Technique In Fiction, Second Edition: Revised and Updated by Robie Macauley

By Robie Macauley

Here is among the so much clever and beneficial courses to the craft of fiction ever released. said via academics, scholars, and writers because the vital publication within the box, approach in Fiction has been in print for over twenty years. For this absolutely up-to-date moment variation, Robie Macauley and George Lanning have rewritten their discussions of the key technical questions and practices of fiction: atmosphere, plot, characterization, point-of-view, sort, speed and tone, and topic. those and different an important issues are illustrated with examples from Tolstoy, Forster, and James via modern masters comparable to Carver, Updike and Beattie. the result's a discerning advisor to the necessities of writing fiction; within the author's phrases, "It is a how-it-was-done publication -- and likewise a how-it-wasn't-done book."

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