1st Edition

The Art of Writing Fiction

ISBN 9781408248348
Published May 12, 2011 by Routledge
240 Pages

USD $43.95

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Book Description

The Art of Writing Fiction guides the reader through the processes of creative writing from journal-keeping to editing, offering techniques for stimulating creativity and making language vivid. Readers will master key aspects of fiction such as structure, character, voice and setting.

Andrew Cowan provides an insightful introduction that brings his own well-crafted prose style to bear on the processes and pleasures of writing fiction, offering practical and personal advice culled from his own experience and that of other published writers. He lays open to the reader his own notes, his writing, and the experiences from his own life that he has drawn on in his fiction allowing the reader to develop their own writing project alongside the author as they go through the book.

Table of Contents

1. Writers' routines  2. Write about what you know: Observational journals  3. Write about what you don't know: Automatic writing  4. Don't tell me...  5. Write about what you used to know: Remembering and place  6. Write about who you know: Character  7. Voices  8. Viewpoints  9. Middles, ends, beginnings: Structure  10. Making strange: Defamiliarisation  11. Making clear: Revision, grammer and punctuation  12. Workshopping 


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Andrew Cowan is the Director of the Creative Writing programme at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of five novels, including Pig (1994), which won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and most recently Worthless Men (2014).