How Fiction Works

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Writer's Digest Books, Dec 15, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 228 pages
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Think of your fiction like a clock, a marvel of mainsprings and wheels, pinions and pendulums. It's an extraordinary organization of diverse elements, channeling energy and tension into the regular coordination of action and reaction, rotating gears and moving hands.

&break;&break;Oakley Hall, writing teacher emeritus, invites you as his apprentice to study fiction's inner workings, the pegs and screws upon which a good story depends. You'll find the elements of fiction examined and illuminated, with insights into how they must interact to create a distinctive story.

&break;&break;In sharing lessons taught by years of experience and by citing examples from dozens of esteemed writers, Hall makes working alongside a master thoroughly pleasurable, as well as an invaluable opportunity to craft fiction that is tuned like a precision timepiece.

 

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Contents

The Dramatic Method
3
Specification
5
The Senses
15
Words
27
Symbol and Indirection
47
Dialogue
57
AuthorityPoint of View
79
Characterization
109
Plot
141
The Short Story
165
The Novel
193
Suggested Reading
209
Index
217
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He is the author of more than twenty works of fiction, including The Downhill Racers, Warlock, The Bad Lands & Separations. For twenty years, he was professor English & director of programs in writing at the University of California at Irvine. He is also the director of the Squaw Valley Writing Program. In 1998, he received a PEN center USA West Award of Honor for a lifetime of literary achievement. He lives in San Francisco.

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