Fiction Writer's Workshop

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Betterway Books, Feb 15, 1995 - Reference - 256 pages
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Master the Elements of the Writing Workshop

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.

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:

  • More than 100 writing exercises, including dozens that are new to this edition, that challenge you to experiment with diverse writing styles
  • Specific statements of purpose for each exercise, to help guide you and instruct you at every step of the creative process
  • Self-critique questions to help you assess your work and identify strengths and weaknesses before moving on to the next lesson
  • 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
The practical, insightful methods offered in this workshop will clarify your voice, broaden your perspective, and strengthen your fiction.
 

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User Review  - Martin - Goodreads

This is a great book with over 100 specific exercises. Novakovich's voice is unpretentious and witty. So the reader hardly notices the instruction while reading with ease and enjoyment. Read full review

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Contents

First and Second Combined
First and Third Combined
FirstPerson Collective Observer POV
Stream of Consciousness
SHIFTING POVS
Unusual Shifts of POV
Virtual Shift of POV
EXERCISES

EXERCISES
CHAPTER TWOSETTING
Real or Imagined Setting
SETTING AS THE GROUNDWORK OF FICTION
SETTING AS ANTAGONIST
SETTING FOR SPECIAL EFFECTS
Mood and Atmosphere
Foreshadowing
Setting as Alpha and Omega
Setting as a Character Portrait
EXERCISES
CHAPTER THREECHARACTER
ROUND AND FLAT CHARACTERS
SOURCES OF CHARACTERS
PORTRAYING A CHARACTER
Repeated Action or Habit
Appearance
Scene
Combining Techniques
EXERCISES
CHAPTER FOURPLOT
ORIGINS AND TYPES OF PLOT
Character Conflict Plots
Nonconfrontational Plots
Combination Plots
TIME SEQUENCE AND PLOT
HOW TO GENERATE PLOTS
PLOT AS GUIDE FOR THE FINAL DRAFT
PLOT VS PLOT OUTLINE
EXERCISES
CHAPTER FIVEPOINT OF VIEW
FirstPerson Multiple POV
Epistolary Fiction
FirstPerson Narrators Reliability
Pros and Cons for FirstPerson POV
THIRDPERSON POV
ThirdPerson Limited POV
ThirdPerson Multiple POV
Objective POV
UNUSUAL POVS
CHAPTER SIXDIALOGUE AND SCENE
Dialogue as Conversation
Forms of Dialogue
Body Language Character and Dialogue
Dialogue and Information
SCENE
How to Prepare for the Big Scene
The Big Scene
EXERCISES
CHAPTER SEVENBEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS
BEGINNINGS
Ways to Begin
A Final Comment on Beginnings
THE END GAME
Types of Endings
A Final Comment on Endings
CHAPTER EIGHT DESCRIPTION AND WORD CHOICE
HOW TO DESCRIBE
WORD CHOICE
Verbs
Nouns and Concrete Description
Adverbs and Adjectives
Metaphors and Similies
Avoiding Clichés and Wrong Word Choices
EXERCISES
CHAPTER NINEVOICE
EXAMPLES OF PERSONA VOICES
THIRDPERSON NARRATIVE VOICES
SUBJECT MATTER AND VOICE
VOICE AND HUMOR
EXERCISES
CHAPTER TENREVISION
THE FIRST REWRITE
MACROREVISION
MICROREVISION
WHEN TO QUIT REVISING
EXERCISES
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
INDEX
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