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Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (8th Edition)
Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (8th Edition)
by Janet Burroway
Edition: Paperback
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted, February 9, 2011
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While I purchased this book as a textbook for a graduate writing class, it's already proven to be invaluable. The format, with each chapter focusing on a different element in the writing craft, is orderly and insightful-- but the book is still a cohesive unit. Each chapter builds naturally to form the foundation for the next. The writing exercise ideas are consistently extraordinarily helpful and avoid the typical triteness tripe that you find on the internet-- they're original and thought provoking. Each chapter ends with a few short stories illustrating the chapter's concept, and I've enjoyed reading all of them while gaining practical understanding of how to apply the concepts. There's also an excellent portion on revision which is every writer's bane. Honestly, one of the best books on writing fiction I've ever read.

If there would be a downside is that her writing style can get to be a little bit florid and wordy, an acceptable flaw in such a good book.

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