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How to write fiction: A Guardian masterclass (Guardian Shorts)

How to write fiction: A Guardian masterclass (Guardian Shorts) [Kindle Edition]

The Guardian , Geoff Dyer
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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With an introduction by Geoff Dyer and personal insights into how some of the most internationally known authors have crafted their best loved works, How to write fiction is a must-read for every aspiring fiction writer. Comprehensive exercises by Kate Grenville to accompany each stage of the writing process will help to embed your learning as your novel progresses.

Chapters are:
Jill Dawson on Getting started
Andrew Miller on Character
Rachel Cusk on Point of View
Meg Rosoff on Voice
DBC Pierre on Dialogue
Adam Foulds on Description
Kate Mosse on Plot
MJ Hyland on Editing
Clare Conville and Francis Bickmore on Publication
Roderick Gordon on Self publishing

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1361 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books; 1 edition (6 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good assistance for the wannabe writer 3 Jan 2013
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Interesting reading with some useful tips for the budding writer. Not a prolonged read, just something to dip in and out of.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Quick Read 5 Sep 2013
By Sophiee
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This book is great value for money, giving a real insight into the writing industry. It covers all levels, too, from writing your book to getting it out there as a real, published novel. As the title suggests, it's a very quick read, so perfect for an evening or weekend. A pint-sized writing manual!
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to write fiction 9 Mar 2013
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Really helpful starter guide for those thinking of embarking on a creative writing path or similar. Short helpful exercises and practical supportive tips written in a clear, non patronising way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit like the curate's egg - good in parts. 2 April 2014
By Sparkle
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First point - the book was very cheap. Is that good or bad?

Several of the 'Expert' contributors of the book shot themselves in the foot in my opinion, using stupidly long sentences, and unnecessary 'clever' words. Professional writers' jargon? I don't know- I don't know any professional writers. For me, it just clouded what they were trying to clarify, so said much about themselves.

However most contributors gave me food for thought, which is what I hoping for; showed up flaws in my thinking and writing effort so far, which was extremely helpful. Even better - two or three of them confirmed for me, good things contained in my writing (which I produced without any prior in depth analysis of writing, or attachment with any writers' workshops or groups).

So - worth reading, but not brilliant.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money 29 Dec 2012
By Robert Moore - Published on
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If you are completely uninspired and willing to follow the tips of 10 or 15 disparate and modestly successful writers slavishly to complete your own book, buy this. It is basically a but of a ramble from some guardian hacks and friends of guardian hacks about how they wrote their books.

The only good bit is a small section on self-publishing by someone who had success that way – but it works for almost no-one. Much better to get an agent and a publisher or just self publish on Kindle, not physical books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 18 April 2012
By RabidReader - Published on
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This is super helpful and a must for any young writer. See especially the advice by M.J Hyland. Very good stuff indeed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Writer's review 15 April 2012
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As a writer of various types of text, I found this book to be delightful. It has a wide selection of very relevant chapters, all of which contain succinct advice and commentary on different aspects of the writer's craft. The book is like a smorgasbord - you can eat from as many dishes as you like at one sitting and go up for seconds regularly. It's a great dip in and out of book.
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