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Writing Fiction Step by Step
"Writing Fiction Step by Step" gives you more than 200 exercises that will sharpen your writing skills while helping you develop complete short stories, even novels. In this sequel to his very popular "Fiction Writer's Workshop," Whiting Award-winning author Josip Novakovich shows you that writing fiction is about making connections–between character and plot, setting and ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Story Press Books
(first published 1998)
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This and its companion Fiction Writer's Workshop basically contain a lifetime worth of exercises and inspiration. On par with Gardner's The Art of Fiction, these two books could be the foundation textbooks for a series of creative writing courses: beginner to intermediate to advanced.
This was the writing text for a fiction class I took in college. This book has great explanations of the many different things a writer should know about (i.e. metaphor, plot, character, so on and so on). The big problem with this book is that it just isn't quite as good at getting the writer excited to write. It gives them the tools, but makes the tools feel kind of boring and bland. For a serious writer this is a spot on book, for a beginner just playing with the idea I would recommend somethi ...more
Josip Novakovich (Croatian: Novaković) is a Croatian-American writer. His grandparents had immigrated from the Croatia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Cleveland, Ohio, and, after the First World War, his grandfather returned to what had become Yugoslavia. Josip Novakovich was born (in 1956) and grew up in the Central Croatian town of Daruvar, studied medicine in the northern Serbian ...moreMore about Josip Novakovich...