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Write and Revise for Publication: A 6-Month Plan for Crafting an Exceptional Novel and Other Works of Fiction [Kindle Edition]

Jack Smith
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Book Description

Writers need a structured approach to writing fiction, one that includes effective strategies for both drafting and revision/fine-tuning. A structured approach builds a writer's confidence and provides an efficient process in terms of producing submission-ready work. It's best to get that first draft out there, not worry a lot about how well it's going, and then let it cool a little before getting into the heat of revision and fine-tuning.

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About the Author

Jack Smith has an MA in English (creative writing concentration); and a Ph.D. in English (American literature). He writes fiction regularly and has sold to the North American Review, Texas Review, Southern Review, Night Train, X-Connect, In Posse Review, and others. His novel, Hog to Hog, won the George Garrett Fiction Prize and was published by Texas Review Press in 2008. His nonfiction includes twenty articles for Novel & Short Story Writer's Market. He's also written a dozen pieces for The Writer and has been published numerous reviews in such magazines as Ploughshares, Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, American Book Review, Pleiades, Texas Review, Mid-American Review, Iowa Review, and Environment magazine. In addition to writing, he has served for more than twenty years as Fiction Editor at The Green Hills Literary Lantern, a literary journal published by Truman State University.

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  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (July 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DL2W8KO
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Resource for Writers September 25, 2013
Jack Smith has really nailed it with this one! Write and Revise is an excellent resource for writers of all levels... as a creative writing professor, I can easily imagine using this text in the classroom. He begins with a succinct overview of the "production stage" and briefly describes the primary elements and techniques of fiction, including clear descriptions and tips for developing characters, choosing the best point of view, establishing conflict, managing plot and structure, and developing setting, style, tone and mood. The majority of the book, however, focuses on the revision process, one of the most crucial steps to crafting successful fiction. As he notes, "Solid revision transforms unfinished work by giving it levels or depths it didn't have before, smoothing it out, and producing a polished product." The remaining chapters are categorized by the element of fiction one may need to concentrate on during the revision stage, including openings and endings, developing themes, and fine tuning your manuscript. This book is concise but comprehensive, making it an excellent addition to any writers' shelf. I'm looking forward to using it in the classroom and for my own personal revision projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creating and Revising September 19, 2013
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Of the many strengths found in Write and Revise for Publication the most important is the basic advice to divide fiction writing into two phases-creation and revision. Many new writers confuse the phases, so self-conscious about all the possible choices and decisions they block the freedom of a first draft. Jack Smith emphasizes the need to keep the two distinct by letting the draft flow and then revisiting it more objectively. While he offers useful tips about creating, his clear breakdown of the range of questions writers should ask themselves as they revise is most thorough I have encountered in books on writing fiction. He covers the options for character development, point of view, conflict, plot and structure, prose style, openings and endings, and much more. Especially helpful are the passages he has chosen to illustrate the various approaches. In addition to writers, any reader of fiction who wishes to understand how good stories and novels are made will learn much from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liberate the imagination September 5, 2013
Editor and fiction writer Jack Smith offers step by step, plain spoken advice for writers at all levels on how to write, revise, and publish a novel. Three months to draft, three months to revise. His bluff shoptalk encourages writers to read in order to improve all aspects of fiction. He discusses inspiring examples from a wide range of models, from classics to well-known and lesser-known contemporaries, on such topics as uses of detail, exposition, character, setting, and openings and endings. Among his observations and exhortations: "Characters with vitality are like dogs on leashes; they want to do their own thing. And you must let them." "It's when readers can neither sympathize nor empathize that characters need attention." "An ending should open us up, in some way, to a world greater than the sum of the parts of the story." Each section leads to exercises to sharpen craft and take the writer deeper into the adventure of art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great How-T0 Book for Writers September 11, 2013
Jack Smith's book Write and Revise for Publication is the best and most accessible work on the art of fiction I've ever read: it is solid and specific and while other books, like Cassill's Writing fiction and Hills' Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular, are excellent works, they speak not to the beginner but to someone already schooled in technique. Practical, even inspirational, Smith's 16 chapters cover just about everything a fiction writer, from a beginner to the accomplished, needs to know. But what really makes Smith's book succeed is its direct and conversational tone: it's one writer to another, no matter what one's skill level; he misses none of the usual elements of fiction. Each chapter is clearly written and accompanied by a variety of useful quotes from various works of fiction that are relevant and enhance his points. This work would have been a great boon to me in my teaching days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide to Better Writing July 30, 2013
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This is an excellent book, full of great practical advice for both beginning and advanced writers. It would work well for individual writers and for classroom use in creative writing courses. It includes a wide range of story excerpts from many acclaimed writers and uses writing exercises and prompts to help writers develop their craft. The book not only explains important writing concepts, but clearly shows how to use the concepts to improve one's own writing. I highly recommend it for writers and for those teaching writing.

Robert Garner McBrearty
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Writing Advice September 8, 2013
The premise of Jack Smith's book is simple but absolutely essential to the developing writer. Again and again you will be led to examine other writers' works as models, and apply lessons learned to your own work. If you expect a book to tell you, "Here is how you write a novel," and guide you step by step through a pre-established formula, this is not the book for you. If you are a serious writer who wants insight on elements of craft on every aspect from preparing to write to marketing your work, you need this book.
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