Doujinn Altogether this is a very good writing book, as far as writing books go. You will see how a Which maing me to reviewing this book. Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page—whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles of momentum, tension, and immediacy.
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Apr 17, Rebekah rated it really liked it 1 Sentence Summary: Advice on writing. My Thoughts: The advice was pretty good and helpful but not the best Ive seen. Recommend to: Aspiring writers. The first part of the book, which deals with different "shapes" of fiction thus explaining the somewhat embarrassing title is excellent.
The A-Z section, though, is a bit didactic, and lacks the fun and creative tone of the first half although the examples of good and bad prose are equally entertaining- where are they from? Still, this section has some good advice and insights, and by the end the tone has lightened up a bit and it seems less preachy and patronizing. Altogether this is a very good writing book, as far as writing books go. I say this as someone who owns scores of how-to-write books and has been reading them for the past 40 years.
I came across this book as required reading in the now defunct UC Davis creative writing program. I could see immediately why they chose it. The first half of the book is outstanding, the second half merely great. The first half discusses a variety of story-forms, structures, that are useful to solve problems or Wow. The first half discusses a variety of story-forms, structures, that are useful to solve problems or achieve a result.
The book came close to making me switch from poetry writing to fiction writing in grad school. Caution: it makes it nearly impossible to ignore the "novel ideas" drawer in your desk.
Making Shapely Fiction
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