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Writing Fiction : A Guide to Narrative Craft,9780321026897

Writing Fiction : A Guide to Narrative Craft

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9780321026897

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0321026896
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Pub. Date:
7/1/1999
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Addison-Wesley
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Summary

This comprehensive, informal, practical guide/anthology approaches the elements of fiction from the writer's point of view. Writing Fiction, 5/e, includes freewriting to revision, addressing how writers must work through problems in plot, style, characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, imagery, and point of view to write exciting and fresh stories. The tone of this market-leading text is non-prescriptive and personal, helping students feel comfortable with themselves and their writing.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Whatever Works: The Writing Process
1(26)
Get Started
3(10)
Journal Keeping
3(1)
Freewriting
4(1)
Clustering
5(3)
The Computer
8(1)
The Critic: A Caution
8(1)
Choosing a Subject
9(4)
Keep Going
13(2)
A Word about Theme
15(11)
``Shitty First Drafts''
16(3)
Anne Lamott
From ``The Writing Life''
19(7)
Annie Dillard
Writing Assignments
26(1)
The Tower and the Net: Story Form and Structure
27(26)
Conflict, Crisis, and Resolution
29(4)
Connection and Disconnection
33(2)
Story Form as a Check Mark
35(4)
Story and Plot
39(2)
The Short Story and the Novel
41(11)
``The Use of Force''
42(4)
William Carlos Williams
``How Far She Went''
46(6)
Mary Hood
Writing Assignments
52(1)
Seeing is Believing: Showing and Telling
53(41)
Significant Detail
54(5)
Filtering
59(2)
The Active Voice
61(2)
Prose Rhythm
63(3)
Mechanics
66(26)
``The Things They Carried''
67(13)
Tim O'Brien
``Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?''
80(12)
Joyce Carol Oates
Retrospect
92(1)
Writing Assignments
92(2)
Book People: Characterization, Part I
94(33)
Credibility
97(2)
Purpose
99(1)
Complexity
100(2)
The Indirect Method of Character Presentation: Authorial Interpretation
102(2)
The Direct Methods of Character Presentation
104(21)
Appearance
104(2)
Action
106(3)
``The Enormous Radio''
109(8)
John Cheever
``Yours''
117(2)
Mary Robison
``The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn't Flash Red Anymore''
119(6)
Sherman Alexie
Retrospect
125(1)
Writing Assignments
125(2)
The Flesh Made Word: Characterization, Part II
127(40)
The Direct Methods of Character Presentation (Continued)
128(16)
Speech
128(7)
Format and Style
135(3)
Thought
138(1)
Conflict Between Methods of Presentation
139(4)
Creating a Group or Crowd
143(1)
Character: A Summary
144(21)
``Girls at War''
145(11)
Chinua Achebe
``Saint Marie''
156(9)
Louise Erdrich
Retrospect
165(1)
Writing Assignments
165(2)
Long Ago and Far Away: Fictional Place and Time
167(29)
Setting and Atmosphere
169(9)
Harmony and Conflict between Character and Background
170(1)
Symbolic and Suggestive Setting
171(4)
Alien and Familiar Setting
175(1)
An Exercise in Setting
176(2)
Some Aspects of Narrative Time
178(16)
Summary and Scene
178(4)
Flashback
182(1)
Slow Motion
183(2)
``A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings''
185(5)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
``Bullet in the Brain''
190(4)
Tobias Wolff
Retrospect
194(1)
Writing Assignments
194(2)
Call Me Ishmael: Point of View, Part I
196(39)
Who Speaks?
197(8)
Third Person
197(5)
Second Person
202(2)
First Person
204(1)
To Whom?
205(6)
The Reader
206(1)
Another Character
207(1)
The Self
208(3)
In What Form?
211(22)
``Girl''
213(2)
Jamaica Kincaid
``Hips''
215(2)
Sandra Cisneros
``Royal Beatings''
217(16)
Alice Munro
Retrospect
233(1)
Writing Assignments
234(1)
Assorted Liars: Point of View, Part II
235(33)
At What Distance?
235(8)
Spatial and Temporal Distance
237(3)
Intangible Distance
240(3)
With What Limitations?
243(23)
The Unreliable Narrator
244(1)
An Exercise in Unreliability
245(2)
Unreliability in Other Viewpoints
247(1)
``Gryphon''
248(13)
Charles Baxter
``Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot''
261(5)
Robert Olen Butler
Retrospect
266(1)
Writing Assignments
266(2)
Is and is Not: Comparison
268(35)
Types of Metaphor and Simile
269(4)
Metaphoric Faults to Avoid
273(7)
Allegory
277(1)
Symbol
278(2)
The Objective Correlative
280(21)
``San''
282(8)
Lan Samantha Chang
``The Falling Girl''
290(4)
Dino Buzzati
``Menagerie''
294(7)
Charles Johnson
Retrospect
301(1)
Writing Assignments
301(2)
I Gotta Use Words When I Talk to You: Theme
303(29)
Idea and Morality in Theme
304(3)
How Fictional Elements Contribute to Theme
307(2)
``A Man Told Me the Story of His Life''
307(2)
Grace Paley
Developing Theme as You Write
309(20)
``Ralph the Duck''
313(11)
Frederick Busch
``Ad Infinitum: A Short Story''
324(5)
John Barth
Retrospect
329(1)
Writing Assignments
330(2)
Play It Again, Sam: Revision
332(35)
Worry It and Walk Away
333(2)
Criticism
335(1)
Revision Questions
336(1)
An Example of the Revision Process
337(29)
``Wanting to Fly''
342(2)
Stephen Dunning
``The Bath''
344(5)
Raymond Carver
``A Small, Good Thing''
349(17)
Raymond Carver
Retrospect
366(1)
Writing Assignments
366(1)
Appendix A: Kinds of Fiction 367(4)
Appendix B: Suggestions for Further Reading 371(6)
Credits 377(1)
Index 378


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