Kate Grenville
The Writing Book: A Workbook for Fiction Writers
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The Writing Book: A Workbook for Fiction Writers Kate Grenville This is a practical workbook that guides writers, step by step, toward completing a work of fiction Free of generalizing platitudes, it instead focuses on the specifics of craft from getting started, discovering characters, writing dialogue and description, to evaluating the design of a draft, and of course revision Exercises found in this book are actual techniques worThis is a practical workbook that guides writers, step by step, toward completing a work of fiction Free of generalizing platitudes, it instead focuses on the specifics of craft from getting started, discovering characters, writing dialogue and description, to evaluating the design of a draft, and of course revision Exercises found in this book are actual techniques working writers rely on They include speed writing, sorting and grouping, rewriting an incident in various styles, experimenting with tone, voice, syntax, and Designed to cover every stage of the process from brainstorming an idea to the final draft these practical suggestions help writers to liberate their creativity and to refine existing work Excerpts from published authors are also included and help to illustrate the techniques taught.. The Writing Book A Workbook for Fiction Writers This is a practical workbook that guides writers step by step toward completing a work of fiction Free of generalizing platitudes it instead focuses on the specifics of craft from getting started
  • Title: The Writing Book: A Workbook for Fiction Writers
  • Author: Kate Grenville
  • ISBN: 9781864489439
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Buffy Greentree says:

      The one thing that I really liked about this book was the use of Australian authors as examples It demonstrated beautifully the breadth and variety of Australian writing As to the book itself, it took me a while to work out exactly what it was that bugged me All the advice is useful, if a bit banal It wasn t until I started reading Story by Robert McKee, I realised my problem with Grenville s book McKee states that there are two aspects to a piece of writing the literary talent and story talent [...]

    2. Tara Calaby says:

      This is quite a basic book, really It was on the recommended book list for my Masters, but I d personally only recommend it to people without much experience of writing It s full of activities, but I m not sure I d do any of them myself, as they would feel very artificial because they re not in keeping with my own writing process On the upside, Grenville has taken her examples from Australian authors, which is a nice change And I do think The Writing Book could be helpful for those new to fictio [...]

    3. Kate Atkinson says:

      I read this book to supplement one of my Creative Writing university subjects this semester I found it very helpful, especially as I was writing my end of year short story It was good in a practical way, dispensing with the theory and other fluff, cutting straight to helpful advice I would recommend this book to all writers, especially those who feel they have a lot to learn P Grenville includes exercises which are awesome for combating writer s block, and lots of examples which she writes herse [...]

    4. Aislinn says:

      I don t know what I expected from this book but I didn t expect to find it so useful and so strong on technique It was a great book to read after absorbing all the principles of Self Editing for Fiction Writers Dave King etc because Grenville has an artist s approach to fiction she knows the rules thoroughly than anyone and she s willing to break them I m still learning the rules and I really got a deeper understanding of several aspects of the craft from the examples she used I haven t tried a [...]

    5. Jesse Anderson says:

      This book was full of great advice, excerpts and exercises I loved the step by step process from how to get started, characters, dialogue, voice, descriptions etc The excerpts she chose were all by Australian authors which I thought was brilliant They provided clear images that helped me understand Greenville s intentions for the exercises that followed I got some great bits of writing that I wouldn t have come up with on my own and I genuinely enjoyed developing what I wrote A great tool for an [...]

    6. Kerrie says:

      I heard this book referred to by a couple of people at a recent writing workshop that I attended One said that he was working his way through the exercises.The author writes this is a practical workbook, a resource for a writer to work through, with an emphasis on exercises and examples Grenville encourages the budding writer to begin with what they already have and build from there.If you are looking for a DIY at home course on writing, a challenge in concentration on honing your skills, then t [...]

    7. Leinad says:

      This isn t yet another how to write book, writes Kate Grenville in the introduction to The Writing Book In fact it isn t a how to write book at all This is a practical workbook, a resource book for a writer to work through, with an emphasis on exercises and examples As such, I found The Writing Book to be wonderfully useful and refreshing.In this book, Grenville walks through various key aspects of fiction writing The ten chapters are self descriptively titled Getting started , Sorting through , [...]

    8. Clare says:

      This short review is also posted on my blog at inputs.wordpress 2009 03 1This is a really excellent work book for people who want to write or who are currently writing fiction It is an incredibly useful book for people like myself who are running workshops on creative writing.Each chapter is divided into 3 sections The first section explains the category eg character, voice, point of view, dialogue, the second section offers examples and the third offers large numbers of practical exercises whic [...]

    9. Kate Krake says:

      One of the most practical and down to earth guides to fiction writing I have ever read.Creative exercises are a dime a dozen, but the value in this book is Grenville actually explaining how a swag of random writing exercises can be turned into a story.All of the examples Grenville uses are taken from Australian literature, so I was also happy I was also able to pick up a few local reads for the To Read shelf too.Most inspiring to pick up the pen or laptop both and get back to writing fiction.Her [...]

    10. Djrmel says:

      The writing advice isn t anything that not available in a lot of other books, but Grenville does go a step further by including examples of what she s talking about Good examples, too, not only of what she s teaching but for reading in general That could be counterproductive, in that you ll want to read the entire book she s pulled the example from, and that s just another excuse to not be writing, isn t it

    11. Titus Hjelm says:

      I m not a fiction writer, but often fiction writing guides offer insights also to creative nonfiction and even academic writers Grenville s book is no exception narrative non fiction writers can learn much about character building and mood setting, for example And revision guidance, of course But there were no significant aha moments in this one especially if you ve read any other writing guides previously.

    12. Magda says:

      I ve dipped into this book many times over the years I have had in on the shelf Its the exercises I keep going back for As titled its a workbook not a how to write a novel so don t pick it up unless you re expecting to do some hard work Useful if you re stuck at any stage The blurb describing the book is just sales spin its not a how to write a novel from woe to go Its a workbook for writing skills.

    13. Tawny says:

      Favorite quotes 1 The you read, the better you ll write 2 Yours is an individual voice because you re an individual, not quite like any other Whatever good things come out of your writing will happen because of that individuality 3 Punctuation will always be only an approximation of the sound of speech, in the same way that musical notation is only a guide to how a piece of music should sound.

    14. Sasha Buntman says:

      Kate Grenville has written a wonderfully valuable resource for the new and aspiring fiction writer It has excellent examples and exercises to assist you in developing your writing skills It covers various topics including characterisation, point of view, voice, dialogue, description, design, revision and much Highly recommended for anyone wishing to improve as a writer.

    15. Randal White says:

      A practical and useful guide.

    16. Audrey says:

      Excellent book on writing with really good explanation and exercises to work through Well worth buying if you have serious interest in writing.

    17. Tara says:

      I m always interested in reading books on writing by authors I already love This is a good one, perhaps aimed at beginners but thoughtfully done.

    18. Jane says:

      Skimmed through the last two thirds as I became bored I much prefer John Marsden s and Stephen King s books.

    19. Lisa says:

      One of the best beginner writing books I ve read Highly recommended for anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals of good fiction.

    20. Alisha Brook says:

      Very informative.

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