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Kite in the Wind [Paperback]

Barrett , Turchi

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25 Mar 2011
A Kite in the Wind is an anthology of essays by 20 veteran writers and master teachers. While the contributors offer specific, practical advice on such fundamental aspects of craft as characterization, character names, the first person point of view, and unreliable narrators, they also give extended, thoughtful consideration to more sophisticated topics, including "imminence," or the power of a sense of beginning; creating and maintaining tension; "lushness"; and the deliberate manipulation of information to create particular effects. The essays in A Kite in the Wind begin as personal investigations -- attempts to understand why a decision in a particular story or novel seemed unsuccessful; to define a quality or problem that seemed either unrecognized or unsatisfactorily defined; to understand what, despite years of experience as a fiction writer, resisted comprehension; and to pursue haunting, even unanswerable questions. Unlike a how-to book, the anthology is less an instruction manual than it is an intimate visit with twenty very different writers as they explore topics that excite, intrigue, and even puzzle them. Each discussion uses specific examples and illustrations, including both canonical stories and novels and writing less frequently discussed, from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, by both American and international authors. The contributors share their hard-earned insights for beginning and advanced writers with humility, wit, and compassion. The first section of the book focuses on narration, with particular attention paid to various kinds of narrators; the second, on strategic creation and presentation of character; the third, on some of the roles of the visual, beginning with establishing setting; and the fourth, on structural and organizational issues, from movement through time to the manipulation of information to create mystery and suspense.

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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring, insightful, well worth the time and cost 29 Aug 2013
By Chip Houser - Published on Amazon.com
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"Kite" is a wonderful resource for brief, focused essays on the writing craft. The book is worth it for the first essay alone, on the author-narrator-character merge, a concept all new and aspiring writers should read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product 5 Oct 2012
By cgallo99 - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been enjoying this. Each chapter from a prestigious writer. Some are dry but others quite interesting and helpful. Well worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kite in the Wind 31 Jan 2012
By Chance Raymond - Published on Amazon.com
The contributors to A Kite in the Wind are able to discuss the complexities of writing fiction in an approachable manner, mixing their artistic styles with concrete advice for aspiring writers. The editors describe the book as follows:

"While there are plenty of insights, and while there is no shortage of strongly urged advice, none of these essays began as an attempt to tell anyone how fiction should be written. They begin instead as personal investigations: attempts to understand why a decision in a particular story or novel seemed successful," (Introduction).

Each essay which comprises A Kite in the Wind explains terms with examples and rich analogies; while a background in writing certainly won't hurt, it's by no means necessary to get what the authors are saying. A wide range of ideas are presented throughout the essays, but they are held together by a common thread of superb analysis of fiction. I recommend this title for anyone curious about the mechanics of fiction and hungry for vivid instructional commentary.
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