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Author Kercheval, Jesse Lee.

Title Building fiction : how to develop plot and structure / Jesse Lee Kercheval
Edition First edition
Published Cincinnati, Ohio : Story Press, [1997]


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 MELB  808.3 K3932/B  AVAILABLE
Description 198 pages ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Sources for Fiction -- 2. Openings in Fiction -- 3. Third-Person Point of View -- 4. First- and Second-Person Points of View -- 5. Constructing Characters -- 6. Conflict in Fiction -- 7. Continuing Conflict -- 8. Endings in Fiction -- 9. Revision -- 10. Novel vs. Short Story -- 11. Short Shorts, Novellas, Novels-in-Stories -- 12. Experimental Fiction
Summary No one looks at structure like Jesse Lee Kercheval. She builds a work of fiction just as an architect would design a house - with an eye for details and how all the parts of a story or novel interconnect. Even with the most dynamic language, images and characters, no piece of fiction will work without a strong infrastructure. Kercheval shows how to build that structure using tools such as point of view, characterization, pacing and flashbacks. The designs of Frank Lloyd Wright were always influenced by the terrain, says Kercheval. The building site helped him determine the materials and methods of construction. This book will help you envision the landscape of your fiction and build great stories there
Notes Includes index
Subject Fiction -- Technique.
LC no. 97012754
ISBN 1884910289 (paperback)