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Making Shapely Fiction
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date November 1, 2000
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780393321241
ISBN-10 039332124X
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Original list price $15.95
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Summaries and Reviews
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A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction―what makes it work and what can make it fail.

Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page―whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles of momentum, tension, and immediacy. "Tension," Stern says, "is the mother of fiction. When tension and immediacy combine, the story begins." Dialogue and action, beginnings and endings, the true meaning of "write what you know," and a memorable listing of don'ts for fiction writers are all covered. A special section features an Alphabet for Writers: entries range from Accuracy to Zigzag, with enlightening comments about such matters as Cliffhangers, Point of View, Irony, and Transitions.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780393029291
 
1 edition from W W Norton & Co Inc (March 1, 1991)
9780393029291 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $18.95
About: A guide to writing fiction covers dialogue, action, narrative, scene, point of view, and style, and offers advice on writing more spontaneously
Paperback
Book cover for 9780393321241 Book cover for 9780440212218
 
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from W W Norton & Co Inc (November 1, 2000)
9780393321241 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $15.95
About: A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction―what makes it work and what can make it fail.
With Michele Saracino | Reissue edition from Laurel Leaf (April 1, 1997)
9780440212218 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $7.50
This edition also contains Christian Anthropology: An Introduction to the Human Person
About: A guide for writers of fiction includes a cross-referenced Alphabet for Writers that deals with such writing concerns as anti-heroes, dialogue, sex, and style.

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