character
48
Plot
71
Point of View
99
Dialogue and Scene
127
Beginnings and Endings
151
Description and Word Choice
177
Voice
200
Revision
225
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