Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft[Reading] ➹ Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft By Janet Burroway – Bluevapours.co.uk More than 250000 copies sold A creative writer’s shelf should hold at least three essential books a dictionary a style guide and Writing Fiction Janet Burroway’s best selling classic is the most w More than copies sold A creative A Guide PDF/EPUB ¶ writer’s shelf should hold at least three essential books a dictionary a style guide and Writing Fiction Janet Burroway’s best selling classic is the most widely used creative writing text in America and for than three decades it has helped hundreds of thousands of students learn the craft Now in its tenth edition Writing Fiction is accessible than ever for writers of all levels—inside or outside the classroom This new edition continues to provide advice that is practical comprehensive and flexible Burroway’s tone is personal and nonprescriptive welcoming Writing Fiction: PDF \ learning writers into the community of practiced storytellers Moving from freewriting to final revision the book addresses “showing not telling” characterization dialogue atmosphere plot imagery and point of view It includes new topics and writing prompts and each chapter now ends with a list of recommended readings that exemplify the craft elements discussed allowing for further study And the examples and uotations throughout the book feature a wide and diverse range of today’s best and best known creators of both novels and short stories This book is a master class in creative writing that also calls Fiction: A Guide PDF Å on us to renew our love of storytelling and celebrate the skill of writing well There is a very good chance that one of your favorite authors learned the craft with Writing Fiction And who knows what future favorite will get her start reading this edition.

Janet Burroway is the author of seven A Guide PDF/EPUB ¶ novels including The Buzzards Raw Silk runner up for the national Book award Opening Nights and Cutting Stone; a volume of poetry Material Goods; a collection of essays Embalming Mom; and two childrens books The Truck on the Track and The Giant Jam Sandwich Her most recent plays Medea With Child Sweepstakes Division of Property and Parts of Speec.

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft
  • Janet Burroway
  • English
  • 03 August 2016
  • 9780226616551

10 thoughts on “Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft

  1. Taka says:

    Excellent with some uibbles Used by creative writing programs all over the US this book pretty much covers everything about the craft The contemporary short stories at the end of each chapter were really good especially starting from Chapter 4 with Mule Killers by Lydia PeelleThe main focus of the book is literary fiction and is admittedly biased against genre fiction with a convincing reason whereas writing literary fiction can teach you how to write good genre fiction writing genre fiction does not teach you how to write good literary fiction She further draws a comparison between realism and drawing of still life in painting which analogy I found to be pretty compellingThere are limitations to the book however First there are other books that cover certain topics much in depth such as characterization see Swain's Techniues of the Selling Writer point of view see Orson Scott Card's Characters and Viewpoint description Monica Wood's Description story and structure James Scott Bell's Plot Structure and Donald Maass's books revision Self Editing for Fiction Writers etc Also the students are left to find all the topics implemented in the short stories at the end of each chapter and yet it's sometimes difficult to pinpoint why exactly those stories were selected Some guidance on how those stories used the techniues discussed could have been beneficialThere are other shortcomings In certain parts the author also asks uestions to the reader without providing answers which is a shame because feedback is one of the most important factors in learning The section on psychic distance was not entirely clear especially the examples she gives to illustrate using abstract nouns and generic details increases a sense of distance while using concrete nouns and specific details increases intimacyAnother misguiding thing about the book is when it covers the golden rule of contemporary fiction show and tell 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 damage than good since telling can be a powerful tool too and she doesn't cover when it's good to tell and instead 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 Maruez Chabon Murakami and still manage to be fascinating She does however cover what makes good telling in a wholly different chapter under a different name summaryAlso she covers some topic and doesn't tell us any rule of thumb for knowing when it's good to use it For example she says filtering should be avoided But a lot of stories even those included in the book use filtering at some point When is it okay to use any techniue she cautions us against Should we always avoid them But why are the stories she herself selected use them So some explanation on that aspect of each techniue would have been illuminatingAll in all this is a really good book on writing and I think everyone who is serious about the craft should read itGood stuff

