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Art & Craft of Writing Fiction: First Writer's Manual (English Edition) par [Mixon, Victoria]
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Présentation de l'éditeur

“This isn’t just a book that provides the guidance a fiction writer needs. This is not simply a book that offers up sharp, deeply helpful tips on craft—though it does so very well. Mixon’s voice is that of the Muse on three cups of coffee and a to-the-rim shot of liquid codeine. Over the last twenty years, hers may very well be the most adrenalinic, motivating, how-to voice about craft, style, and artistic willpower. After reading this, writers should have no trouble getting the seat of the pants in the seat of the chair—and flat out producing their own blood-deep stories.”
—Kevin Clark, author of Self-Portrait with Expletives

“The only thing Victoria doesn't reveal is the secret handshake. Otherwise, a lot of authors are going to improve their writing just by reading and using the advice in her book. Buy it. I recommend it.”
—Dave Kuzminski, Preditors & Editors

Based on Mixon's work as a successful independent fiction editor, The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner's Manual brings together in one place everything you need to know about writing a novel, an in-depth exploration of the myriad aspects of creating fiction, in a warm, entertaining voice that welcomes you into the greater fellowship of all writers.

Be sure to click through to Victoria's author page to see the book trailer for this book!

Biographie de l'auteur

Mixon has been a professional writer and editor for over thirty years. She is the author of the Art & Craft of Writing series, including Art & Craft of Writing Fiction: 1st Writer’s Manual and Art & Craft of Writing Stories: 2nd Writer’s Manual. She is listed in the Who’s Who of America and has been covered for her expertise in fiction by the Huffington Post. She teaches fiction through Writer’s Digest and the San Francisco Writers Conference. Mixon is currently writing a forthcoming noir mystery series.

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HASH(0x90d9bc78) étoiles sur 5 She Had Me at Excavating 3 avril 2011
Par M. Terry Green - Publié sur
Format: Broché
If you're like me, you're not looking for your first book about writing--more like your twentieth or thirtieth. So, I'm going to skip the part where I confirm that Mixon has done a fabulous job of covering all the basics. Instead, I'd like to dive into what makes this book about writing better than most.

Awesome Examples

Instead of the unending excerpts that seem to permeate other books about writing, Mixon provides interesting and instructive--delightful even--examples by creating her own. When she does discuss notable authors who are exemplary, it is a discussion, not an extract. She summarizes, interprets, and shines a clear analytical light on the reasons that author is exemplary. I also found the factoids about the private lives of these writers fascinating. (Pet peeve avoided: Although writers are often admonished to be readers, few books about writing will assume that we have indeed read or have access to novels.)


It's not a laugh-a-minute, nor should it be. But in a process that can be as long, daunting, and difficult as writing, humor isn't just nice, it's needed. Reading The Art & Craft of Fiction never felt like reading a book. It felt like listening to a conversation. Mixon has an engrossing ability to communicate clearly but not pedantically, colloquially but not simply. Also, apart from the humor, every chapter rings true to the writer's outlook and understanding. It wasn't as though she was talking about writing, it felt like she was talking about writing to me.

Microscopic Rules to Universal Truths

In the midst of all the excellent prose, I don't want it to seem as though the nuts and bolts of writing aren't covered. From the decline of the ellipsis to the adverb bugaboo, Mixon not only enumerates what we need to know, she puts it into the context of how we arrived at today's writing climate. More than that, she doesn't shy away from the bigger issues of why we write. For scribblers of all types, deep psychology can be at work, plus the need to make a living. As an aside, I appreciate how she draws from her life and varied background and isn't afraid to be known.


Albert Einstein said it: "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." To wit, her appendix, "Everything You Need to Know About Writing a Novel, in 1,000 Words."

Enough about her.

My Checklist

- I call a writing book helpful if I can glean one completely new thing from it that I can use. My favorite shiny new gem from this book (among several) is the faux resolution. (Don't think I'm going to give up a spoiler here.)
- As I read, I reflected on my WIP and then made notes for it.
- I made many digital bookmarks.

