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Title:
Telling the tale : the African-American fiction writer's guide
Author:
Benson, Angela.
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Edition:
Berkley trade paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Books, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xi, 212 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780425170540
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

In this one-of-a-kind guide, Angela Benson offers step-by-step guidance for black writers--from getting started to revising complete drafts--for anyone who has a tale to tell. Featuring tools, techniques, and illustrative examples from the best black writers of our day, this book will help writers learn to:* find their own style * create characters readers will care about * capture voices from their community * write natural-sounding dialogue * mine personal experience for detail * weave a compelling story * and more...Telling the Tale also includes helpful exercises, worksheets, and tips to show African-American writers how to perfect their craft.


Author Notes

Angela Benson has written seven books and a novella, and has given numerous workshops and presentations on writing.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
A Writer's Talep. vii
Telling Your Talep. x
1 Being a Writer Means Writingp. 1
Overnight Success Storiesp. 1
Exercise 1p. 5
The Writer's Voicep. 5
Exercise 2p. 11
Not Enough Hours in the Dayp. 12
Exercise 3p. 16
Goal-Setting Worksheetp. 17
2 Telling Stories, Writing Booksp. 19
Telling Storiesp. 19
Exercise 4p. 23
Writing Booksp. 24
Exercise 5p. 25
3 The Plot Thickensp. 26
Plottingp. 26
Building the Plot Outlinep. 32
Plot Structurep. 32
Example 1 Longer Mainstream Bookp. 37
Example 2 Shorter Mainstream Bookp. 39
Example 3 Short Inspirational Romance with Publisher Guidelinesp. 40
Exercise 6p. 41
Plot Development Toolsp. 42
Example 4 Free-writing and Outlining (Short Genre)p. 43
Example 5 Free-writing and Outlining (Long Mainstream)p. 50
Exercise 7p. 58
4 Creating Believable Charactersp. 59
Where to Startp. 60
Exercise 8p. 63
But They All Look Alikep. 64
Exercise 9p. 66
A Word About Motivationp. 66
But My Characters Are Blackp. 67
Tools for Creating Charactersp. 67
Generating Character Typesp. 69
Exercise 10p. 73
The Character Profilep. 74
Character Profile Worksheetp. 75
Example 6 Character Profile (Roy, To Kill For)p. 80
Example 7 Character Profile (Kenneth, To Kill For)p. 83
Example 8 Revised Plot Outline (To Kill For)p. 86
Exercise 11p. 90
The Character Interviewp. 90
Example 9 Character Interview (Jackie, The Gift of Love)p. 91
Example 10 Revised Plot Outline (The Gift of Love)p. 99
Exercise 12p. 101
5 Don't Guess, Research!p. 102
Why Do Researchp. 103
What Needs Researchp. 104
When to Researchp. 108
How to Conduct Researchp. 109
How to Use Your Research in Your Storyp. 115
Example 11 Research Questions (To Kill For)p. 115
Exercise 13p. 117
6 Whose Point of View Is It?p. 119
Exercise 14p. 128
7 Thinking, Speaking, and Doingp. 130
Dialoguep. 132
Exercise 15p. 136
Interior Monologuep. 137
Exercise 16p. 140
Show, Don't Tellp. 141
Exercise 17p. 143
Modified Character Profile Worksheetp. 143
8 Scenesp. 149
The Action Phasep. 150
The Reaction Phasep. 151
Building Story Scenesp. 153
Example 12 Action-Reaction Sequence (The Gift of Love)p. 155
Plot and the Action-Reaction Phasesp. 158
Example 13 Action-Reaction Sequence (To Kill For)p. 159
Story Scene--Book Scene--Plot Mapping Tablep. 160
Exercise 18p. 163
9 Chaptersp. 165
Exercise 19p. 169
10 To Write Is to Revisep. 171
First-Level Revisionsp. 172
Second-Level Revisionsp. 173
Example 14 Book Scene Summary Tablep. 176
Third-Level Revisionsp. 177
Revision Checklistp. 179
Exercise 20p. 183
Final Wordsp. 184
Appendix A Worksheetsp. 186
Appendix B Exercisesp. 201