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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for serious novelists, 1 Sep 1999
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This review is from: Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (Paperback)
Every section teaches a critical skill, each essential for the mastery of novel writing. My copy is thumbworn from constant reference on how to apply specific techniques. If you are a beginning novelist and want to understand how to get started on the right foot, you must read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 8 Dec 2009
This review is from: Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (Paperback)
One of the best handbooks on writing fiction that I've come across. This is not for beginners. Unless you are a very serious beginner. If you're just trying it out, this book might kill your joy, because you realise that writing is hard work ...

Burroway deals with the depths of writing and takes you through the process of characterization, point of view, setting etc. in a very detailed way. In each chapter there are short stories illustrating the topics that have been discussed. There are loads of helpful examples from published writers and it gives you a deeper understanding for the art of writing. It's not just about putting words on a page. You need to know why you put them there. But maybe not to start with ... There is helpful advice on the revision process as well. The only thing I miss would be an appendix with some answers to the questions posed at the end of every chapter. It would be helpful to see what other students have said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A complete reference guide, 16 April 2013
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As a budding author I was keen to find a book which gave me not only guidance but also examples of how to put the ideas into practice. I have found this book immensely useful and have consulted it several times. I thoroughly recommend it.
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