: Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft Plus Writing Poems and Journal for Creative Writing (8th Edition) (): Janet Burroway. Writing Poems (8th Edition) by Michelle Boisseau Paperback $ JANET BURROWAY is the author of plays, poetry, essays, children’s books, and eight. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 8th Edition. Janet Burroway, Florida State University. Elizabeth Stuckey-French, Florida State University.

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All stories need good characters, but the best stories have great characters.

And the essay “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamont, which I first discovered here, will remain a mainstay in my curriculum. May 09, Brian rated it it was amazing Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. I read this book for a writing group I’m in and there’s a reason why this is the holy grail when it comes to many advanced high school programs St.

A focus on the writing process in its editiion, this book provides a comprehensive guide to writing fiction, approaching distinct elements in separate chapters while building on what has been covered earlier.

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 8th Edition

We don’t recognize your username or password. Filled with 8thh examples to illustrate every less This is a comprehensive book on craft that starts with the basics and works deeper with solid examples that drive the point home.

Even an experienced writer can really benefit from a quick refresher on techniques I’ve left behind. She pretty much tells you, “Show, don’t tell,” which is misleading because you should definitely show and tell where appropriate and simple vilification of telling does more damage than good, since telling can be a powerful tool, too, and she doesn’t cover when it’s good to tell and fictiin gives the false impression that telling is always bad–a preposterous stance if you stop and think about all those authors who use a hell of a lot of telling Marquez, Chabon, Murakami and still manage to be fascinating.

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (8th edition) | Elizabeth Stuckey-French

Want to Read saving…. The main 8t of the book is literary fiction and is admittedly biased against genre fiction with a convincing reason: The stories, too, are diverse in terms of length, author background, form and style. Refresh and try again. It’s organized nicely with its topics divided into modestly-sized portions so it’s easy to locate and read what you need.


Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft

This is, without a doubt, probably the go-to textbook for college-level Creative Writing courses. A bestseller through six editions, Writing Eedition by novelists Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French explores the elements of fiction, providing practical writing techniques and concrete examples.

The exercises will help you understand the concepts of the chapter, and some of them are pretty challenging. As a student myself, I’ve been frustrated by authors and teachers explaining writing as a boundless art form that cannot be l I am beginning my last semester of a Creative Writing BA program in San Francisco, and out of the many writing books I read Anne Lamott, Stephen King, David Morley, Natalie Goldberg Helpful examples abound, and included in each section characterization, point of view, structure, etc.

Sign Up Already have an access code? First assigned to me foction undergrad, this is also highly recommended by one of my MFA professors.

One of my only critiques is the confluence of author and narrator in the point-of-view section. Written in a tone that i The most widely used and respected text in its field, Writing Fiction, 7e guides the novice story writer from first inspiration to final revision.

John’s in Houston and university programs. This is THE classic how-to on writing fiction. I’m reviewing the new 9th edition, which I’ll be using for my Advanced Writing Fiction course this semester.

The chapter on revision is absolutely fabulous and helpful. Another misguiding thing about the book is when it covers the “golden” rule of contemporary fiction: Despite being a “textbook,” this book doesn’t come across as a “hard” read. With detailed chapters on the process of writing, showing vs. Sep 01, Steelwhisper rated it did not like it Shelves: Expensive, and hard to find on library shelves.

They will make you think. The questions and writing exercises at the end of each chapter were insightful and offered a great opportunity for deeper thought and effective application. I also went back and reread 10 years ago. Lists with This Book. Jul 27, Ann rated it it was amazing Shelves: I used a version of this text in grad school, and I think it does an excellent job at introducing students to the basic terminology of literary fiction.


Also, while the concept of “free indirect discourse” is explained, it is not named as such. That’s the best advice anyone can and will, in writlng writing guidebook tell you.

Summary, Indirect, and Direct Dialogue. A truly comprehensive guide full of exercises and examples to hone an author’s skills. Other Uses of Dialogue. There are few things I despise more in English craft books than “This is the way to do this and it is the only way” which Burroway alludes to from time to time.

There is this underlying attitude – and this text does nothing to dispel this – that genre fiction wroting. The lessons themselves I don’t remember much of, but are quite comprehensive.

Here she talks about Freitag’s famous pyramid of five actions and moves to how the “story shape” can work as an inverted check mark. The instructional sections are a little dry and boring, but this is mainly because the level of detail in them. PaperbackSeventh Editionpages. Trivia About Writing Fiction: The Tower and the Net: A true gift for writers.

Once more, its focus seems to be on short fiction, primarily short stories not micro-fiction, flash fiction, novelettes, or wrihing.

If you’re purpose is to understand writing, well, you’ll get that from this but it’s viction longer journey to take and can be done better and more succinctly via other paths.