Writing Fiction

Writing Fiction : An Introduction to the Craft

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The art of writing fiction successfully requires not only talent but craft. This book is a guide to that craft - for writers who want to understand and master the basics of what makes a novel or story work well.

The principles and sound practical advice offered arise from Garry Disher's own deep experience as a professional writer, as well as a teacher of writing, an editor of collections, and a judge for fiction awards. Disher illustrates his points with examples from many other Australian and international fiction writers, presenting a candid picture of the pleasures and pitfalls across a diversity of fiction-writing experiences.

Ranging across from the most significant elements of fiction, such as plot characterisation and voice, to fine details like the use of tense, Disher's hands-on advice can only help fiction writers write better fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 130 x 195 x 17.27mm | 210g
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • Rev & Exp.
  • 1865085898
  • 9781865085890
  • 40,750

Table of contents

Author's note

1. Becoming a Writer

2. What is Fiction?

3. Ideas for Stories and Novels

4. Character

5. Dialogue

6. Point of View

7. Plot

8. Planning

9. Structure

10. Setting

11. Writing a Short Story

12. Writing a Novel

13. The Words on the Page

14. Troubleshooting

Further Reading

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Review quote

A useful handbook for the beginning writer of fiction. "Library Journal""
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About Garry Disher

Garry Disher grew up in rural South Australia and now lives near the Victorian Coast. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, California, where he wrote his first short-story collection. A full-time writer for many years, he is the author of novels, short story collections, writers' handbooks, anthologies, and books for children.

His novel The Sunken Road (A+U 1996), was shortlisted for several major awards and nominated for the Booker Prize by his English publisher.
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