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Fiction Writers Handbook

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This book offers practical advice on every aspect of writing novels and short stories: plotting and narrative development, characterization and dialogue, sources of material, planning an opening, roughing out chapters, using suspense and emotional color, rewriting and highlighting and much more. Examples drawn from the works of outstanding writers, past and present, illust ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 27th 1993 by Harper Perennial (first published October 1st 1979)
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Taylor Michaels
This is my favorite book about writing fiction. Many times I have wondered what can I do to make my book better. And many times, I have picked up the Fiction Writer's Handbook and found the answer.

A few days ago, my wife had a doctor's appointment. As I sat in the waiting room reading this book, I couldn't help thinking that it had so many good ideas. I made notes and when I got home, rewrote the beginning of my latest effort. It is much better. I may not be a great writer because of FWH, but I
Jul 07, 2008 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: aspiring writers
This book was given to me a long time ago. Essentially, it explores the craft of writing fiction in the classical sense. Topics covered include such things as plot, characters, and writing a punchy first paragraph. The main focus of this book is on the short story, as the writer and her late husband where the driving force behind STORY magazine for nearly thirty years from the 1940's to the 1970's. The novella and the novel are also looked at briefly.

One entertaining aspect of this book is that
Fredrick Danysh
The author draws upon her long experience as co-editor of Story Magazine to give advice and tips on writing fiction. She discusses the elements and addresses both short stories and full length novels.
I marked a lot of passages in this book. There's a lot of insight into the art/craft of writing fiction, but also an air of literary superiority and egoism that tainted the book for me. Glad to be done with it.
Especially good in its focus on shorter fiction, this book covers a lot of basics as well as philosophical discussion about the purpose of writing.
This is a great book to have. It has exercises about how to write novel and what mistakes to avoid. It's a good book to use as a reference.
The best book on writing for beginners...and for veterans.
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