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Elements of Fiction

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Elements of Fiction

Following his essential writing guide, THIS YEAR YOU WRITE YOUR NOVEL, award-winning author Walter Mosley delivers an eloquent treatise on the craft of fiction writing --- part writing guide, part study of the mechanics of the genre.

In THIS YEAR YOU WRITE YOUR NOVEL, Walter Mosley supplied aspiring writers with the basic tools to write a novel in one year. In this complementary follow-up, Mosley guides the writer through the elements of not just any fiction writing, but the kind of writing that transcends convention and truly stands out. How does one approach the genius of writers like Melville, Dickens or Twain? In ELEMENTS OF FICTION, Walter Mosley contemplates the answer.

In a series of instructive and conversational chapters, Mosley demonstrates how to master fiction's most essential elements: character and character development, plot and story, voice and narrative, context and description, and more. The result is a vivid depiction of the writing process from the blank page to the first draft to rewriting and rewriting again. Throughout, ELEMENTS OF FICTION is enriched by brilliant demonstrative examples that Mosley himself has written here for the first time.

Inspiring, accessible and told in a voice both trustworthy and wise, ELEMENTS OF FICTION writing will intrigue and encourage writers and readers alike.

Elements of Fiction
by Walter Mosley

  • Publication Date: September 22, 2020
  • Genres: Nonfiction, Reference, Writing
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • ISBN-10: 0802157351
  • ISBN-13: 9780802157355