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  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; St Martin's Griffin ed edition (3 Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312150946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312150945
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.6 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Explains effective use of structure and pacing, and offers advice for creating realistic dialogue, plot, and characters.

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun 2001
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I've read a fair few books on writing fiction, but this one is probably the best. Dorothea Brande's "Becoming A Writer" tells you how to think like a writer; this book explains how to write like a writer.
I thought I knew the bones of writing technique already, but this book contains so many insights that I often felt it necessary to break off reading in order to consider fully what I'd just read - not because the writing is not clear and easy to read, but because the points the author makes are so momentous.
Many writing guides talk in generalities or talk down to the reader, but this one isn't like that. Just one word of warning - I think the best of the book is in the middle and end, so don't be too impatient when reading the introductory chapters.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jun 1997
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As an MFA student I've been looking at a lot of books about how to write fiction, and very few of them do anything other than encourage you to keep writing. This book teaches you how to write a short story, and encourages you to write a =better= short story (without imposing its own definition of "better"). It is the only "how-to" book in fiction that I have found that I can recommend, and I use it in my own teaching.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By spikethecat limited on 17 Dec 2009
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Damon Knight's Creating Short Fiction is rooted firmly in the world of commercial fiction and it contains a number of techniques and exercises that would help the beginning writer

I did have an immediate inclination to dismiss some of the exercises as disappointingly formulaic, particularly on the basis of the first part of the book which reads like a "you too can be a writer" advertisement. However, once section one is out of the way the book got better and better with some great sections - for example a line by line analysis of one of the author's own stories, where he shows what he was trying to achieve throughout the text which was fascinating, and a really good section on Point of View.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bunting on 5 Feb 2014
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A handy little book, written in plain language which manages to break down all area's of "how to" into bite size chunks, there are some nice little exercises which get you thinking and more importantly kick starts the writing process instead of just reading about starting to write
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