  2. Dave Cullen says:

    This is THE classic how to on writing fiction I used this both as a student and teacher The examples are incredibleUpdate Aug 2017I just bought the 8th edition of this book and started rereading several chapters again I also went back and reread 10 years ago Even an experienced writer can really benefit from a uick refresher on techniues I've left behind We each fall into our own writing ways doing the stuff that has worked for us and it's remarkable how many things I'm NOT taking advantage of Or techniues that I spurned at another time didn't feel right for me but I'm in the right place for nowAnd exceptional book A true gift for writers Note It's really expensive but thank God for used books I find that if you go back one edition it's dramatically cheaper The 9th edition is out so I bought the 8th for 30 Still pricey for a paperback book but this is uniue and a steal at that price And I imagine they have to pay very high fees for using all the short stories and long excerpts So I'm not getting all the latest stories but so what They have changed dramatically from the last edition I got And I don't really need new ones anyway

  3. Kathleen says:

    Almost any reader can identify with almost any character; what no reader can identify with is confusion

  4. Steven says:

    I cannot in good conscience give this text anything higher than a two The advice is solid I'm not going to argue against that but there is far too much meat in the writing that comes across less as solid writing advice and as a formulaic approach to writing This text is full of bland approaches to writing and repeats the same things I've read in other books The exercises are tedious and boring; there is no sense of adventure or experimentation It's a methodical bland autopsy of writing and what works supposedly in making writing better If your goal is to understand the craft of writing this is not the book for you I recommend Jerome Stern's Making Shapely Fiction Stephen King's On Writing or The Truth of the Matter Art and Craft in Creative Non Fiction for the sake of actual method and practice material This book is for you only if you're goal is to be a write by numbers kind of person If you need the formula if you need every single little aspect of writing to be laid bare for you then read this If you're purpose is to understand writing well you'll get that from this but it's a longer journey to take and can be done better and succinctly via other pathsIf you wish to be a good writer well write That's the best advice anyone can and will in every writing guidebook tell you After that read Then if you're lucky and have talent you can be a successful writer No formulaic approach will make you better than what you inherently are That's where practice and work come in

  5. Miranda says:

    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 this one came close to perfection It provides students a grounding vocabulary With this book students can discuss the elements of writing rather than rely on anecdote or discuss talent As a student myself I've been frustrated by authors and teachers explaining writing as a boundless art form that cannot be learned by a conventional curriculum Writing Fiction does not try to contain writing in a concrete definition but the book makes creative writing possible to study and discuss with others As craftAny aspiring or established writer should spend time with this book It's dense with information and fantastic examples

  6. carlageek says:

    This text joins Sol Stein's Stein on Writing and Ursula LeGuin's Steering the Craft among my absolute favorite craft texts Clear readable with superb and diverse examples something Stein doesn't do as well this book is full of inspiring insights and analysis punctuated by terrific exercises and this might be my favorite part reprinted complete short stories a whopping three per chapter selected to illustrate the concepts discussed in the chapter It's a terrific craft book and a superb short fiction anthology all in one One caveat It is a textbook intended for college students of creative writing which means that some of the advice is rather geared toward young people I found this mildly annoying though I worked instead on finding it amusing

  7. Ellie says:

    I love Janet Burroway's writing I want to read all her work Such a great presence shining through the words And very motivating Just what it says a guide and a very good one It teaches as much about how to read as how to write I've read it several times want to read it again Soon

  8. Alice says:

    If your goal is to improve your fictional writing know that this volume is filled with great advice and beautiful examples to help you learn the ways In addition to in depth explanations of how to work with setting characters time space plot and point of view; it offers many intriguing writing exercises and fun prompts It's an excellent source of advice to any writer aspiring to be published or even just if your creative writing is limited to your own entertainment It offers methods to shape enrich and enliven the stories by discussing throughout the book the main concerns with planning fiction in its multiple aspects going beyond outdated advice like Faulkner's kill all your darlingsI was impressed by how the book really seemed to cover all possible realms of the writing process and loved Burroway's airy narration along it One of my favorite textbooks by farFavorite short storiesBullet in the Brain by Tobias WolffReply All by Robin Hemley“Binocular Vision” by Edith Pearlman“Mud” by Geoffrey ForsythWe Didn't by Stuart DybekLike a Pilll by Nicole Rivas

  9. Stef Smulders says:

    Excellent treatment of the elements of fiction with clear examples like characterisation show don’t tell point of view If you do not understand it after reading this book you will never get it

  10. Jareth Navratil says:

    What a wonderfully informative book on the craft of storytelling I learned so many helpful habits that I plan on applying to my own writing immediately

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