Writing Fiction: An Introduction to the Craft

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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.

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"A jaunty, zestily written guide. Laugh-out-loud funny." -- Foreword

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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.

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