Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft




      Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft
More than 250,000 copies soldA creative writer s shelf should hold at least three essential books a dictionary, a style guide, and Writing Fiction Janet Burroway s best selling classic is the most widely used creative writing text in America, and for than three decades it has helped hundreds of thousands of students learn the craft Now in its tenth edition, Writing Fiction is accessible than ever for writers of all levels inside or outside the classroom This new edition continues to provide advice that is practical, comprehensive, and flexible Burroway s tone is personal and nonprescriptive, welcoming learning writers into the community of practiced storytellers Moving from freewriting to final revision, the book addresses showing not telling, characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, plot, imagery, and point of view It includes new topics and writing prompts, and each chapter now ends with a list of recommended readings that exemplify the craft elements discussed, allowing for further study And the examples and quotations throughout the book feature a wide and diverse range of today s best and best known creators of both novels and short stories This book is a master class in creative writing that also calls on us to renew our love of storytelling and celebrate the skill of writing well There is a very good chance that one of your favorite authors learned the craft with Writing Fiction And who knows what future favorite will get her start reading this edition Read Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft – heartforum.co.uk

Janet Burroway is the author of seven novels including The Buzzards, Raw Silk runner up for the national Book award , Opening Nights, and Cutting Stone a volume of poetry, Material Goods a collection of essays, Embalming Mom and two children s books, The Truck on the Track and The Giant Jam Sandwich Her most recent plays, Medea With Child, Sweepstakes, Division of Property, and Parts of Speech, have received readings and productions in New York, London, San Francisco, Hollywood, and various regional theatres Her Writing Fiction is the most widely used creative writing text in America, and a multi genre textbook, Imaginative Writing, appeared in 2002 A B.A from Barnard College and M.A from Cambridge University, England, she was Yale School of Drama RCA NBC Fellow 1960 61, and is Robert O Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at the Florida State University in Tallahassee.

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft
  • Janet Burroway
  • English
  • 12 May 2018
  • 022661655X

10 thoughts on “ Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft

  1. Taka says:

    Excellent, with some quibbles Used by creative writing programs all over the U.S., this book pretty much covers everything about the craft The contemporary short stories at the end of each chapter were really good, especially starting from Chapter 4 with Mule Killers by Lydia Peelle.The main focus of the book is literary fiction and is admittedly biased against genre fiction with a convincing reason whereas writing literary fiction can teach you how to write good genre fi Excellent, with some quibbles Used by creative writing programs all over the U.S., this book pretty much covers everything about the craft The contemporary short stories at the end of each chapter were really good, especially starting from Chapter 4 with Mule Killers by Lydia Peelle.The main focus of the book is literary fiction and is admittedly biased against genre fiction with a convincing reason whereas writing literary fiction can teach you how to write good genre fiction, writing genre fiction does not teach yo...

  2. Dave Cullen says:

    This is THE classic how to on writing fiction I used this both as a student and teacher The examples are incredible.Update, Aug 2017 I just bought the 8th edition of this book, and started rereading several chapters again I also went back and reread 10 years ago Even an experienced writer can really benefit from a quick refresher on techniques I ve left behind We each fall into our own writing ways, doing the stuff that has worked for us, and it s remarkable how ma This is THE classic how to on writing fiction I used this both as a student and teacher The examples are incredible.Update, Aug 2017 I just bought the 8th edition of this book, and started rereading several chapters again I also went back and reread 10 years ago Even an experienced writer can really benefit from a quick refresher on techniques I ve left behind We each fall into our own writing ways, doing the stuff that has worked for us, and it s remarkable how many things I m NOT taking advantage of Or techniques that I spurned at another time, didn t feel right for me, but I m in the right place for now.And exceptional book A true gift for writers Note It s really expensive, but thank God for used books I find that if you go back one edition, it s dramatically cheaper The 9th edition is out, so I bought the 8th for 30 Still pricey for a paperback book, but th...

  3. Kathleen says:

    Almost any reader can identify with almost any character what no reader can identify with is confusion.

