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Norton Hardcover w/270 pages - Here is an inviting guide to the basic principles of fiction. Rather than setting up rules, the author encourages you to write more spontaneously, with emphasis on momentum, tension, and immediacy. In the first section, it forms a sequence, each shape leading to the next. Under such headings as Facade, Juggling, and Blue Moon are suggestions about dialogue and action, beginnings and endings, and fashioning strong narrative. A second section looks at the meaning of Write What You Know, and offers some Don'ts. A special feature of the book is an Alphabet for Writers. Entries range from Accuracy to Zigzag, with stops along the way for such writerly concerns as Point of View, Scene, and Style. Handy cross referencing allows the reader to turn quickly to other pertinent entries. This is a book to keep close at hand-for reference and inspiration.
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This book is different from other books on writing. You can start writing serious fiction from the first page -- because, as Jerome Stern makes clear, learning to write spontaneously is the first step to writing well. As you begin to grasp the principle of momentum, tension and immediacy, you'll find your fiction has shape and form. You'll discover how to "write what you know," and avoid the traps and pitfalls awaiting fledgeling authors. A cross-referenced Alphabet for Writers includes incisive entries for such writerly concerns as Anti-Heroes, Dialogue, Sex, and Style. Whether you're a beginning, a seasoned professional, or a teacher of the craft, you already know there are no rules in writing ficton . . .but Jerome Stern will inspire you to find your personal path.About the Author:
Jerome Stern, a professor of English and popular culture, is the author of an acclaimed book on writing, Making Shapely Fiction. His incisive monologues are regularly heard on National Public Radio.
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Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0393029298
Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX0393029298
Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110393029298