Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (8th edition)
By Janet Burroway, Elizabeth Stuckey-French and Ned Stuckey-French
The most widely used and respected book on writing fiction, Writing Fiction guides the writer from first inspiration to final revision. Supported by an abundance of writing exercises, this guide/anthology explores and integrates the elements of fiction while offering practical techniques and concrete examples. A focus on the writing process in its entirety, this book provides a comprehensive guide to writing fiction, approaching distinct elements in separate chapters while building on what has been covered earlier. Topics include free-writing to revision, plot, style, characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, imagery, and point of view. The book also discusses key issues including writing workshops and using autobiography as a basis for fiction. An anthology of diverse, modern and contemporary short stories illustrates concepts while offering variety in pacing and exposure to this increasingly popular form. The eighth edition also features more short short stories than any previous edition and includes quotation boxes that offer advice and inspirational words from established writers on a wide range of topics – such as writing from experience, story structure, openings and endings, and revision. For those interested in developing their creative writing skills.