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The last draft : a novelist's guide to revision

Author: Sandra Jean Scofield
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, [2017] ©2017
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"The definitive handbook for the novelist who is ready to revise ... This wise and friendly guide shows writers how to turn first-draft manuscripts into the novels of their dreams. A critic, longtime teacher, and award-winning novelist, Sandra Scofield illustrates how to reread a work of fiction with a view of its subject and vision, and how to take it apart and put it back together again, stronger and deeper.  Read more...
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Scofield, Sandra Jean, 1943-
Last draft.
New York : Penguin Books, [2017]
(DLC) 2017041432
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sandra Jean Scofield
ISBN: 9780143131359 0143131354
OCLC Number: 978285336
Description: xxviii, 240 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: I. The novel: an overview --
The novel continuum --
A review of narrative elements --
II. Revision of a novel draft: discussion and exercises --
Stages of revision --
1. A close look. Description ; Assessment --
2. The plan. Summaries ; Core scenes ; Lines of threads --
3. The process --
4. The polish --
Resources. Recommended books on craft ; Lessons from model novels ; Sample scenarios ; Storyboarding ; Scene template.
Responsibility: Sandra Scofield.

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"The definitive handbook for the novelist who is ready to revise ... This wise and friendly guide shows writers how to turn first-draft manuscripts into the novels of their dreams. A critic, longtime teacher, and award-winning novelist, Sandra Scofield illustrates how to reread a work of fiction with a view of its subject and vision, and how to take it apart and put it back together again, stronger and deeper. Scofield builds her explanations around helpful concepts like narrative structure, character agency, and core scenes, using models from classic and contemporary writers. The detailed, step-by-step plan laid out in The Last Draft offers invaluable advice to both novice and experienced writers alike. In Scofield, they will find a seasoned, encouraging mentor to steer them through this emotional and intellectual journey"--

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