- Taschenbuch: 448 Seiten
- Verlag: Pearson Education (Us); Auflage: 7 Rev ed (27. April 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0321277368
- ISBN-13: 978-0321277367
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,2 x 2,4 x 23,3 cm
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Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. April 2006
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The most widely used and respected text in its field, Writing Fiction, 7e by novelists Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French guides the novice story writer from first inspiration to final revision by providing practical writing techniques and concrete examples. Written in a tone that is personal and non-prescriptive, the text encourages students to develop proficiency through each step of the writing process, offering an abundance of exercises designed to spur writing and creativity. The text also integrates diverse contemporary short stories in every chapter in the belief that the reading of inspiring fiction goes hand-in-hand with the writing of fresh and exciting stories.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Janet Burroway lectures at Florida State Univerity Susan Weinberg lectures at Appalachian State University
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Reviewed by C J Singh
In the preface to the seventh edition, Burroway notes that "the idea of a text for writing fiction is itself problematic. Unlike such subjects as math and history, where a certain mass of information needs to be organized and conveyed, the writing of fiction is more often a process of trial and error--the learning is perpetual and, paradoxically, the writer needs to know everything at once. If a text is too prescriptive, it's not true to the immense variety of possibilities; if it's too anecdotal, it may be cheering but is unlikely to be of use." Excellent criteria, emerging from the author's decades of writing and teaching experience. And this book succeeds: it's engaging and it isn't too prescriptive.
Comparing the contents of previous editions, I see that Burroway has experimented with different chapter sequences. In the sixth edition, plot discussion began in chapter 2 (page 30); in the seventh edition, plot discussion is relegated to chapter 7 (page 259). Very well, as the writer "needs to know everything at once" anyway, such experimentation could lead to a better text. Burroway's experimentation is, for the most part, based on the feedback she has regularly received from instructors of creative writing. Moreover, the new sequence reflects the author's emphasis on literary fiction, which, she notes "differs from genre fiction fundamentally in the fact that the former is character-driven, the latter plot-driven" (page 413).
The author clearly prefers literary fiction over genre fiction. (In her definition, genre fiction comprises detective story, science fiction, fantasy fiction, romance, adventure, spy, horror, and thriller.) "Writing literary fiction can teach you how to write good genre fiction, writing genre fiction does not teach you how to write good literary fiction--does not teach `how to write,' by which I mean how to be original and meaningful in words." Agreed. But I wonder why the book is not titled Writing Literary Fiction.
The seventh edition, like the previous editions, includes more than twenty-five short stories, most of them by contemporary writers such as Tobias Wolff, Joyce Carol Oates, and Charles Baxter. These three stories were also in the sixth edition. However, the seventh edition has dropped short-short stories altogether. I found writing short-shorts as a fast-track to learning basic fiction-writing skills. (Inspired by the short-shorts in the sixth edition, I wrote five short-shorts, all of which have been accepted for publication in ZYZZYVA literary magazine's August 2007 issue.) The seventh edition's major short-coming is the dropping of short-shorts.
For teaching yourself to write literary fiction, I recommend: beginning with Burroway's "Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft"; next Burroway's "Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft"; followed by Sarah Stone and Ron Nyren's "Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers." (See my amazon listmania list "Writing Literary Fiction: Top Ten Books.")
-- C J Singh