3 out of 4 stars
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The book "Creating Literary Fiction: A manual for writers" is a well-written piece of work by William H. Coles. This book is a great read for new fiction writers who are interested in learning the art of creating literary fiction stories.
Beginning with a comparison of literary fiction versus memoir or genre fiction, the author proceeds to outline the important elements of literary fiction. The topics discussed in the book include narration, dialogue, humor, emotion, writing scenes, point of view (POV), revision and more. Many examples are provided on how to narrate a story and how effective dialogue should be served. The principles and guidelines for creating appropriate fiction dialogue, points of view (POVs) and how to establish POV along with the narrative perspective in literary fiction are illustrated. The steps to create in-scene writing are well explained and fourteen competencies are introduced for the same. The author emphasizes that character development is everything in literary fiction and it has a significant influence on the readers’ satisfaction.
The book gives interesting thoughts on the ways to engage the reader's interest and how to write literary fiction with momentum. Furthermore, the usage of humor elements is encouraged to make the story more memorable and arouse interest in the story. The one singular idea that captured my attention was the author’s recommendation of revising the story even before the writing begins and not as an end step in the writing process. William H. Coles is an award-winning fiction writer and his rich experience in storytelling has helped in breaking down the complex process of fiction writing into a well-structured guide to improve readers’ enjoyment and understanding.
I highly recommend this book as a guide for both new and established fiction writers. A handy and very detailed reference if you are writing literary fiction for the first time. The beginners of fiction writing are provided with the reasons why the literary fictional stories fail and when a fictional story is received as credible. The author urges the fiction writer to introspect and figure out ones motivation for writing literary fiction. A truly great work of fiction is born when ideas are successfully expressed to make an enlightened change in its readers.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The book gives a comprehensive and structured introduction to the art of literary fiction writing. It covers key aspects of writing literary genres like action-adventure, romance and fantasy but not much about science fiction.
Creating Literary Fiction: A Fiction Writer's Guide
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