Making Shapely Fiction has ratings and 87 reviews. Lee said: I taught this one (and learned from it, too) — it’s real clear and funny and comprehens. 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. 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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The book is divided into a series of topic-specific chapters, each of which focuses on a topic related to fiction writing. I can’t even review them here because they’re all “books” that have no ISBNs or idk.

Making Shapely Fiction

I don’t know, I must not be making any sense. This book is an A to Z list exploring the function and importance of some elements of fiction.

Stern essentially breaks down the craft of writing and explains how each step works. This is one of, if not the best writing manual I’ve ever read. Had some fairly interesting stuff and worked well with the teacher to explain the material. View all 3 comments. But even worse is to be squeamish and euphemistic.

Description A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction—what makes it work fictuon what can make fictioon fail. Since part of taking the class was being able to use Brown University’s resources, I ingeniously borrowed it from their library they in turn had to borrow it from SUNY Buffalo.

Initially this was assigned reading for a class and some of it I found intriguing. An informative, entertaining and inspiring reference book on writing fiction. An interesting read on the shaapely. Stern No preview available – It’s perfect for writers in a hurry. Jul makinv, Angeli rated it really liked it Shelves: Common terms and phrases acters action Anne Tyler Anti-hero beginning believe char character character’s cliches comic create criticism D.


The book is structured in three sections. 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 derivative of a few of their favorite books; or, there are many obscure references.

Stern makes learning the shapes easy and his explanations Making Shapely Fiction is a book about the craft of writing. Well, it’s not like there are people who missed me here.

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Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the shappely page–whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. The book came close to making me switch from poetry writing to fiction writing in grad school. This book is organized into two parts. You seriously have no idea how much fanfiction I’ve read. Mar 27, Robb Lightfoot rated it it was amazing. Sep 07, Ann Fiftion rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

His “Do not write the following stories” is stomach ripping funny. It seems to speak to someone who’s been writing fictuon birth, but needs unsubtle nudges in the right direction to sculpt the talent into an intricately wrought topiary, pruning out the Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Stern takes students through the shapes of fiction and explains how each shape works and gives the readers examples. I could only hope. It’d be great for beginning writers. Published November 17th by W. I could see immediately why they chose it.


Sep 05, Meghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: A special section features an Alphabet for Writers: Now it’s quite a bit overdue but since I am persona non grata in the library now Jeromee am taking my time.

I read it as a way to launch into a new writing schedule and summer writing. Part 3 Making Shapely Fiction is a great book for writers. This section is also somewhat repetitive: Nov 22, Kenzie Barnett rated it liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

I’ve never seen writing described in this manner, it offered solid tips and techniques. Doctorow emotional example experience first-person narrator Flannery O’Connor Flashback frame story genre give going happens Henry James hero ideas imagery immediacy insight interesting intrigants irony Isaac Bashevis Singer keep literary lives look mean Metafiction Metaphor mind Motif names narrative novel parables pathetic fallacy person phrase plot Poetic Justice point of view premise problems prose readers feel Realism realize remember reveal rhythm roman a clef satire scene seems sense sentences sentimental shape short story single sion situation someone sound speech storytelling style suggest Suspense Suspension of Disbelief talk telling a story tension texture There’s things thought tions told trying turns understand voice words workshop writers Zemper.

I’d use this in a high school writing class, but if you’re beyond that level or looking for more advanced advice Which brings me to reviewing this book.

One of the best books on the craft of writing I’ve ever read. Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern.