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1st Edition

Writing Fiction

ISBN 9780203709610
Published December 16, 2013 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Writing Fiction offers the novice writer engaging and creative activities, making use of insightful, relevant readings from well-known authors to illustrate the techniques presented. This volume makes use of new versions of key chapters from the recent Routledge/Open University textbook Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings for writers who are specializing in fiction.

Using their experience and expertise as teachers as well as authors, Linda Anderson and Derek Neale guide aspiring writers through such key aspects of writing as:

  • how to stimulate creativity
  • keeping a writer’s notebook
  • character creation
  • setting
  • point of view
  • structure
  • showing and telling.

The volume is further updated to include never-before published interviews with successful fiction writers Andrew Cowan, Stevie Davies, Maggie Gee, Andrew Greig, and Hanif Kureishi. Concise and practical, Writing Fiction offers an inspirational guide to the methods and techniques of authorship and is a must-read for aspiring writers.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Stimulating Creativity: What Really Works  2. Keeping a Writer's Notebook  3. Character Creation  4. Setting  5. Point of View: Trying on Voices  6. Point of View: Degrees of Knowing  7. Showing and Telling  8. Structure  9. The Story and The Reader

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Linda Anderson is an award-winning novelist and is editor of Creative Writing, A Workbook with Readings (2006, Routledge). She is Reader in Creative Writing at the Open University and a National Teaching Fellow.

Derek Neale is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University. He is an award-winning fiction writer and is editor of A Creative Writing Handbook (2009, A&C Black) and co-author of Life Writing (2008, Routledge).