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SIn this comprehensive guide award winning writer and teacher Josip Novakovich explores every aspect of the art of fiction and provides all the tools and techniues you'll need to develop day to day discipline as well as a personal writing style such as More than 100 writing exercises including dozens that are new to this edition that challenge you to experiment with diverse writing styles Specific statements of purpose for each exercise to help guide you and in. There s a familiarity that comes from reading a lot of writing books and certainly Novakovich s book spends time on things you ll have read elsewhere But it s good to be reminded of these lessons and they come with some excellent practice exercises His breakdown of subjects like forms of humour also gave me some interesting new food for thought Trial of a Feminizer provides all the tools and techniues you'll need to develop day to day discipline as well as a The Breach of Crowns personal writing style such as More than 100 writing exercises including dozens that are new to this edition that challenge you to experiment with diverse writing styles Specific statements of Icebergs purpose for each exercise to help guide you and in. There s a familiarity that comes from reading a lot of writing books and certainly Novakovich s book spends time on things you ll have read elsewhere But it s good to be reminded of these lessons and they come with some excellent The Line practice exercises His breakdown of subjects like forms of humour also gave me some interesting new food for thought

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Fiction Writer's Workshop

Struct you at every step of the creative process Self critiue uestions to help you assess your work and identify strengths and weaknesses before moving on to the next lesson The full text of eight acclaimed short stories with analysis and exercises to provide models for your own writing and help reinforce the lessons you've learnedThe practical insightful methods offered in this workshop will clarify your voice broaden your perspective and strengthen your ficti. A great source for fiction writers although it falls short in some areas Each section begins with a lecture of some sort with examples and thoughts then numerous assignmentsIt s divided into Sources of Fiction Setting Character Plot Point of View Dialogue and Scenes Beginnings and Endings Description and Word Choice Voice then RevisionThe chapter on gathering story ideas is pretty generic but useful in a broad way He lists some general things to trigger your thinking like childhood friends stories you hear but that s as far as it goesSetting is divided into many sections all useful very informative alive with detail If you had a problem with setting before this is up your alleyThe character section discusses round characters their mannerisms appearance etc It has useful comments but again is all generalPlot is a great chapter he discusses character conflict plots non confrontational plots and combinations He mentions a note card techniue for generating plots but as before it s of an educational guide and not an inspirational one I didn t find much useful advice for organizing or structuring a storyHis point of view is loaded with stuff I ve never seen before I consider this one of the best chapters the book offersThe only problems I had was the guide was written in a sort of stuffy way at times Also many of the story examples used were not works I read or have an interest in reading literary types work that you focus on in school Because of this it was a bit harder for me to get drawn into these sorts of examplesOverall though it s a great guide for writing itself not necessarily novel writing or short stories alone

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Master the Elements of the Writing WorkshopThe great paradox of the writing life is that to be a good writer you must be both interested in the world around you and comfortable working in solitude for hours on end Fiction Writer's Workshop Second Edition is designed to help you foster a strong sense of independence of being and thinking on your own of becoming self evaluative without being self critical in order to accomplish what others seek in classroom group. If you re looking for a writing book where an author riffs on writing for a while looks elsewhere It reads casual than a textbook would but Fiction Writer s Workshop demands a lot of work out of the reader If you re not willing to go through it performing most of the exercises you re not going to get the most out of it Granted I ve yet to redo the whole book doing all the exercises but as far as I ve gotten I ve consistently found stories that I didn t know I had in me The author takes the approach of throwing as many techniues your way as possible and then asking you to experiment with them You ll embrace some and loathe others and in the process you ll find out about yourself as a writer and end up with a few pieces that you ll definitely want to work on some FWW probably has value if you re a beginner with the dedication to write everyday and learn the craft or an aspiring writer who s had trouble actually getting stories completed If you ve been published and are just looking for a source of new ideas this is probably a path you ve already been down before


10 thoughts on “Fiction Writer's Workshop

  1. says:

    Okay okay so I always complain about books on writing yet I am constantly reading books on writing either for classes or as craft markers for my own practice This one was actually pretty good First of all its written by an accomplished author that's crucial for me at this point Secondly it presents itself as a textbook One

  2. says:

    If you're looking for a writing book where an author riffs on writing for a while looks elsewhere It reads casual than a textbook would but Fiction Writer's Workshop demands a lot of work out of the reader If you're not willing to go through it performing most of the exercises you're not going to get the most out of it Gra

  3. says:

    Oh my God From ideas in the first couple of chapters I wrote three count 'em THREE short stories Similar output throughout the rest of the book Love it

  4. says:

    I was introduced to this book last year through participation of an Open University online course so got myself a copy It's written in plain English without the sanctimonious habit many instructive authors have of loading everything with mysterious jargon andor elusive frilly words not used since Dickens was a lad This means that it's a book which extends a welcome to new writers rather than making them feel ou

  5. says:

    There's a familiarity that comes from reading a lot of writing books and certainly Novakovich's book spends time on things you'll have read elsewhere But it's good to be reminded of these lessons and they come wi

  6. says:

    A very good resource for new and seasoned writers I am moving into the fiction genre and this book is very helpful especially the exercises Even

  7. says:

    It's super basic Some of the examples are taken out of context and the suggested changes are absurd The exercises are really the only reason to get this book

  8. says:

    I found Fiction Writer’s Workshop to be very informative There was a lot of information in this book that I had previously learned but had almost forgotten While reading the book when I learned about a new techniue or was re familiarized with an old I would suddenly feel inspired to write just to test the techniues out Novakovich does an excellent job of breaking down by chapter the fundamental principles of writing

  9. says:

    A great source for fiction writers although it falls short in some areas Each section begins with a lecture of so

  10. says:

    This book covers basic elements of fiction setting plot character beginnings endings dialogue narritive voice POV and revising Each chapter provides multiple examples using works of fiction and exercises and checklists for further wr

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