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This intermediate/advanced guide to writing fiction emphasizes the revision process and uses craft discussions, exercises, and diverse examples to show the artistic implications of writing choices. This book addresses the major elements of fiction. Numerous examples, questions, and exercises throughout the book help readers reflect upon and explore writing possibilities. T This intermediate/advanced guide to writing fiction emphasizes the revision process and uses craft discussions, exercises, and diverse examples to show the artistic implications of writing choices. This book addresses the major elements of fiction. Numerous examples, questions, and exercises throughout the book help readers reflect upon and explore writing possibilities. The mini-anthology includes a variety of interesting, illustrative, and diverse stories-North American and international, contemporary and classic, realistic and experimental.


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This intermediate/advanced guide to writing fiction emphasizes the revision process and uses craft discussions, exercises, and diverse examples to show the artistic implications of writing choices. This book addresses the major elements of fiction. Numerous examples, questions, and exercises throughout the book help readers reflect upon and explore writing possibilities. T This intermediate/advanced guide to writing fiction emphasizes the revision process and uses craft discussions, exercises, and diverse examples to show the artistic implications of writing choices. This book addresses the major elements of fiction. Numerous examples, questions, and exercises throughout the book help readers reflect upon and explore writing possibilities. The mini-anthology includes a variety of interesting, illustrative, and diverse stories-North American and international, contemporary and classic, realistic and experimental.

30 review for Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Schwarz

    4.5 stars. An excellent textbook for writing that goes beyond the basics. This book is geared specifically to writing short stories and, for the most part, literary short fiction. The anthology of stories in the back are well chosen and the text puts them to good use illustrating different aspects of writing and story telling. As a bonus, I now have several new favorite stories: Trauma Plate by Adam Johnson, Car Crash While Hitchhiking by Denis Johnson, Pilgrims by Julie Orringer, and A Conversa 4.5 stars. An excellent textbook for writing that goes beyond the basics. This book is geared specifically to writing short stories and, for the most part, literary short fiction. The anthology of stories in the back are well chosen and the text puts them to good use illustrating different aspects of writing and story telling. As a bonus, I now have several new favorite stories: Trauma Plate by Adam Johnson, Car Crash While Hitchhiking by Denis Johnson, Pilgrims by Julie Orringer, and A Conversation with my Father by Grace Paley.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Connecting character to story: “what action or event could most test this person’s particular personality” A story will be more complicated if a readers hopes and fears for the character are not identical to the characters’ hopes and fears for themselves Characters may support or defeat each other, may have conflicting needs or complementary needs, world views, desires—or may illuminate each other through their interactions When examining our own stories for interactions of characters—look at wh Connecting character to story: “what action or event could most test this person’s particular personality” A story will be more complicated if a readers hopes and fears for the character are not identical to the characters’ hopes and fears for themselves Characters may support or defeat each other, may have conflicting needs or complementary needs, world views, desires—or may illuminate each other through their interactions When examining our own stories for interactions of characters—look at what their effect their personalities and actions have on others—complicate them and find ways in which they overlap Counterpointed example: he find her attractive, she finds him disgusting “In revision, we have several ways to address the lethargy that passive main characters can bring to a story. Perhaps the character needs to have more responsibility or to make a mistake that has dramatic consequences. Or maybe the character’s failure to stand up for his or her desires can have consequences, which then force the character to engage in dramatic actions to compensate. Hamlet is perhaps the most famous example of disasters caused by failure to act.” Humanize through weakness, villains who cause damage because they are damaged, villains intend harm, heros do good. Use character to complicate what we already know—how they motivate, hold back, what they want and how their own character stops them from getting it. Let them be their own people. Basic Plot: Ground Situation Complication or inception Rising action increases tension Crisis, tension hits highest point Climax, perform the most significant actions of the story in response to peak tensions, lives changed Falling action, response to changes Drive: Something meaningful must be at stake It is human nature to route for the underdog Actual plot vs. emotion plot. Emotion is like, people who question their lives’ purposes, so if they have sacrificed everything for others, was it worth it if those others leave them? Other structures—nonlinear—rely on building and creating meaning. Look at how the images change through what they represent or how the characters change Scene lives in the moment Change in scene can occur in surface events and relations or in subtext To push our limits, we change our usual balance—talk more, talk less, lush sense of the physical world by adding description that enhances character or tone—deepen fiction through the heart of the story An effective summary can set up or ask questions, introduce a mystery or move us gracefully through hours or years when nothing much is happening to our characters. Summary should be as fascinating as scene Once drafted, review for details, surprising observations, subtle continuation of story’s purposes Situational—what happens Psychological is human drama, greed or love or other struggles Use details to drive home the point Nonrealistic fiction needs to be memorable, but have something to do with the real struggles of live, but needs to convey the strangeness of the fictional world This is the hardest thing: Firm sense of the legitimacy of our own work and impulses Welty: Feelings are bound up in place Invent secrets. Create a scene—action, dialogue, descriptive details, in which one character communicates the secret to the other without direct discussion Opening of a story teaches us to interpret the story