  4. Steven says:

    I cannot in good conscience give this text anything higher than a two The advice is solid, I m not going to argue against that, but there is far too much meat in the writing that comes across less as solid writing advice andas a formulaic approach to writing This text is full of bland approaches to writing and repeats the same things I ve read in other books The exercises are tedious and boring there is no sense of adventure or experimentation It s a methodical, bland, autopsy of writ I cannot in good conscience give this text anything higher than a two The advice is solid, I m not going to argue against that, but there is far too much meat in the writing that comes across less as solid writing advice andas a formulaic approach to writing This text is full of bland approaches to writing and repeats the same things I ve read in other books The exercises are tedious and boring there is no sense of adventure or experimentation It s a methodical, bl...

  5. Miranda says:

    I am beginning my last semester of a Creative Writing BA program in San Francisco, and out of the many writing books I read Anne Lamott, Stephen King, David Morley, Natalie Goldberg this one came close to perfection It provides students a grounding vocabulary With this book students can discuss the elements of writing rather than rely on anecdote or discuss talent As a student myself, I ve been frustrated by authors and teachers explaining writing as a boundle...

  6. Ellie says:

    I love Janet Burroway s writing I want to read all her work Such a great presence shining through the words And very motivating Just what it says a guide and a very good one It teaches as much about how to read as how to write I ve read it several times want to read it again Soon.

  7. Alice says:

    If your goal is to improve your fictional writing know that this volume is filled with great advice and beautiful examples to help you learn the ways In addition to in depth explanations of how to work with setting, characters, time, space plot and point of view it offers many intriguing writing exercises and fun prompts It s an excellent source of advice to any writer aspiring to be published, or even just if your creative writing is limited to your own entertainment It offers methods to sh If your goal is to improve your fictional writing know that this volume is filled with great advice and beautiful examples to help you learn the ways In addition to in depth explanations of how to work with setting, characters, time, space plot and point of view it offers many intriguing writing exercises and fun prompts It s an excellent source of advice to any writer aspiring to be published, or even just if your creative writing is limited to your own entertainment It offers methods to shape, enrich and enliven the stories by discussing, throughout the book, the main concerns with planning fiction, in its multiple aspects, going beyond outdated advice like Faulkner s kill all your darlings.I was impressed by how the book really seemed to cover all possible realms of the writing process and loved Burroway s airy narration along it One of my favorite textbooks by far Favorite short stories Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff Reply ...

  8. Stef Smulders says:

    Excellent treatment of the elements of fiction, with clear examples, like characterisation, show don t tell, point of view If you do not understand it after reading this book, you will never get it.

  9. Nicole Pramik says:

    This is, without a doubt, probably the go to textbook for college level Creative Writing courses Many years ago I refuse to say how long , this was the text my professor used in his class So the fact it has been in print for years is a testament to the longevity of its advice Though there are pros and cons to this text, both for writers and professors instructors.First the good stuff Despite being a textbook, this book doesn t come across as a hard read It s organized nicel This is, without a doubt, probably the go to textbook for colle...

  10. T.H. Hernandez says:

    This is a comprehensive book on craft that starts with the basics and works deeper with solid examples that drive the point home With detailed chapters on the process of writing, showing vs telling, and creating three dimensional characters and settings, this may be the penultimate book for beginning writers Even intermediate writers will find reminders about all the things we re doing wrong that we knew were wrong, but forgot we were doing Filled with vivid examples to illustrate every less This is a comprehensive book on craft that starts with the basics and works deeper with solid examples that drive the point home With detailed chapters on the process of writing, showing vs telling, and creating three dimensional characters and settings, this may be the penultimate book for beginning writers Even intermediate writers will find reminders about all the things we re doing wrong that we knew were wrong, but forgot we were doing Filled with vivid examples to illustrate every lesson, the book even has a few things forseasoned writers.New writers often have the hardest time grasping the concept of showing vs telling, and this section in Writing Fiction is one of the best yet I ve read, teaching the difference between the two with well written examples perfectly re written to ensure the lesson is learned The section on characterizati...

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