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Writing Fiction : A Guide to Narrative Craft

Writing Fiction : A Guide to Narrative Craft - 5th edition

Writing Fiction : A Guide to Narrative Craft - 5th edition

ISBN13: 9780321026897

ISBN10: 0321026896

Writing Fiction : A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway - ISBN 9780321026897
Edition: 5TH 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
International: No
Writing Fiction : A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway - ISBN 9780321026897

ISBN13: 9780321026897

ISBN10: 0321026896

Edition: 5TH 00

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This comprehensive, informal, practical guide/anthology approaches the elements of fiction from the writer's point of view. Writing Fiction ranges from 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 to feel comfortable with themselves and their writing.

  • Revised discussions of key issues including writing workshops (Ch.1), using autobiography as a basis for fiction (Ch.1), using action in stories (Ch.4), using dialogue (Ch.5), and maintaining point of view (Ch.7, 8).
  • 13 of the 25 short stories are new, including new selections from John Cheever, Sherman Alexie, Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, Robert Owen Butler, and John Barth.
  • A new Appendix A discusses mainstream, experimental, and genre fiction, exposing students to the multiple forms of writing they can explore.
  • Excellent writing samples and short story selections, at the end of each chapter, printed in their entirety illustrate each element of the fiction-writing process to inspire student writers.
  • Suggestions for discussion, retrospect, and writing assignments, at the end of Chapters 3-11, provoke imaginative solutions to students' writing problems.
  • Thorough discussion of the writing process breaks down students' writing anxieties and teaches them how to overcome writer's block.

Author Bio

Burroway, Janet : Florida State University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Whatever Works: The Writing Process.

Get Started.
Keep Going.
A Word About Theme.
Shitty First Drafts, Anne Lamott.
From The Writing Life, Annie Dillard.

2. The Tower and The Net: Story Form and Structure.

Conflict, Crisis, and Resolution.
Connection and Disconnection.
Story Form as a Check Mark.
Story and Plot.
The Short Story and the Novel.
The Use of Force, William Carlos Williams.
How Far She Went, Mary Hood.

3. Seeing Is Believing: Showing and Telling.

Significant Detail.
The Active Voice.
Prose Rhythm.
The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien.
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?, Joyce Carol Oates.

4. Book People: Characterization, Part I.

The Indirect Method of Character Presentation: Authorial Interpretation.
The Direct Methods of Character Presentation.
The Enormous Radio, John Cheever.
Yours, Mary Robinson.
The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn't Flash Red Anymore, Alexie Sherman.

5. The Flesh Made Word: Characterization, Part II.

The Direct Methods of Character Presentation (Continued).
Character: A Summary.
Girls at War, Chinua Achebe.
Saint Marie, Louise Erdrich.

6. Long Ago and Far Away: Fictional Place and Time.

Setting and Atmosphere.
Some Aspects of Narrative Time.
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Bullet in the Brain, Tobias Wolff.

7. Call Me Ishmael: Point of View, Part I.

Who Speaks?
To Whom?
In What Form?
Girl, Jamaica Kincaid.
Hips, Sandra Cisneros.
Royal Beatings, Alice Munro.

8. Assorted Liars: Point of View, Part II.

At What Distance?
With What Limitations?
Gryphon, Charles Baxter.
Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot, Robert Olen Butler.

9. Is and Is Not: Comparison.

Types of Metaphor and Simile.
Metaphoric Faults to Avoid.
The Objective Correlative.
San, Lan Samantha Chang.
The Falling Girl, Dino Buzzati.
Menagerie, Charles Johnson.

10. I Gotta Use Words When I Talk To You: Theme.

Idea and Morality in Theme.
How Fictional Elements Contribute to Theme.
A Man Told Me the Story of His Life, Grace Paley.
Developing Theme as You Write.
Ralph the Duck, Frederick Busch.
Ad Infinitum, John Barth

11. Play It Again, Sam: Revision.

Worry It and Walk Away.
Revision Questions.
An Example of the Revision Process.
Wanting to Fly, Stephen Dunning.
The Bath, Raymond Carver.
A Small, Good Thing, Raymond Carver.

Appendix A: Kinds of Fiction.
Appendix B: Suggestions For Further Reading.