Writing Fiction

An introduction to the craft

Garry Disher
AUD $26.99

Clearly and compactly explains the fundamentals of good fiction-writing, with examples from a wide variety of known writers.

The art of writing fiction successfully requires not only talent but craft. This book is a guide to that craft - for writers who want to understand and master the basics of what makes a novel or story work well.

The principles and sound practical advice offered arise from Garry Disher's own deep experience as a professional writer, as well as a teacher of writing, an editor of collections, and a judge for fiction awards. Disher illustrates his points with examples from many other Australian and international fiction writers, presenting a candid picture of the pleasures and pitfalls across a diversity of fiction-writing experiences.

Ranging across from the most significant elements of fiction, such as plot characterisation and voice, to fine details like the use of tense, Disher's hands-on advice can only help fiction writers write better fiction.

Author bio:

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.

Category: Writing & Language
ISBN: 9781865085890
Table Of Contents: Author's note

1. Becoming a Writer

2. What is Fiction?

3. Ideas for Stories and Novels

4. Character

5. Dialogue

6. Point of View

7. Plot

8. Planning

9. Structure

10. Setting

11. Writing a Short Story

12. Writing a Novel

13. The Words on the Page

14. Troubleshooting

Further Reading

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: September 2001
Page Extent: 232
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Language