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Writing fiction : an introduction to the craft
Disher, Garry, 1949-
Personal Author:
[Revised edition].
Publication Information:
Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, [2001]

Physical Description:
xiii, 217 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Previous ed.: Ringwood, Vic. : Penguin, 1989.
Reading Level:
1280 Lexile.
Format :


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PN3355 .D57 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Useful for writers at any level or age, this guide explains the basic steps to effective fiction writing. From an award-winning author, sound, practical advice is included on the most significant elements of fiction, such as plot, character development, and voice, and strategies are provided for the effective use of tense and the dialogue. All forms of fiction are explored, including novels, novellas, short stories, and crime fiction. In addition, the writing concepts introduced are illustrated with examples from a wide variety of known writers, presenting a candid picture of the pleasure and pitfalls from a wide range of fiction-writing experiences.

Author Notes

Garry Disher is the author of several novels, short story collections, writers' handbooks, and children's books, including The Sunken Road , which was nominated for the Booker Prize.

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Library Journal Review

Australian fiction writer Disher (The Sunken Road) has written a useful handbook for the beginning writer of fiction. "It's pointless to wait for inspiration," Disher advises would-be writers, who, he argues, should "write whether [they] feel like it or not." He then takes the developing writer through all the stages of the writing process, from finding story ideas to understanding how characters and dialog work to reveal plot. Separate chapters focus on issues specific to the various forms of fiction. Disher warns that it takes more than absorbing characters and exciting plots to compel readers: "The words on the page-the style-must also compel." Hence, a chapter each is devoted to practical tips on using language economically and dealing with writer's block. "Do it, don't tell me about it," exclaims Disher-good advice comes from a writer who does just that. The concluding section lists a wonderful array of sources for further reading that the author draws upon throughout the book. Highly recommended for beginning students of creative writing.-Herbert E. Shapiro, SUNY/Empire State Coll., Rochester (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.