9780393321241

MAKING SHAPELY FICTION PA

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393321241

  • ISBN10:

    039332124X

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 11/17/2000
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page--whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. Jerome Stern maintains that learning to write spontaneously is the first step to writing well. You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles of momentum, tension, and immediacy. "Tension," Stern says, "is the mother of fiction. When tension and immediacy combine, the story begins." Dialogue and action, beginnings and endings, the true meaning of "write what you know," and a memorable listing of don'ts for fiction writers are all covered. A special section features an Alphabet for Writers: entries range from Accuracy to Zigzag, with enlightening comments about such matters as Cliffhangers, Point of View, Irony, and Transitions.

Table of Contents

What This Book Does and Why xiii
Acknowledgments xvii
PART I THE SHAPES OF FICTION
Facade
5(3)
Juggling
8(4)
Iceberg
12(3)
Last Lap
15(3)
Trauma
18(3)
Specimen
21(4)
Gathering
25(2)
A Day in the Life
27(3)
Onion
30(3)
Journey
33(4)
Visitation
37(3)
Aha!
40(5)
Bear at the Door
45(3)
Snapshot
48(3)
Blue Moon
51(4)
Explosion
55(6)
PART II A CAUTIONARY INTERLUDE
Write What You Know
61(4)
Don't Do This: A Short Guide to What Not to Do
65(14)
PART III FROM ACCURACY TO ZIGZAG: AN ALPHABET FOR WRITERS OF FICTION
Accuracy
79(2)
Advice
81(1)
Allegory
82(1)
Allusion
83(1)
Ambiguity
84(1)
Anti-hero
85(3)
Archetype
88(1)
Atmosphere
89(1)
Avant-garde
90(1)
Bathos
91(1)
Beginnings
92(2)
Catharsis
94(2)
Character
96(4)
Cliche
100(4)
Cliff-hanger
104(1)
Coincidence
105(1)
Comedy
106(2)
Convention
108(1)
Crisis
109(1)
Description
110(3)
Dialect
113(1)
Dialogue
114(6)
Diction
120(1)
Didacticism
121(1)
Documents/Diaries/Letters
122(2)
Endings
124(3)
Epigram
127(1)
Epilogue
127(1)
Epiphany
127(1)
Episode
128(1)
Exposition
129(2)
Fable
131(1)
Fairy Tale
131(1)
Farce
132(1)
Flashback
133(1)
Formula
134(1)
Frame Story
135(2)
Freytag's Pyramid
137(1)
Genre
138(1)
Grotesque
139(1)
Hero
139(1)
Imagery
140(2)
Imagination
142(1)
Immediacy
143(2)
Interior Monologue
145(2)
Intrigant
147(1)
Irony
148(2)
Legend
150(1)
Local Color
150(2)
Melodrama
152(1)
Metafiction
152(1)
Metaphor and Simile
153(1)
Mise-en-scene
154(1)
Motif
155(1)
Myth
156(1)
Names
157(2)
Narrative
159(1)
Narrator
160(3)
Naturalism
163(2)
Negative Positive Knowledge
165(1)
Novel
166(2)
Objective Correlative
168(1)
Parable
169(1)
Parody
169(2)
Pathetic Fallacy
171(1)
Picaro
171(1)
Places and Place Names
172(2)
Plot
174(3)
Poetic Justice
177(1)
Point of View
178(14)
Position
192(3)
Premise
195(2)
Profanity / Obscenity
197(1)
Psychic Distance
198(1)
Reading
199(1)
Realism
200(3)
Red Herring
203(1)
Resolution
204(1)
Revision
204(2)
Roman a Clef
206(1)
Romance
207(2)
Satire
209(2)
Scene
211(1)
Science Fiction
212(1)
Sentimentality
212(2)
Sex
214(1)
Short Novel
215(1)
Short Story
216(2)
Showing and Telling
218(2)
Stereotype
220(1)
Stories within Stories
221(1)
Stream of Consciousness
222(1)
Structure
223(1)
Style
224(8)
Subtlety
232(1)
Suspense
233(1)
Suspension of Disbelief
234(1)
Symbolism
235(2)
Tension
237(2)
Texture
239(1)
Theme
240(1)
Title
241(2)
Tour de Force
243(1)
Transitions
243(3)
Trust Your Material
246(1)
Voice
247(2)
Workshops
249(5)
Zigzag
254
PART IV READABLES: WHERE TO LEARN MORE

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