Writing Fiction - An Introduction to the Craft

Author(s): Garry Disher

Words and Writing

Useful for writers at any level or age, this guide explains the basic steps to effective fiction writing. From an award-winning author, sound, practical advice is included on the most significant elements of fiction, such as plot, character development, and voice, and strategies are provided for the effective use of tense and the dialogue. All forms of fiction are explored, including novels, novellas, short stories, and crime fiction. In addition, the writing concepts introduced are illustrated with examples from a wide variety of known writers, presenting a candid picture of the pleasure and pitfalls from a wide range of fiction-writing experiences.


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Garry Disher grew up in rural South Australia and now lives near the Victorian Coast. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, California, where he wrote his first short-story collection. A full-time writer for many years, he is the author of novels, short story collections, writers' handbooks, anthologies, and books for children.His novel The Sunken Road (A+U 1996), was shortlisted for several major awards and nominated for the Booker Prize by his English publisher.

Author's note1. Becoming a Writer2. What is Fiction?3. Ideas for Stories and Novels4. Character5. Dialogue6. Point of View7. Plot8. Planning9. Structure10. Setting11. Writing a Short Story12. Writing a Novel13. The Words on the Page14. TroubleshootingFurther ReadingSources

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  • : 9781865085890
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : 0.22226
  • : January 2001
  • : 20.00 cmmm X 12.70 cmmm X 1.70 cmmm
  • : Australia
  • : May 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Garry Disher
  • : BC
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 808.3
  • : 217