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What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, 3rd edition

  • Anne Bernays
  • Pamela Painter

Published by Pearson (August 19th 2009) - Copyright © 2010

3rd edition

What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

ISBN-13: 9780205616886

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This how-to-write fiction book is comprised primarily of exercises introduced by brief but informative essays on the aspects of fiction. Long on specifics and short on theoretical information so often found in books about the art of writing, this text provides a practical, hands-on approach to writing fiction. Organized by the elements of fiction and concluded by an anthology of contemporary fiction, this book helps all fiction writers hone and improve their craft. KEY TOPICS: The elements of fiction—character, point of view, dialogue, plot, style and revision. MARKET: For those interested in improving fiction-writing skills.

Table of contents







            1.         First Sentences: Beginning in the Middle

            2.         Second Sentences as Different Paths

            3.         Ways to Begin a Story, from Robie Macauley 

            4.         Begin a Story with a “Given” First Line,  from William Kittredge 

            5.         Free Associating from Random Sentences, from DeWitt Henry

            6.         Person, Place, and Song, from Ron Carlson 

            7.         Stirring Up a Fiction Stew

            8.         The Newspaper Muse: Ann Landers and the National Enquirer 

            9.         Taking Risks



            10.       Oh! . . . That Sort of Person

            11.       What Do You Know About Your Characters?                           

            12.       Props

            13.       What Do Your Characters Want? 

            14.       Making Heroes Flawed, from Douglas Bauer 

            15.       Creating a Character’s Background, Place, Setting, and Milieu, from Robie Macauley  

            16.       Put Your Characters to Work


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