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Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers, 1st edition

  • Sarah Stone
  • Ron Nyren

Published by Pearson (October 5th 2004) - Copyright © 2005

1st edition

Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers

ISBN-13: 9780321195371

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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. The mini-anthology includes a variety of interesting, illustrative, and diverse stories-North American and international, contemporary and classic, realistic and experimental.

Table of contents


I. Intermediate and Advanced Approaches to Fiction-Writing.

1. Developing and Complicating Characters.

Generating characters.

    Inhabiting characters.

    Representing characters.

    Character history/background/connections.

Story analysis and questions: “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere.”

Connecting character to story.

    Motivation and action.

    Active and passive main characters.

Relating characters to each other.

Story analysis and questions: “The Forest.”

Complicating characters.

    Sympathetic and unsympathetic characters.

    Rethinking “heroes,“ “victims,“ and “villains.”

Restraint in writing emotion.

Story analysis and questions: “Powder.”

Revision: Bringing characters into focus.

Character exercises.

2. Third-Person POVs and Degrees of Omniscience.

The centrality of POV.

    Real-world POV decisions.

    Complicating POV: beyond first, second, and third.

Aspects of third-person POV.

Story analysis and questions: “The Niece.”

Variations of common POV choices.

    Objective narrators.

    Close third-person POV (third person limited).

    Discerning third-person POV (third person flexible).

    Degrees of omniscience.

Story analysis and questions: “Inferno I, 32.”

Effectively breaking POV rules.

Story analysis and questions: “Gooseberries.”

Revision: Making subtle POV shifts.

POV exercises.

3. The Uses of First and Second Person.

Stories that require first-person narrators.

Aspects of first-person POV.

Motives for telling the story.

    Understanding the past.

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