How Fiction Works: The Last Word on Writing Fiction, from Basics to the Fine Points

Front Cover
F+W Media, Jan 5, 2001 - Reference - 240 pages
8 Reviews
In 1989 Oakley Hall published The Art and Craft of Novel Writing, a classic text that Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Stone called "simply the best book in print to examine the strategies and necessities involved in the making of a novel." Now he has expanded and deepened his instruction. He has added exercises and all new examples, as well as new advice on all forms of fiction, including short stories, short-short stories, even novellas. He covers every fictive technique, from plot and characterization to word choice, voice, and style. The key to Hall's teaching method is his brilliant use of examples. Throughout the book, he emphasizes the importance of reading and evaluating fiction with an eye toward craft. To this end, he offers more than one hundred excerpts from fine literature, showing the reader through analysis and advice how fiction works. Oakley Hall is the author of fourteen mainstream novels and five mysteries. His novel Warlock was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and was made into a feature film. For more than twenty years he was director of the writing program at the University of California at Irvine, For many years he acted as general director of the programs in writing at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. He lives in San Francisco.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing

An editor once told me that if you're going to take advice on writing, take it either from name-bestselling writers or gatekeepers such as acquiring editors or agents--not necessarily anyone who ... Read full review

Review: How Fiction Works: The Last Word on Writing Fiction, from Basics to the Fine Points

User Review  - Jenny Perry - Goodreads

Hall loved to illustrate points by quoting his own prolific oeuvre- though the points were made it didn't much inspire me to read his fiction! Anyway, this is a great book for literature lovers ... Read full review


The Novel

2 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

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.

Bibliographic information