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From the Back Cover
With lively style, good humor and insight, Robin Hemley helps you turn all that you experience into fresh and powerful fiction. By learning to "reimagine", you'll focus on translating real-world people and events into characters and scenes that happen on paper for the first time. You'll think "what if" instead of "what is" in order to take control of your material and cut loose the inhibitions of real life. In these pages, you'll learn how to hone your observation skills and fill your journal with rich and vivid details. (Because, as Hemley writes, "Life is in the details, and so is good fiction".) You'll see how to decide which ideas to bring to fiction and which ones to let go. And you'll learn how to: find the right form - novel, short story, vignette, memoir - for the story you want to tell; use "triggers" to start your reader's imagination rolling; keep your fiction emotionally honest by making the right choices between "the way it happened" and what the story dictates (ask "Is it believable?", not "Did it happen?"); create composites of real people and places that fit the unique needs of your story and empower your imagination; focus your fiction. Make sure everything, every character counts - and eliminate "people who sit at the end of the bar without a role to play"; fictionalize - ethically and legally - other people's stories. Learn your rights as a writer versus their rights to privacy. (Can you use actual names? When do you need to get permission?). To illustrate how writers feed their fiction with reality, Hemley uses examples from his own work and from fiction masters of yesterday and today. At the end of each chapter, challenging exercises help you apply the basictheories and push them even further. An adventurous read, Turning Life Into Fiction will help you create fiction that's just as strange and wonderful and "real" as the life that inspires it.
About the Author
Robin Hemley is the author of seven award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction. He is the director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.
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I appreciate this book for two reasons: the occasional comment that made me laugh aloud and the advice in Chapter Seven “Writing (and Rewriting) With Authority.” That chapter encourages me to haul out and refine two unfinished historical manuscripts moldering in my files.
-Hope Irvin Marston, author of AGAINST THE TIDE: THE VALOR OF MARGARET WILSON.
The examples of published writing that he used were, I admit, sometimes lengthy, but because he divided the book into distinct parts, such as "Finding Your Form" and "Recording and generating ideas," I knew how to skip over parts that were not necessary at the moment. I still ended up referring to every section in the book, however. The exercises at the end of each section improved my attention to detail and made me practice how to incorporate detail in my writing (I had difficulty with incorporating too much or too little). I knew I would not be maximally improving my writing if I didn't take advantage of those exercises.
I also appreciated that the samples of published writing that Hemley included weren't all from world-famous authors. That made me see the hidden gems of writing and expanded the repertoire of writers I will be studying to improve my own work. As I said, sometimes the samples are lengthy, but the format of this book makes it easy to skip over the parts you would prefer to learn from later.
I echo the other reviewers and recommend this book to writers or aspiring writers looking to improve their writing (and not waste time flipping through books that don't help). I've gone through a lot of writing guides, but this is the one I refer to again and again.