- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Tragedy's Workshop (February 27, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981800718
- ISBN-13: 978-0981800714
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,623,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
David Sheppard is the author of the recently published non-fiction work Oedipus on a Pale Horse and The Mysteries, A Novel of Ancient Eleusis, which will appear in bookstores later in 2009. He has a bachelor's from Arizona State University, a master's from Stanford University and also studied American literature at the University of Colorado. His poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, and in The Arvon International Poetry Competition Anthology (Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney, editors). A veteran of many writing groups and conferences, he is a past member of the Rocky Mountain Writers Guild, having chaired its Literary Society and participated in its Live Poets Society and Advanced Novel Workshop. He taught astronomy, novel writing and Greek mythology at New Mexico State University - Carlsbad. He has traveled throughout Western Europe and is an amateur photographer and astronomer.
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The section on dialogue is perhaps the most useful part of this book.
There's quite a bit about Greek mythology in this book.
An excerpt that I liked: "We expect a work of fiction to do more than just help us escape our worldly dilemmas. We expect it to have importance and be meaningful. A story is a process of discovery-through-conflict, and that process must result in transcendence for the central character. He must be changed by the experience, thereby allowing the reader to also be changed."
Here's a suggested exercise from the book that interests me: "Write a paragraph on why you believe the world will be a better place with the publication of your novel."
Structure and technique will be easy to achieve and improve with simple concepts.
If you're working on your first novel, this book is a must!