My Wishes

I can appreciate why the digital book is a PDF (purchased from her web site). The interior and exterior design are tasteful and spot-on for the art and craft. As a self-publisher I was intrigued about how the highly polished look worked on a subconscious level. As a reader, though, what I really want is an epub, with a table of contents I can click on.

I would really like this as an audiobook (or podiobook). They're not just for Stephen King.


The real reason she had me at excavating is not just because I was an archaeologist (which I was). It's because I've seen archaeology in much the same way that she sees writing: self-discovery, storytelling, and the adventure of finding something you didn't expect.

Table of Contents
Excavating the Bones of Storytelling
Seeking Hope
Finding Validation
Creating Art

Chapter 1: Writing from the Internal World with Jane Bowles
Chapter 2: Understanding Copy, Line, & Developmental Issues

Chapter 3: Bewitching Your Reader with Isak Dinesen
Chapter 4: Storytelling
Distinguishing Between Storytelling & Fiction
Writing What You Know
Pushing Your Reader Off the Rainbow

Chapter 5: Telling the Truth With Emily Bront'
Chapter 6: Delving into the Mythic Life
Creating the Look of a Character
Creating a Name for a Character
Creating Action for a Character
Creating the Character in a Character

Chapter 7: Finding a Story to Tell with Edgar Allan Poe
Chapter 8: Plotting Your Way Out of a Paper Bag
Plotting & Pantsing
Plotting to Handel's Largo
Pouring Your Story into the Dramatic Paradigm
Plotting by Domino Theory
Being Sort of Unique
Practicing Literary Jujitsu
Chapter 9: Hooking Them in the Jaw
Starting with Famous Last Words
Pulling Out the Crook-Neck Cane
Chapter 10: Running Them Like Rats in a Maze
Causing Effects
Shoving Your Reader Around
Meeting Across the River
Chapter 11: Lulling Them into a Dream, Then Whacking an Epiphany Out of Them
Faux Resolution: Tuning a Harp on a Cloud
Climax: Walking on Water with a Pen
Resolution: Succumbing to Dramatic Overwhelm

Chapter 12: Watching Your Language with P.G. Wodehouse

Chapter 13: Words
Braving the Dark & Stormy Night of Clichés
Not Going Gently into that Adverbial Night
Indulging in the Passive & the Active--Grammatical Voice
Discovering Your Own Language--Stylistic Voice
Chapter 14: Techniques
Tensing--Past, Present, & Future Tense
Speaking--1st-, 2nd-, & 3rd-Person Narrative Voice
Seeing--Limited, Unlimited, & Omniscient Point-of-View

Chapter 15: Description
Moving from Proust to Haiku
Creating Layers of Meaning
Chapter 16: Action
Transcending Language
Entangling Your Characters
Chapter 17: Dialog
Structuring & Punctuating Dialog Correctly
Hearing What Your Reader Reads
Getting a Grip on Dialect
Focusing Characters With Their Words
Designing Dialog With Intent
Talking at Cross-Purposes

Chapter 18: Sketching in Story

Chapter 19: Learning Simplicity with Hemingway
Chapter 20: Grammar
Parsing 101: Making Sense With Sentences
Parsing 102: Writing With Clarity & Manners
Parsing 103: Unwinding Henry James
Chapter 21: Punctuation
Using Punctuation Marks Correctly
Living & Dying by the Period
The Art & Craft of Fiction

Chapter 22: Gaining Distance with Time with Truman Capote
Chapter 23: Cutting & Trimming
Killing Your Darlings
Fearing the Reaper
Chapter 24: Editing & Critiquing
Chapter 25: Despair
Revising Unto Death
Returning from the Dead
Running with the Chipmunks

Chapter 26: Facing the Bad News with Flannery O'Connor
Chapter 27: The Good News
Loving & Hating the Tools of Your Trade
Writing Sanely in an Insane World
Committing Random Acts of Literature
Chapter 28: Writing for Love or Money
Chapter 29: Career
Chapter 30: Professional Habits
Handling Rejection
Composting Your Writing Skills
Chapter 31: Stepping into History Through Literature

