Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page–whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Stern, Jerome (Jerome H.) Making shapely fiction / Jerome Stern. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. Making Shapely Fiction. By. Jerome Stern. Powerpoint By Fallon Facade focuses on creating character through their own voices. ✤ Readers need to hear the.

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I will refer to it again and again.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Fairly good, was a great resource in the creative fiction workshop class it was required in. I could only hope. This book is an A to Z list exploring the function and importance of some elements of fiction.

Making Shapely Fiction is a book about the craft of writing. It is grimaces, pauses, adjustments of blouse buttons, doodles on a napkin, and crossings of legs.

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It’d be great for beginning writers. Nice and tight and insightful! It is grimaces, pauses, adjustments of blouses, doodles on a napkin, and crossings of legs. A special section features an Alphabet for Writers: Well structured to be either read straight through or in the necessary bits and pieces. Oct 23, Al Kratz rated it it was amazing. Common terms and phrases acters action Anne Tyler Anti-hero beginning believe char character character’s cliches comic create criticism D.

May 17, Chris brown rated it liked it. There are many other writing books I would rather recommend in a heartbeat. The book is divided into a series of topic-specific chapters, each of which focuses on a topic related to fiction writing. The third section is an alphabetical reference of writing terms with some embedded advice, so, for example, you can look up “diction,” “farce,” “metaphor,” etc and get explanations and advice on using various techniques applicable to the terms.


Description A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction—what makes it work and what can make it fail. A few interesting points, but mostly felt like a book by someone who set out to write a book, not someone with something to say. Stern No preview available – I would highly recommend this book to any fiction writers or MFA students! May 11, Elizabeth C. The language and format make it a great read from beginning to end and a beneficial reference book.

You seriously have no idea how much fanfiction I’ve read. I don’t know, I must not be making any sense. What I found most impressive about Stern’s approach is his vast references to foundational authors and works that define fiction.

It’s thoughtfully written and it’s not geared toward someone who hasn’t ever written before. Jul 05, Alan rated it really liked it Shelves: A fantastic book that will change the way writers look at fiction. Published November 17th by W. You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles of momentum, tension, and immediacy.

There’s some good general advice for writers in here, but it’s all very basic stuff.

I could see immediately why they chose it. I know I will reread and browse through the book for years to come. Nov 15, Joshua Rivera rated it really liked it. Insightful notes and down-to-the-point theory make this book easy to follow, helpful, and fast to search for the exact term you’re looking for. Topics like atmosphere, dialogue, tension, endings, structure, and suspense are very helpful and made me rethink and rework my NaNoWriMo project.

I made a ton of notes from this and it will be a keeper-reference. Each vignette goes into the term with examples and insights on how it’s been used well and advice on how to use said device. It seems to speak to someone who’s been writing since birth, but needs unsubtle nudges in the right direction to sculpt the talent into jetome intricately wrought topiary, pruning out the Aug 02, Anna rated it really liked it. Covers a variety of topics and works like an encyclopedia. I don’t usually make sense in my reviews anyway.


It’s basically a collection of plots to inspire writing. The second section has some “don’t write these kind of stories” advice, perhaps valid. As I’ve written above, I’ve been readin Oh my God, it has been a while since I’ve written maknig decent review on Goodreads. You will see how a I have read many books on the craft of writing and often am disappointed by a dearth of such examples — either there are too few or the author seems to have latched onto a few ideas on how fiction should work mkaing of a few of their favorite books; or, there are many obscure references.

Sep 05, Meghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: The “Banging Shutter” story, the “Hobos in space story”, the “Moral” dhapely which is aptly names jerrome I cried because I had no In terms of providing story shapes and how they work best, this is a great encyclopedia of examples, and they come in hilarious, palatable doses.

It’s not like that. I’ve never seen writing described in this manner, it offered solid tips and fictikn. Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page–whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing.

Making Shapely Fiction

I’ve been introduced to this book because the shapes that Stern ficyion could be applied to scenes too – so that a story is a combination of well-shaped scenes.

Highly recommended, even if you think you already know everything about writing.

This book has been of help to me, somehow, into writing shapely fiction.