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Building Fiction,9780299187248

Building Fiction

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 4/3/2003
Publisher(s): Univ of Wisconsin Pr

Summary

No one looks at structure like Jesse Lee Kercheval. She builds a work of fiction just as an architect would design a housewith an eye for details and how all parts of a story or novel interconnect. Even with the most dynamic language, images, and characters, no piece of fiction will work without a strong infrastructure. Kercheval shows how to build that structure using such tools as point of view, characterization, pacing, and flashbacks.Building Fictionwill help you envision the landscape of your fiction and build great stories there.

Author Biography

Jesse Lee Kercheval is the Sally Meade Hands Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she directs the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and codirects the Program in Creative Writing. Her memoir, Space, won the Alex Award from the American Library Association. She is also the author of a novel, The Museum of Happiness; two collections of poems, Dog Angel and World as Dictionary; and a story collection, The Dogeater, which won the Associated Writing Programs Award in Short Fiction.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(4)
THE ELEMENTS OF STRUCTURE
Sources for Fiction
5(7)
Openings in Fiction
12(10)
Third-Person Point of View
22(22)
First-and Second-Person Points of View
44(18)
Constructing Characters
62(20)
Conflict in Fiction
82(13)
Continuing Conflict
95(16)
Endings in Fiction
111(19)
Revision
130(15)
FORMS AND STRUCTURES
Novel vs. Short Story
145(15)
Short Shorts, Novellas, Novels-in-Stories
160(16)
Experimental Fiction
176(15)
Index 191

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