- File Size: 801 KB
- Print Length: 370 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (December 15, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006RAIZEK
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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Crafting Novels & Short Stories: Everything You Need to Know to Write Great Fiction (Creative Writing Essentials) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
In the foreword, James Scott Bell writes: "When I was trying to figure out how to write, I devoured the fiction column in `Writer's Digest,' then inked by the great Lawrence Block. I read it every month as if it were a sacred page." The contributors include: James Scott Bell, author of "Plot and Structure"; Nancy Kress, author of "Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques for Dynamic Characters" and Donald Maass, author of "The Breakout Novelist." All three bestselling books, published by Writer's Digest Books.
The 39 articles are grouped under seven sections:
*Characters--The Stakeholders in Your Story;
*Plot & Conflict--Your Story's Action & Suspense;
*Point of View--The Voice of Your Story;
*Setting & Backstory--The Context for Your Story;
*Dialogue: What Your Characters Say to Each Other;
*Description & Word Choice: What You Tell Readers; and
*Revision: How Your Story Comes Together
The front cover touts the book as "The Complete Guide to Writing Creating Great Fiction." Complete? What about other fiction-craft books from Writer's Digest? No need to buy those?
A subtitle such as "A Complete Overview of Fiction-Craft Basics" would more accurately describe the brief articles in this excellent introductory book.
This is pretty simple stuff, sort of midrange for most authors. However, if you don't know it yet then it's a good read. I would recommend it for those newer to the business and wanting perspective on a wide range of issues.
Format and Structure:
Very tidy. Subjects are ordered well.
More towards long form writers. Some short form information.
5/5. This is a good book for a brush up or an education. For advanced writers it won't be an eyeopener, but good for perspective and nostalgia value.
Buy it if you are new to the game. Sample first if you've done you time. A great first writing book.