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Used by my intermediate fiction class in college, Deepening Fiction was a useful guide in learning how to better my craft; the anthology included within the textbook was even better, offering readers a chance to see the textbook's suggestions at work. This book focuses heavily on revision, a tool useful for any writer; many beginning guides don't give this topic enough weight. Despite the title, new writers will find a lot of practical and useful advice; don't let the intermediate/advanced bit s Used by my intermediate fiction class in college, Deepening Fiction was a useful guide in learning how to better my craft; the anthology included within the textbook was even better, offering readers a chance to see the textbook's suggestions at work. This book focuses heavily on revision, a tool useful for any writer; many beginning guides don't give this topic enough weight. Despite the title, new writers will find a lot of practical and useful advice; don't let the intermediate/advanced bit scare you away!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    Another garbage book. The authors are so pretentious it is hard to get through a chapter. They consider anyone who writes differently from them to be inferior and a bad author. I guess that is why I have never heard of books by Sarah Stone. The other authors are too busy selling books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin Lyons

    Hard to find a better fiction writing textbook. Recommended by Joan Silber.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Eventually, books that teach writing all sound the same. They attempt to provide fresh new ways of thinking about the craft of creative writing, but in the end it's all the same. You need the drive, the motivation, and the need to write. You need to want to write. If you can't find that, then no writing book can help you. If you haven't read any books on writing, you could pick up anything and go from there. Or, stick to the internet, where all the information is readily available. For free. Eventually, books that teach writing all sound the same. They attempt to provide fresh new ways of thinking about the craft of creative writing, but in the end it's all the same. You need the drive, the motivation, and the need to write. You need to want to write. If you can't find that, then no writing book can help you. If you haven't read any books on writing, you could pick up anything and go from there. Or, stick to the internet, where all the information is readily available. For free.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I was assigned this textbook for a fiction writing class. It's easy to use and understand but I saw nothing 'new' in regards to the subject matter. Same rehashing of info and rules that writers are told throughout the process. I was assigned this textbook for a fiction writing class. It's easy to use and understand but I saw nothing 'new' in regards to the subject matter. Same rehashing of info and rules that writers are told throughout the process.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sri

    My favorite resource on writing fiction!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sean Hall

    Good advice and exercises with a variety of stories for examples.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Sefton

    Highly recommended for writers with some fiction writing experience. Excellent.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tara Calaby

    This is very much a textbook - as is evidenced by the fact that the copyright is held by Pearson Education, instead of by the authors. I can see that it would be of use in a classroom, in that it is largely a collection of examples of certain types of writing, but it fails where so many other books on writing theory fail, in that it has an exceedingly strong bias towards big-L literature. I felt like this book took it even further than most; it is a very specific sort of writing that is being he This is very much a textbook - as is evidenced by the fact that the copyright is held by Pearson Education, instead of by the authors. I can see that it would be of use in a classroom, in that it is largely a collection of examples of certain types of writing, but it fails where so many other books on writing theory fail, in that it has an exceedingly strong bias towards big-L literature. I felt like this book took it even further than most; it is a very specific sort of writing that is being held up as the right sort of writing, as can be seen by the way that so many examples draw from a handful of American and Canadian literary authors. Ultimately, there was nothing here for me as I have no interest in writing Literature, and I will certainly never be writing mid-century American Literature ;)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Eckstein

    This was the textbook for a writing class I took. It's a pretty expensive book, but it contains a huge amount of writing discussion, a small anthology of short stories by noted writers, and analyses of these stories to illustrate the discussions. The book is aimed at intermediate and advanced writers, and I appreciated that focus and the amount of attention given to revision. Highly recommended if you want to do some self-study to strengthen your writing. This was the textbook for a writing class I took. It's a pretty expensive book, but it contains a huge amount of writing discussion, a small anthology of short stories by noted writers, and analyses of these stories to illustrate the discussions. The book is aimed at intermediate and advanced writers, and I appreciated that focus and the amount of attention given to revision. Highly recommended if you want to do some self-study to strengthen your writing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book contains great ideas, advice, and exercises for intermediate to advanced writers. It really helps writers improve their craft. The anthology of stories used in the book are creative and enjoyable to read, giving examples of the skills taught in the book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hana Al-Harastani

    This is an excellent text for anyone who wants to improve in writing fiction, complete with examples, an anthology of stories, and really entertaining chapters. My favorite chapters are towards the end where they discuss publishing and writer's block. This is an excellent text for anyone who wants to improve in writing fiction, complete with examples, an anthology of stories, and really entertaining chapters. My favorite chapters are towards the end where they discuss publishing and writer's block.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    I got this book for school which starts tommorow and I have read it from cover to cover already. I love it. Very informative with some intriguing short stories.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Arlene Walker

    I learned so much about my craft from this book, I'm placing it in the top 3 books on writing! I learned so much about my craft from this book, I'm placing it in the top 3 books on writing!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Corey Taylor

    Good guide and reference for a new or practiced creative writers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adam Strong

  19. 4 out of 5

    J Davis

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary Sanders

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jane

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erica (storybookend)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donald

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cyliena

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Anne Gardner

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emilia

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

  30. 4 out of 5

    J.C. Flanagan

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