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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Writing Fiction: An Introduction to the Craft

  1. 5 out of 5

    CriminalRepurcussions

    Not being a writer, but having always been curious about how to set out a plan to write a book, then discover how to do all the nittygritty to make it engaging for people to want to read it, I bought this mainly to discover what writers have to go through to become successful in their own eyes, and make sales, therefore successful in publishers' and readers' eyes. I know what artists go through and sculptors, but no idea how to write a book. It is wonderful. So many angles on every conceivable d Not being a writer, but having always been curious about how to set out a plan to write a book, then discover how to do all the nittygritty to make it engaging for people to want to read it, I bought this mainly to discover what writers have to go through to become successful in their own eyes, and make sales, therefore successful in publishers' and readers' eyes. I know what artists go through and sculptors, but no idea how to write a book. It is wonderful. So many angles on every conceivable decision a writer needs to make, how to this and that, and what to leave out, such an eye opener! Authors have my admiration. Many writers just babble on chick-lit style. (There's so much same-ness out there, therefore it's refreshing to find concisely different but thrilling and driving crime stories, with fully fleshed characters minus the 'soapie' side of it. When I find such an author I follow that author's books.) I have neither the desire nor the patience to write, nor perhaps the ability, but this book gives a fantastic 'appreciation' of what writers go through to achieve their personal goal. A generously written introduction to coax people along in their goals, for that this author has my admiration. Disher's mentoring is philanthropic in spirit, he didn't have to do it, but that's the generousity of the person.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shane

    While just as unimaginative and forgettable as its title, this how-to guide provides sensible, conventional, comprehensive advice, such as: ‘Almost all novels and stories rely on their effects by posing questions and maintaining doubts about outcomes.’ (Not that this sentence makes sense to me; don’t almost all novels and stories rely, rather, on posing questions etc. to produce their effects?) Still, Writing Fiction (2001) is readable, accessible and not too demanding – pretty much like the sort While just as unimaginative and forgettable as its title, this how-to guide provides sensible, conventional, comprehensive advice, such as: ‘Almost all novels and stories rely on their effects by posing questions and maintaining doubts about outcomes.’ (Not that this sentence makes sense to me; don’t almost all novels and stories rely, rather, on posing questions etc. to produce their effects?) Still, Writing Fiction (2001) is readable, accessible and not too demanding – pretty much like the sort of fiction it tells you how to craft. What most irks me about it, apart from the Stempel Schneidler font, is the inclusion of ho-hum samples of its author’s technique. In fact, the main reason I’d kept it too long is there’s nothing too wrong with it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emma Couette

    This book is great. I read it once before, years ago when I first decided I wanted to be a writer. I thought I'd give it another read now with several first drafts under my belt. This book explains things so well. I love Disher's language and his slight sense of humour he weaves in. There are lots of examples that are well explained and I just love how this book makes you feel. It gives you the facts straight up, but it also makes you feel like you can do it. The only reason this book isn't 5 st This book is great. I read it once before, years ago when I first decided I wanted to be a writer. I thought I'd give it another read now with several first drafts under my belt. This book explains things so well. I love Disher's language and his slight sense of humour he weaves in. There are lots of examples that are well explained and I just love how this book makes you feel. It gives you the facts straight up, but it also makes you feel like you can do it. The only reason this book isn't 5 stars (my true rating is 4.5) is because it uses some books I've never heard of as examples which makes it difficult to understand his point sometimes. But I do recommend this book to any author of any age.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jean Carlton

    The first time I read books on writing I go straight through, stopping to do occasional exercises, but mostly reading the examples and getting the feel of the content and a sense of how helpful it may be as a reference later when I want to focus on a specific thing ie. plot, character, point of view. I put a large sticky note in the front with page numbers of note and names of other works referenced in the chapters. I often 'tab' pages noting current interest. This will be a good reference to jo The first time I read books on writing I go straight through, stopping to do occasional exercises, but mostly reading the examples and getting the feel of the content and a sense of how helpful it may be as a reference later when I want to focus on a specific thing ie. plot, character, point of view. I put a large sticky note in the front with page numbers of note and names of other works referenced in the chapters. I often 'tab' pages noting current interest. This will be a good reference to join the others on my writing shelf.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Most 'How To Write' books contain one or two really insightful snippets, a lot of same old, same old and some over-invasive analysis. This was no exception, and will be useful to dip into in the future.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Good introduction to writing. Lays out the rules clearly and concisely. Good for absolute beginners and for relatively new writers to clarify parts of the process. Also conveys a love for reading and for the art of writing as well as the process.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angie Lee

    Great informative read

  8. 5 out of 5

    Guido Melo

    Very useful for new writers in search for tips on technicques and tips. I recomend it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Pollock

    Does a good job of covering many aspects of writing; nothing too in depth. May be too much to take in for new writers but has some good reference points.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    Fantastic resource for new writers A really accessible, readable book laying bare the basic elements of fiction writing: setting, POV, character, plot, structure, outlines are all covered along with commonsense advice on how to put it all together, with lots of examples. Particularly worthwhile were the invaluable tips Disher gives to help new writers to get over the hurdles most likely to stop a newbie in their tracks: writers block, lack of ideas, and diagnostics to get a story back on track. N Fantastic resource for new writers A really accessible, readable book laying bare the basic elements of fiction writing: setting, POV, character, plot, structure, outlines are all covered along with commonsense advice on how to put it all together, with lots of examples. Particularly worthwhile were the invaluable tips Disher gives to help new writers to get over the hurdles most likely to stop a newbie in their tracks: writers block, lack of ideas, and diagnostics to get a story back on track. New writers: read and learn! Five stars!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joyce McPherson

    A practical book that taught me to ask myself: what is the scene for each chapter and what is its function? He recommends increasing speech and action. There should be a hook and a tag (turning point or summary) for each scene, and a balance between scenes and summaries. This book contains two valuable chapters on “The Words on the Page” and “Troubleshooting.”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joel

    The first few chapters and the final few chapters were good. The middle stuff was covered somewhere between 4th and 6th grade for me...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda O'Shea

    I read this while I was doing a short writing course. I learned heaps by doing the course, but this book was amazing. I will be referring to it many times in the years to come!

  14. 5 out of 5

    EAL

    I've read a lot of writing advice books, and this one was just average. Nothing too special, though the analysis of the short story was interesting.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brett Buckley

    Not ultimately memorable.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Winston Brown

    The most informative I have read on the subject. Best yet.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leticia Supple

    The first edition of this book is quite simply one of the best I've read on the topic. The second edition pales in comparison. I wish I hadn't let friends loan my original!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tanner Muller

  19. 4 out of 5

    Catherine C. Turner

  20. 5 out of 5

    B.B.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Farrell

  22. 4 out of 5

    David Anthony Sam

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Lewis

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Tom

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tee

  28. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nola Lorraine

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