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Fiction writer's handbook

Author: Hallie Burnett; Whit Burnett
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, [1975]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Analyzes every step in the creative process, from gestation to that final rewrite, along with techniques of plot, dialogue, point of view, and that elusive thing called style.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Burnett, Hallie Southgate, 1908-
Fiction writer's handbook.
New York : Harper & Row, [1975]
(OCoLC)655148636
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hallie Burnett; Whit Burnett
ISBN: 0060105747 9780060105747 0062731696 9780062731692
OCLC Number: 1194960
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxi, 200 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. 1: Self-examination of a fiction writer --
Why write? --
Equipment of a writer --
pt. 2: Elements of fiction --
Plotting and narrative development --
Character and dialogue --
Style: the manner of the telling --
pt. 3: A writer's material --
The usable past --
Reading --
Notebooks and diaries --
pt. 4: The short story --
Some introductory material --
Focusing the fiction mind: decisions before you begin --
The beginning --
The subject of your story --
Point of view --
Development --
The ending --
Self-criticism --
pt. 5: The novel --
Material and commitment --
What is the theme? --
The ambassadors: more by Henry James --
Plan and notebook for the novel --
Beginning: what first chapters should accomplish --
Development and hazards. Clues, logic, relationships --
Crisis and crises: the use of suspense and emotional color --
Interruptions: blocks, drives --
Ending --
Rewriting and highlighting --
The science fiction novel --
pt. 6: The novella --
pt. 7: On becoming a professional writer.
Responsibility: Hallie & Whit Burnett.

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Analyzes every step in the creative process, from gestation to that final rewrite, along with techniques of plot, dialogue, point of view, and that elusive thing called style.

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