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Follow the Story: How to Write Successful Nonfiction
Follow the Story
How to Write Successful Nonfiction
Paperback      ISBN: 0684850672
Details the techniques necessary to write nonfiction books, articles, feature stories, and memoirs
A Short Story Writer's Companion
A Short Story Writer's Companion
Paperback      ISBN: 0195135555
Ideal for anyone interested in writing short stories or for introductory courses in fiction writing, A Short Story Writer's Companion is a highly accessible guide to the craft of creating short fiction. Written in an engaging style, this book enables beginning writers to recognize what works in writing short stories, what doesn't, and why. Part One of A Short Story Writer's Companion discusses fictional truth and significant detail, helping students of the form to make good sense of the often taught creative writing maxim, "Show, don't tell!" Part Two delves into the elements of fiction: character, point of view, plot, setting and time, metaphor, and voice. The author uses specific examples from a variety of widely anthologized short stories to demonstrate how each component functions as a part of the whole and offers advice on the techniques of using each of the elements successfully. Part Three closely examines the fiction-writing process and helps guide writers who may never have written a short story before through drafting, revising, and polishing short stories of their own.
Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths
Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths
Hardcover      ISBN: 0060536993
Collects hundreds of paradoxical and contradictory observations by a range of writers, politicians, philosophers, and public figures, in a language-lover's reference to such phrases as "Less is more" and "Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth." 20,000 first printing.
Legacy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Personal History
A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Personal History
Paperback      ISBN: 080401003x
A guide to writing one's memoirs, either alone or with the help of friends and family, shows how to unlock the memories and stories of a lifetime and how to gain insight into one's past. Simultaneous. UP.
On Becoming a Novelist
On Becoming a Novelist
Paperback      ISBN: 0393320030
An indispensable reference for anyone who hopes to become a novelist, written with intelligence and humor by a twenty-five-year veteran of the field, includies everything from tips on writer's workshop to information about agents. Reprint.
The Classic Guide to Better Writing
The Classic Guide to Better Writing
Paperback      ISBN: 0062730487
Tells how to find ideas and organize them, and offers advice on editing, vocabulary, diction, grammar, bias-free language, sentence structure, and quotations
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0385480016
A step-by-step guide to writing and managing the writer's life covers each portion of a written project, addresses such concerns as writer's block and getting published, and offers awareness and survival tips
The Screenwriter's Workbook
The Screenwriter's Workbook
Paperback      ISBN: 0440582253
Offers practical advice on plot structure, characterization, dialog, research, and rewriting, and suggests writing exercises to improve one's screenwriting skills
Characters and Viewpoint
Characters and Viewpoint
Paperback      ISBN: 0898799279
Describes the function of characters in a story, discusses motive, stereotypes, models, minor characters, comedy, and transformation
The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers
The Art of Fiction
A Guide for Writers and Readers
Paperback      ISBN: 0452281547
In 1958, Ayn Rand, already the world-famous author of such bestselling books as Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, gave a private series of extemporaneous lectures in her own living room on the art of fiction. Tore Boeckmann and Leonard Peikoff for the first time now bring readers the edited transcript of these exciting personal statements. The Art of Fiction offers invaluable lessons, in which Rand analyzes the four essential elements of fiction: theme, plot, characterization, and style. She demonstrates her ideas by dissecting her best-known works, as well as those of other famous authors, such as Thomas Wolfe, Sinclair Lewis, and Victor Hugo. An historic accomplishment, this compendium will be a unique and fascinating resource for both writers and readers of fiction.