What's Your Story?: A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 20, 1992 - Young Adult Nonfiction - 144 pages
Discusses how to write fiction, exploring point of view, dialogue, endings, and revision.

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An award-winning novelist (On My Honor, 1987 Newbery Honor) and experienced writing teacher cogently discusses her craft. As John Gardner did in The Art of Fiction (1984), Bauer insists on technique ... Read full review

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Discuses how to write fiction, exploring opoint of view, dialouge, endings, and revision.


1 The First Step A Story Plan
2 Choosing Your Best Idea
3 Character The Key to Good Stories
4 Bringing Characters to Life
5 Focusing Your Story
6 Getting from Beginning to End The Plot
7 Choosing Your Point of View
8 At Last The Beginning
10 Story Tension Keeping Your Readers Hooked
11 Endings Expected and Surprising
12 Just When You Thought You Were Done Revising
13 The Final Step Polishing
14 A Career as a Fiction Writer
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9 Something to Talk About Dialogue

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Marion Dane Bauer has written more than one hundred children's books, including picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, and novels. She won a Newbery Honor for On My Honor, a middle grade coming-of-age story. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. www.mariondanebauer.com.

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