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Technique In Fiction

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Here is one of the most intelligent and useful guides to the craft of fiction ever published. Acknowledged by teachers, students, and writers as the indispensable book in the field, Technique in Fiction has been in print for over two decades. For this fully updated second edition, Robie Macauley and George Lanning have rewritten their discussions of the major technical que ...more
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Published December 31st 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1964)
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Susan Oleksiw
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is not only a standard work for those interested in writing fiction but also a classic in developing an understanding of fiction and how it works. The book is divided into three sections: Conception: The Origins of a Story; Background, Setting, Place, Milieu; and Organic Form and Final Meaning. There is a selected bibliography of other books on writing, and an index. Macauley and his co-author, George Lanning, are extremely well read and include ample examples of their points from a wi ...more
123theone
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book, Technique in Fiction, is a writing advice book filled with tips, suggestions, and many examples. The advice given in this book is excellent and very helpful, especially with examples to show how its done, however, the author, George Lanning, is very irritating. Lanning is definitely the literary type, and often bashes on genre fiction, saying things along the lines of "this type of shallow writing may be fine in genre fiction, but any real writer..." That example may be slightly exagg ...more
Kali VanBaale
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The authors' study and commentary on existing novels and short stories was so interesting and helpful--there are multiple outstanding passages in this book. I thought they gave a nice mix of "academic" type commentary on classic works, as well as practical, nuts-and-bolts observations on craft. And they know their literature, whether or not you agree with their opinions. Definitely not one of those generic "how to write a best seller" type books that have become so popular these days, but an int ...more
Austin Neaves
I think of technique as "a preference in how to do something." And that's exactly what "Technique in Fiction" by Robie Macauley and George Lanning is all about: the different way authors have chosen to write fiction.

What made this book different from others books I've read about writing fiction is it doesn't tell you how to write fiction - it shows you how classical authors have done it.

And that is in many ways the strength and weakness of the book. Charles Dickens, Henry James, Leo Tolstoy, Jam
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Joyce McPherson
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating advice sprinkled with lessons and examples from great writing.
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