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Escribir ficción: Guía práctica de la famosa escuela de escritores de Nueva York

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,774 ratings  ·  187 reviews
El Gotham Writers' Workshop es en la actualidad la escuela de escritura creativa más prestigiosa de Estados Unidos. Escribir ficción recoge de un modo práctico y accesible las técnicas que han hecho famosa a esta escuela en todo el mundo. En este libro encontrarás:

-Los elementos fundamentales del oficio de escribir: personaje, argumento, punto de vista, etcétera, explicado
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 2012 by Alba Editorial (first published 2003)
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Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
When I expected a book for writing, I expected a long list of tedious grammar rules and endless lectures about good versus bad, great versus crap, good versus evil - the writing guide cliches. Instead, this writer's guide touches on anything and anything there really is about writing, from characters to story to plot development to publishing. Even formatting a manuscript can be found hidden in these pages.

This writer's guide takes the reader from the normal typed nonsense of a guide with no bre
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is wonderful. It's filled with so much useful information. I found it very unique that each chapter was written by a different person.

It has everything; from characters, to setting, to finding a voice. Maybe the most helpful chapter of all is the last one. It gives you tips on everything from magazines that publish short stories, to finding an agent. It even gives you sample query letters for both short story and a novel.

Throughout the book there are also exercises you can do to pract
Jay  The Crippled God
This book was the main reference and complementary resource for my "Fiction-I" Gotham writers' writing workshop and it shall forever be a reference in reading about writing<3 Thank you for such a wonderful book. ...more
Rebecca Graf
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to be a writer, you need to realize that there is a certain degree of having the gift of writing and a certain amount of knowledge that needs to be learned. The part you learn helps you fine tune the gift and improve what you are already good at. Gotham Writer’s Workshop: Writing Fiction is a book to do just that.

This is a non-fiction book that is designed to help you as a writer improve on your art. Chapters cover characters, plots, descriptions, dialogue, setting, voice, pace, them
Charlotte Burt
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I may have finished reading this from cover to cover but I doubt I will truly be finished with the exercises for many years. It is a complete guide to writing fiction of any length, and as a bonus, you get the wonderful short story by Raymond Carver, Cathedral which is referred to many times in the text. The version I read was published in 2003 and didn't mention self-publishing e-books at all. It is understandably is very US-centric. Overall a useful book to an aspiring author. ...more
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent guide to writing fiction. The exercises in this book may make it seem extreme but this is the exact approach one needs to get started somewhere. This is one book that I will be referring to again and again.
Salem Lorot
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writer-s-craft
Great tips on writing fiction. When I have my first draft, these are the kinds of helpful lessons to put into practice.
Table of Contents

1. Fiction: The What, How, and Why of It, by Alexander Steele
2. Character: Casting Shadows, by Brandi Reissenweber
3. Plot: A Question of Focus, by David Harris Ebenbach
4. Point of View: The Complete Menu, by Valerie Vogrin
5. Description: To Picture in Words, by Chris Lombardi
6. Dialogue: Talking It Up, by Allison Amend
7. Setting and Pacing:
8. Voice: The Sound of a Story, by Hardy Griffin
9. Theme: So What's Your Story Really About?, by Terry Bain
10. Revision: Real Writers Revis
Phil Giunta
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After publishing my first novel, I wanted to achieve a deeper understanding of writing fiction. You never stop learning, no matter your stature as a writer. This book is very informative and has helped to make the outline and first draft of my second novel much stronger. There are wonderful exercises and great explanations and examples for such topics as character, dialogue, POV, plot, story and the sometime nebulous theme. I would recommend this book as invaluable asset to all those looking to ...more
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
It took me awhile to actually sit down and read this book from beginning to end. Oh, I started it a few times, but I think I was overwhelmed by the wealth of advice it gives and at the time I was procrastinating on some of the stuff I'd been writing.

Nevertheless, I was very pleased with this book. I think it's an excellent guide to the nuts and bolts of writing fiction. It's definitely a book I'll be returning to again and again. I highly recommend it.
Dee Waite
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think out of all of my self-help books on writing, this has to be the most treasured. This book just works for me. I love the simple approach, explanations, examples, and advice. It all makes sense to me when I read this book - so, as you can guess, I read it often. I've only had it about three months, but it already looks like it's at least two years old and used regularly. You can't go wrong here. ...more
Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while, I'll pull this out and reread all or part of it. It gets me into a writing mode, and it broadens my creative thinking. I really like the non-stuffy tone it's written in, and it's one of those books I can pick up, turn to a random page and find a little gem of information or an exercise that I need at the moment. ...more
Brock Books
Jan 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OK Boomers, a new cover won't hide that outdated dialogue chapter. The examples in this book are every disappointing novel they try to force on teens. I can't recommend the examples, so I can't recommend the book. Dated POV terminology.

