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Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft By Janet Burroway Elizabeth Stuckey-French Ned Stuckey-French,

  • Title: Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft
  • Author: Janet Burroway Elizabeth Stuckey-French Ned Stuckey-French
  • ISBN: 9780205750344
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. 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 ficti [...]

    2. 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 advant [...]

    3. 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 boundless art form that cannot be learned b [...]

    4. 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 and as 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 writing and w [...]

    5. 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 nicely with its topics divi [...]

    6. 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, [...]

    7. I ve used this text for two semesters now, but will be retiring it in the Spring in order to try out Making Shapley Fiction a contemporary short story anthology still TBD The craft essays at the beginning of each chapter are too in depth and analytical for beginning fiction writers, I think As a textbook, this be perfect for students coming in with experience skills I certainly learned a lot, though, and I plan to use some of these terms and explanations of craft elements in relation to each ot [...]

    8. Clearly this book is written for the beginning English major in undergrad the author herself even says so Anyone outside of this demographic probably won t care or will grown bored I fell into the latter group While there were many kernals of good advice, it was all information I had heard before Good reminders, perhaps beyond that, it offered little for me.Overall, this is a good textbook for the undergrad English major I would suggest being cautious with the author s opinions, however There a [...]

    9. Every writer needs this book It s like a text book but not at all dull and full of great instruction on how to discover and execute your story on to the page showing vs telling, the writing process, character text and subtext, methods of character presentation, fictional place and fictional time and I especially like Burroway s chapter on Story Form as an Inverted Check Mark Here she talks about Freitag s famous pyramid of five actions and moves to how the story shape can work as an inverted ch [...]

    10. Wow A truly comprehensive guide full of exercises and examples to hone an author s skills The short stories included are brilliant and well worth reading and I know that I will refer to this book again and again This is my first time through and I plan to re read it in the near future I must admit that if I had read this before submitting writing anywhere, I may have been too intimidated to attempt the process, but I am on track to continue to learn by writing and reading.

    11. In essence this is an okay book for those wishing to learn about the primary aspects of creative writing We used it at uni for a creative writing course, but I found that Janet might have dug a bit deeper and stuck to the basics For the purpose of her book, this is fine, but for my personal purposes it wasn t in depth enough.

    12. This is for committed writers only Expensive, and hard to find on library shelves A highly valuable textbook on the writing process, covering story form, plot, structure, building character, place and setting, and a detailed look at point of view Each section comes with examples of how things do and do not work A graduate course all by itself.

    13. This is a very helpful compendium on all the ways a beginning fiction writer can go awry Helpful examples abound, and included in each section characterization, point of view, structure, etc are excellent stories from top tier writers This book is a keeper.

    14. This is one of my I m not in an MFA program so I m learning from books book It offers a load of information and is well written it has lots of examples from good writing to illustrate points it makes I like it and find it helpful as I work on stories.

    15. 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.

    16. Rarely have I encountered a writing text so dense in wisdom, so practical, and so philosophically astute I love how Burroway segues from specific suggestions to illustrative examples from literature to a unified, comprehensive and comprehendible theory of how fiction works Although these are tricks that can be taught and learned, they partake of the essential nature of creativity, in which several elements are joined to produce not merely a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, but a [...]

    17. Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway introduces the beginning writer to the craft of fiction writing It is divided into nine chapters Each chapter discusses an aspect of fiction writing, follows with example stories, and ends with exercises for practice The instructional sections are a little dry and boring, but this is mainly because the level of detail in them For example, Burroway goes through every single possibility for point of view or explain several metaphors for plot The example stories in [...]

    18. Stories Bonnie Friedman, Message from a Cloud of Flies On Distraction Annie Dillard from The Writing LifeWilliam Carlos Williams The Use of Force Frank O Connor Guests of the Nation Tim O Brien from The Things They Carried Joyce Carol Oates Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been John Edgar Wideman The Tambourine Lady Mary Robison Yours Charles D Ambrosio The Point Tobias Wolff Hunters in the Snow Toni Cade Bambara My Man Bovanne Gabriel Garcia Marquez A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings Denis J [...]

    19. Sidestepping the very heteronormative and male centric ness of imagined characters This book is very similar to Writing Fiction However it s referencing is ridiculously hard to find, so although there are great quotes i can t be sure i have the right reference for it Not only that but the exercises aren t well spaced out, so they seem daunting and less fun.Chapter 3 Showing and Telling, actually had some really good tips of conveying emotion and making scenery or flashbacks real.Chapter 11 Revi [...]

    20. I read this book for a writing group I m in and there s a reason why this is the holy grail when it comes to many advanced high school programs St John s in Houston and university programs The seventh edition uses two to three short stories in order to drive home the lessons and through such I was introduced to some fantastic works by Cheever, Oates and O Connor The book drills down deep into concepts that have also seemed basic, like the use of a simile, for example Then it goes on to talk abou [...]

    21. This writing craft book is into its eighth edition, so one would conclude it s a valuable resource.I d like to say it is, but something in the voice of the book grates on me Is it the phrasing that indicates in my mind at least a superior tone Is it the sense of absolute conviction Is it the literary main stream focus of the examples Is it the wordiness that doesn t seem like is says much Is it that so much of the book s 400 pages is dedicated to short stories rather than discussions about writi [...]

    22. I m reviewing the new 9th edition, which I ll be using for my Advanced Writing Fiction course this semester I used a version of this text in grad school, and I think it does an excellent job at introducing students to the basic terminology of literary fiction The chapter on revision is absolutely fabulous and helpful There is a new publication section as well, which really takes into account the importance of websites, blogs and AWP conference attendance.The stories, too, are diverse in terms of [...]

    23. Janet Burroway s book on the craft of writing is the most inclusive, all encompassing one I have encountered She combines easily digestible discussions on specific issues of craft say point of view with literary examples from well known authors and then exercises for writers to try themselves To say that I have read this book would be misleading I imagine I will return to it again and again and again.

    24. I liked how the author utilized short stories to illustrate different aspects of writing I was not formerly very familiar with the short story form, and I appreciated how much I learned that will help me in writing my novel This book is very well written, well organized, and easy to follow The questions and writing exercises at the end of each chapter were insightful and offered a great opportunity for deeper thought and effective application.

    25. First assigned to me in undergrad, this is also highly recommended by one of my MFA professors The short stories featured in here as examples are some of the most memorable I ve read The lessons themselves I don t remember much of, but are quite comprehensive This is one book I will be coming back to for years to come.

    26. I have never seen a book with smaller type I opened it twice because I didn t believe it was that small Back to the library with this

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