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: 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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This text is full of bland approaches to writing and repeats the same things I’ve read in other books. The stories, too, are diverse in terms of length, author background, form and style. With detailed chapters on the process of writing, showing vs.

This is the textbook every aspiring novelist needs to writlng. Just what it says-a guide and a very good one. A Guide to Narrative Craft, 9th Edition.

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

I would suggest being cautious with the author’s opinionshowe Clearly this book is written for the beginning English major in undergrad; the author herself even says so. A focus on the writing process in its entirety, this book provides a comprehensive guide to writing fiction, approaching distinct elements in separate chapters while building on what has been covered earlier.

The stories, too, are diverse in terms I’m reviewing the new 9th edition, which I’ll be using for my Advanced Writing Fiction course this semester. If you need the formula, if you need every single little aspect of writing to be laid bare for you, then read this. The most widely used and respected text in its field, Writing Fiction, 7e guides the novice story writer from first inspiration to final revision.


Expensive, and hard to find on library shelves. That pattern is the unique personality of the creature, and if the pattern does not cohere, it miscarries or is stillborn. The final chapter on revision is especially helpful. This holds the knowledge I’ve been longing for as a rookie fiction writer.

One of my only critiques is the confluence of author and narrator in the point-of-view section. The craft essays at the beginning of each chapter are too in-depth and analytical for beginning fiction writers, I think.

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

The book drills down deep into concepts that have also seemed basic, like the use of a simile, for example. The Tower and the Net: Nov 02, Hollie rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Even intermediate writers will find reminders about all the things we’re doing wrong wriitng we knew were wrong, but forgot we were doing. View all 3 comments. The most widely used erition respected book on writing fiction, Writing Fiction guides the writer from first inspiration to final revision.

If you wish to be a good writer, well, write. Also, while the concept of “free indirect discourse” is explained, it is not named as such.

Some guidance on how those stories used the techniques discussed could have been beneficial. Then it goes on to talk about how important the choice editioj related to the item or comparison in a simile.

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft

Excellent, with some quibbles– Used by creative writing programs all over the U. Jan 12, Kasey Tross rated it really liked it Shelves: Ecition 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 hanet 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 Marquez, Chabon, Murakami and still manage to be fascinating.


The text also integrates diverse contemporary short stories in every chapter in the belief that the reading of inspiring fiction goes hand-in-hand with the writing of fresh and exciting stories. For example, she says filtering should be avoided.

A Guide to Narrative Craft, 8th Edition.

The eighth edition also features more short short stories than any previous edition and includes quotation boxes that offer advice and inspirational words from established writers on a wide range of topics — such as writing from experience, story structure, openings and endings, and revision.

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