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The Art and Craft of Novel Writing

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Like a muse for the writer, Oakley Hall thoughtfully leads us past the sinkholes of cliches, flat prose, and self-conscious writing and guides us toward the magic of vivid and original storytelling. ...An essential resource for any writer -- beginning, published, or just plain stuck. -- Amy TanOakley Hall cites the works and methods of such great novelists as John Steinbec ...more
Paperback, 219 pages
Published February 28th 1995 by Story Press Books (first published 1989)
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Nov 05, 2010 Kris rated it really liked it
I'm not going to review this because I didn't--couldn't--read the whole thing. One day I will, because I loved what I did read (which was about 50 pages). From what I could see, it's not a "how-to" on writing. There are no exercises or direct tips. Rather, Hall discusses the various tools and methods other writers use, citing examples from literary greats. It is enlightening, but not instructive. But these types of books on writing have their place on our shelves as well as those with "practical ...more
Feb 21, 2008 Miranda rated it really liked it
Good information... interesting and thought provoking - great for getting your feet wet in the world of creating fiction.
Jun 28, 2008 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: academic
OK, Oakley is a guru of the craft. He's from my neck of the woods, a neighbor down in Irvine, so I can't go off on him. He might come over and write me to death. He's got great credentials but if you've been writing for some time, nothing new here. I actually read this book after I wrote my second novel (I've written several since), and found it quite enlightening. However, as any writer worth his/her salt will do, I ignored what didn't work for me, at least within the book I was writing. I alwa ...more
Jul 15, 2014 ShiraHE rated it liked it
Somewhat dated, but quite useful, even after having read several other books on novel writing. Still had fresh information to offer, and many classic books the author insists that writers must read (with writerly eyes, no doubt, as now I can no longer read just for fun...), and samples of his own synopsis and novel notes.
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Jan 26, 2010 K.J. Kron rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-writing
This is a book that English teachers should read even more than writers. He goes over all the literary terms that make writing great, and then gives examples. Good stuff. But if you're looking for a book that's going to make you a better writer, this probably isn't it. It will make you more aware - and that makes it worthwhile.
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Aug 20, 2013 Michael Valiant rated it really liked it
The writing, and topical examples are a little dated for a modern audience, but the advice and layout of this 'how to write' book are excellent!

A must read for all aspiring writers.
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Oakley Hall also wrote under the nom de plume of O.M. Hall and Jason Manor.

Oakley Maxwell Hall was an American novelist. He was born in San Diego, California, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and served in the Marines during World War II. Some of his mysteries were published under the pen names "O.M. Hall" and "Jason Manor." Hall received his Master of Fine Arts in English fr
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