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Writing Fiction: An Introduction to the Craft

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Useful for writers at any level or age, this guide explains the basic steps to effective fiction writing. From an award-winning author, sound, practical advice is included on the most significant elements of fiction, such as plot, character development, and voice, and strategies are provided for the effective use of tense and the dialogue. All forms of fiction are explored ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Allen Unwin (first published July 3rd 1984)
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Sep 08, 2015 Kellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic resource for new writers

A really accessible, readable book laying bare the basic elements of fiction writing: setting, POV, character, plot, structure, outlines are all covered along with commonsense advice on how to put it all together, with lots of examples.

Particularly worthwhile were the invaluable tips Disher gives to help new writers to get over the hurdles most likely to stop a newbie in their tracks: writers block, lack of ideas, and diagnostics to get a story back on track.

Joyce McPherson
Dec 09, 2016 Joyce McPherson rated it really liked it
A practical book that taught me to ask myself: what is the scene for each chapter and what is its function? He recommends increasing speech and action. There should be a hook and a tag (turning point or summary) for each scene, and a balance between scenes and summaries. This book contains two valuable chapters on “The Words on the Page” and “Troubleshooting.”
Feb 27, 2014 Joel rated it liked it
The first few chapters and the final few chapters were good. The middle stuff was covered somewhere between 4th and 6th grade for me...
Amanda O'Shea
May 13, 2013 Amanda O'Shea rated it it was amazing
I read this while I was doing a short writing course. I learned heaps by doing the course, but this book was amazing. I will be referring to it many times in the years to come!
Aug 08, 2010 Evelyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I've read a lot of writing advice books, and this one was just average. Nothing too special, though the analysis of the short story was interesting.
Brett Buckley
Jun 09, 2014 Brett Buckley rated it liked it
Shelves: writing
Not ultimately memorable.
Winston Brown
Dec 08, 2012 Winston Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most informative I have read on the subject. Best yet.
Sep 19, 2015 Leticia rated it really liked it
The first edition of this book is quite simply one of the best I've read on the topic.
The second edition pales in comparison. I wish I hadn't let friends loan my original!
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Garry Disher was born in 1949 and grew up on his parents' farm in South Australia.

He gained post graduate degrees from Adelaide and Melbourne Universities. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first short story collection. He travelled widely overseas, before returning to Australia, where he taught creative writing, finally becoming a full
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