Tilting at Windmills with Miguel de Cervantes

Everything You Need to Know About Writing a Novel, in 1,000 Words
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HASH(0x90d9bccc) étoiles sur 5 A Fantastic Read and Reference 5 août 2011
Par Courtney Salter - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book is clearly the best fiction writing book I've read. I read it cover to cover and consistently refer back to it during the writing process. What clearly surfaces in the book is the author's passion for teaching the art and craft (as titled) of fiction. This isn't the book to buy if you're looking for the latest gimmicks and trends so you can push less than stellar material onto the public to make a quick buck. This is for those that desire to develop the skills required to create something you can be proud of. You'll learn the fundamentals and see how improving your craft is a life long process. The thought that consistently appears in my head is how fortunate I am to benefit from someone who has spent thirty years immersed in great fiction.
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HASH(0x90d9bfa8) étoiles sur 5 Hilarious, Warm, and Wise 13 septembre 2011
Par K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Most of us read writing how-to books for the cold hard facts. We're searching for some nugget handed down to us by in-the-know people that will transform us into prodigies or bestseller s--preferably both. (Actually, if I had a nickel for every cold, hard, dry, and deadly tome on the craft I've slogged through, I wouldn't need to be a bestseller.) But longtime editor Victoria Mixon's book offers much more than cold hard facts--it offers a hilarious, engaging read that would be worth the effort of turning every one of its 368 pages even if it failed to offer a single nugget. Happily, however, it's teeming with gold.

Mixon's broad look at the writing life encompasses everything from general advice and encouragement to copyediting, but she also zooms in on the meaty specifics of good storytelling. She opens her segments with fun and enlightening chapters that use examples from the lives and works of great authors such as Hemingway, Capote, and Poe to make hard-hitting points about character building, plotting, selecting POVs, writing descriptions, and crafting dialogue.

Mixon's ridiculously entertaining voice makes this book is a joy to read. Awash with humorous and practical examples of what and what not to do (based on her own experiences as an author and editor), The Art & Craft of Fiction will make you love being a writer if only because it means you belong to the special little club that gets to read this book.
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HASH(0x90d9c4ec) étoiles sur 5 I'm buying this for a friend who should be writing novels 30 juin 2011
Par roz morris - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I have a friend from college who should have been writing novels years ago. If you're a writer yourself it's one of the traits you recognise in others - a certain way of understanding a character, a flair with language.
This book by Victoria Mixon is going to be my next birthday present to her.
Victoria takes books we all hold dear in our hearts and analyses why the author set the traps they did, characterised in the way they did, switched the story arc in the way they did. And a hundred other storytelling decisions.
For readers who are now feeling their way as writers, this is an essential book. And it's a lot of fun for those of us who are further on in our careers too. Recommended.
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HASH(0x90d9c504) étoiles sur 5 Victoria Mixon is a genius! 23 avril 2011
Par L. McKusky - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Alright, I'm just gonna say it: Victoria Mixon is a genius. You can even assume I'm doing it in a sing-song voice.

I've read Donald Maass---invaluable. Instructive. I've read Betsy Lerner---engaging and funny. Victoria would be their love child. Donald Maass is definitely in teaching mode in his books and Betsy reveals a lot of the behind-the-scenes of publishing which is definitely informative, but Victoria's book is a funny, instructive reference (and if I have just misused commas, it's because I need to reread her section on grammar and punctuation!) that gets to the heart of the craft of writing. Writers, this book is about the nuts and bolts, with examples of how it's been done before, how we shouldn't follow some classic examples and why, and how to just make your whole story better. Ms. Mixon covers everything: characters, plots, dialogue, pacing, punctuation and grammar, dispelling writing myths, the many moods of a writer---didn't I say everything??! Icing on the cake? A boiled down run through of all her main points at the end. Sprinkles on that icing? An index. I love an index! I can't help it. It's a true reference when there is an index, in my humble opinion.

Do I wish it was a true ebook, not a pdf? Yes! There's some loss of ease of reading, but truly, it's worth it! (as a matter of fact, I talked to the author and she said that they were struggling along to get the ebook formatted, so it may well be in the works!) Now that I've read this, I may get it in hard copy (i.e. a traditional book) so I can highlight and make notes! :)

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