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Making Shapely Fiction

Jerome Stern



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WW Norton & Co
08 January 2010
Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page?hether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. Jerome Stern maintains that learning to write spontaneously is the first step to writing well. You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles of momentum, tension, and immediacy. Tension, Stern says, is the mother of fiction. When tension and immediacy combine, the story begins. Dialogue and action, beginnings and endings, the true meaning of write what you know, and a memorable listing of don?s for fiction writers are all covered. A special section features an Alphabet for Writers: entries range from Accuracy to Zigzag, with enlightening comments about such matters as Cliffhangers, Point of View, Irony, and Transitions.
Imprint:   WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   255g
ISBN:   9780393321241
ISBN 10:   039332124X
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Making Shapely Fiction

Jerome Stern has done us all a favor with this canny little book. If you are interested in writing; ?read it now?. This is an expert writer and teacher sending his notes from the trenches. Never has caution been so exhilarating, advice so wry. I will use this book. --Ron Carlson, author of The Hotel Eden

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