The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction [Writer's Digest, hardcover, 1990]

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The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction [Writer's Digest, hardcover, 1990]



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Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer's Digest Books, 1990.

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The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction is by Barnaby Conrad and the staff of the Santa Barbara Writers' Conference. This is a volume of speeches given at the conference over many years, including a speech by Tony Hillerman entitled "Dialogue," beginning on page 65. There are many contributions by other very famous writers as well. The volume was published by Writer's Digest Books in 1990. This is a hardcover book with a dust jacket.

  • Title Page Transcription:
    the Complete Guide to | WRITING | FICTION | by Barnaby Conrad | and the staff of | the Santa Barbara Writers' Conference | [Writer's Digest Books logo] | Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Contents:
    [8] half title, blank, title page, copyright 94 93 92 91 90 5 4 3 2 1 , Permissions/Acknowledgements, Contents (3), [1]-304 text, [305]-309 index, [310-311] advertising, [312] blank
  • List of Contents:
    1. Introduction
    2. How Do You Become a Writer?, James Michener
    3. Beginning, William Styron
    4. Characters Will Make Your Story, Herbert Gold
    5. Making Your Characters Work for You, Eudora Welty
    6. Characterization Versus Conflict -- Which Is More Important?, Elmore Leonard
    7. Dialogue, Tony Hillerman
    8. Setting, Paul Erdman
    9. Style and Language, William F. Buckley Jr.
    10. Theme, Thesis, Moral, or Premise, Alice Adams
    11. Show, Don't Tell, Harlan Ellison
    12. Plotting, Tom McGuane
    13. Action and Narrative, Sidney Sheldon
    14. Motivation: What Does He Want, What Does She Want?, Judith Krantz
    15. Selective Detail, John Hersey
    16. Point of View, Martin Cruz Smith
    17. The Obligatory Sex Scene, Jackie Collins
    18. Flashbacks and Plants, Joseph Wambaugh
    19. Endings, Dominick Dunne
    20. Revision, Danielle Steel
    21. Mystery Writing, Martin Cruz Smith
    22. The Right-Brain Experience in Fiction Writing, Tom McGuane
    23. Block That Block!, Danielle Steel
    24. Short Story Versus the Novel, Robert Bloch
    25. Rejection-- and Dejection, Colleen McCullough
    26. Criticism, Jessamyn West
    27. Reading and Writing, Irving Stone
    28. The Selling of the Short Story, Irwin Shaw
    29. The Publishing Business: Marketing the Manuscript
    30. The Be-Getting of an Agent, Ray Bradbury
    31. Publicizing Fiction, Irving Stone
    32. In Conclusion, Irving Stone
    33. Index
  • Physical Attributes:
    • Format: Hardcover, 23.5 x 16 cm
    • Binding: Fully bound in blue cloth-covered boards. The title, author name, and publisher logo are embossed on the spine in metallic blue.
    • Collation: [8] [1]-304 [305]-[312]
    • Price: $17.95 USD
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