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Writing Fiction Step by Step 1st Edition
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This one, though, I borrowed from the library and renewed it a couple of times before I realized I wasn't ever going to want to give it back. The next day, I returned it to the library and stopped in at the bookstore to buy my very own copy.
This book is very methodical, a little like taking a writing course on your own, at home. If you take Novakovich's suggestions seriously, keeping all the exercise goals in mind, you ought to have more than a few marvellous creations of your own by the time you're done.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was a lengthy inclusion of a story of his own. It is somewhat enlightening, but takes up too much space for what is gained, in my opinion.
You'll need motivation to get through this book, but Novakovich makes it easy, building on previous exercises to craft original, imaginative finished and semi-finished fiction pieces. And the feeling of accomplishment when you emerge at the end of the book is well worth the purchase price and the work you put into completing it.
This book is not meant for straight reading. One must exercise. One must write. Yes. Keep it in your lap as you start your prolonged apprenticeship with this book.
It is well organized--even if you have some writing experience, you might still find yourself flipping through the chapters when you have a question on, per se, plot or characterization. And best of all, it endorses learning by doing, including several exercises at the end of each chapter.
I opened "Writing Fiction Step by Step" up last night, did a few excercises(secretly irritated to write something NOT pertaining to my novel) and was pleasantly surprised how much it already helped me. I DO feel like some of the excercises will inspire new ideas for a novel. I have only done the excercises for the characters and voice section, so I haven't read the whole book yet.
It's a simple step by step guide to get the brain cells functioning, to pull out ideas that you didn't know were there a few moments before in your mind.
Granted it isn't as good as an actual writing course, but for me, a stay at home mom of four, it'll work well to make sure I fully grasp the main points on character descriptions, interior design, dialogue, voice, etc.
I was pleased to see I didn't have trouble with completing the excercise well, meaning my characters were descriptive and I was happy with them. I was motivated also to know the author describes certain things that if you do them, you are a natural. It was nice to hear I may be one! So for me it is an inspirational guide that will encourage me to keep with this trying, difficult passion us writers share. Writing a novel is full of many speedbumps and roadblocks in the road, it will at times be dismaying to read the truth in some of these books that we need. This one will inspire and encourage any fiction writer IF they do the excercises and grow from them.Read more ›
I was kind of disappointed. I mean, going in, I knew that, say plot and character and dialogue were all important. I was hoping for some sort of discussion on what makes a good plot, or a compelling character, etc. Instead, Josip merely says (roughly) that "Having good characters is important. Here are some exercises for you to write characters: 1) Take a person you know, and describe him. 2) Imagine that person's total opposite, and describe him. (Etc.)"
I've enjoyed other books more when they've discussed what makes a good character versus a bad one, or a good plot, or good dialogue, or what have you. This collection of writing prompts wasn't what I was looking for, but maybe it's what you'd like? If so, recommended.
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I have had so much fun with this creative writing course in a book. If you don't have the schedule / time to attend a class and want some help - real help getting started writing... Read morePublished 10 months ago by itbadger
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