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Writing Fiction Step by Step

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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 conf ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published August 15th 1998 by Story Press Books (first published 1998)
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Бранимир Събев
3.5/5, в полза на писателя - 4. Хубава е книгата, и определено помага на твореца с упражненията си, но не е чак толкова добра и полезна като предишната на същата тематика от Новакович. Все пак, ако искате да потренирате писането си и вече сте минали "Курс по творческо писане", хвърлете един поглед и на тази.
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather Browning
I'm always suspicious of books that 'teach' you how to write fiction, but I think it is worthwhile to have your attention drawn to the elements of fiction - to learn to pay attention to your use of place, imagery, the way you built characters etc. - and this book succeeds in doing so. It also has many many exercises, which allow you to explore and practice these elements, or give you something to work on that might inspire a larger project.
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creative-writing
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like how the book organzines itself into helpful excersise but I really couldnt get into it. I flipped through some pages hoping that I could read it like a normal book but it couldnt.
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing-books
A very useful collection of exercises for fiction writers.
Robin Yaklin
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He has so much to teach that he needs more than one book.
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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 ...more
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