I wish I'd had The Art & Craft of Story when I began work on my first novel. Victoria Mixon brings to bear her analytical skills in a jazzy-riffed voice to give you story, in its classical components. She breaks it down logically, then rebuilds with elegance and playfulness. Not that the work is easy. The last section, Revision, will keep you humming for weeks to come. Read Story before you begin your novel, then go back and mark the book up as you write that novel. Draw, box, diagram, play, think. You begin to grasp the long term commitment to the process, to the work itself, to the art and the craft of story. --Lucia Orth, author of the critically acclaimed Baby Jesus Pawn Shop
Opinionated, rumbunctious, sharp and always entertaining, Mixon is a brilliant and ferocious companion. These are lessons of a writing lifetime. --Roz Morris, best selling ghostwriter and author of Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Novels and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence
About the Author
Victoria Mixon is a professional writer and editor and has worked in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and technical documentation for over thirty years. She co-authored the nonfiction Children and the Internet: A Zen Guide for Parents and Educators, published by Prentice Hall in 1996, for which she is listed in the Who’s Who of America. Her first book on writing, The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual, is one of the elite handful recommended by Preditors & Editors. Victoria has been blogging since 2009 and has been voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers. She lives and works in Northern California in the house her family built out of the timbers from their own land.