If LitFic is for you, you might enjoy this antique. SpecFic should steer clear.
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 2 stars

This was pretty entertaining and had some interesting writerly insight, but otherwise just elaborated on very basic (often outdated) writing advice. I pretty much knew everything this book had to say beforehand. There are much better fiction writing guides out there.
Apr 06, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book. We used it as a textbook for a writing class. I would have rather had a real textbook. I think I used some of the pages as toilet paper when I ran out one time.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-writers
A series of essays written by people with solid experience. For a new writer, this could be useful but most of the information can be found in dozens of other places. Very little that was new.
Jeff Van Valer
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: craft-of-writing
I've been writing for a long time. For almost all that time, I've wondered what was wrong with what I produced. In high school, we heard things like, "You have to know the rules of writing before you're allowed to break them." The advice was patently unhelpful. I knew about split infinitives, prepositions at the ends of sentences, run-ons and fragments. But still, anything and everything about style, structure, and meaning in my writing was wrong. It did more telling than showing. It incriminate ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good summary of writing fiction with many strong examples. It covers all bases, but the section regarding publishing is perhaps a little outdated with so many online avenues these days. I didn't do any of the exercises, but they probably help the learning process.

Most of the examples are from a short story, The Cathedral, but there are other stories mixed in with appropriate context. Each example's relevance to the teachings is explained with concise language. There is a lot of data in the book,
Nev March
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: writers
Shelves: writing-craft
This is a how-to-do-it book that engages, doesn't talk down, and is chock full of useful information.
Each chapter is written by a notable writer, and leverages writing from great books as examples. I found myself adding many of these names to my reading list! The content is spot on: great chapters on character, dialog, plot, theme, setting, language/style and more.

Note: The older edition has some advice on querying that is no longer relevant in today's digital industry. However the material on
Jen Ghastin
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After studying Creative Writing Fiction at UCSC and then getting my MFA in Creative Writing at SJSU, you would think I would not need a book like this. But the truth is... there were gaps in my understanding of the writing process, and this book did a pretty good job at closing some of those up. Specifically, considering characters and their motivations first. Then, anchoring with a dramatic question. Making sure action/ plot results from the actions/ choice of characters, etc. Also really great ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great starting point for new writers — and an excellent book to revisit with more experience (I dip back into this one now and then). This is a complete toolbox for the fiction writer, and what’s nice about approach is that it remains very practical while still focusing on “literary fiction.” Some writing books lean too heavily on screenwriting tips and lessons from mainstream genre fiction (why do so many writing books contain examples from movies?!), while others feel like reading manuals on m ...more
Aya Zain
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guys, this book is AMAZING. I've been looking for this title for years as well as my print copy due to all the super neat pointers and steps in this book... I was assigned this book as a reading for one of my college classes, and it has helped me shape and improve my writing style in college. It gives you ideas on what to write about, how to come up with new ideas, character development, and so much more. 10/10 recommend to anyone looking to write more. ...more
Holly Allen
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great parts, some mediocre. The chapters on POV, publishing, and character are great and unique to what I’ve seen elsewhere. Other chapters, however, are ho-hum and about what you’d find on the blog of a helpful editor. Still, the POV and publishing chapters (and voice to a lesser extent) were so good that I had to give it four stars. The POV chapter writer made two references to autism that seemed totally unnecessary and offensive but I didn’t notice any other major issues.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Writing Fiction is a detailed writing guide covering all parts of the writing process from genesis to publication. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of writing fiction, with plenty of examples drawn from both short stories and novels. I think this is an excellent guide and one I'll continually refer back to while writing. ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great and comprehensive manual about writing fiction. As a professional playwright/screenwriter (and now aspiring novelist), it helped me understand the similarities and differences between both media, and how to navigate the world of narrative. Highly recommended.
Matt A
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not, nor have I ever been, much of a writer. But I estimate this to be an invaluable resource for that ilk. The true treasure here is the short story vignettes which are then analyzed in detail discussing what worked great, and what flopped.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read (most of) this book for my writing fiction class this semester. Me, I do not want to be a writing. Sounds very hard with not a lot of returns, but if you need a book to walk you through some tips would recommend! It’s helped me a bit with my work.
Kristina Johnston
Indispensable guide to writing short fiction and novels. Great exercises to follow along throughout each chapter. Each chapter is a different writer giving the guide a fresh perspective. Loved it!
Hufflepuff Book Reviewer
A good book of advice for people who want to craft powerful fiction, even if the advice given didn't feel particularly original. ...more
Very clear and easy to understand.
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