Synopses & Reviews
Think of your fiction like a clock, a marvel of mainsprings and wheels, pinions and pendulums. It's an extraordinary organization of diverse elements, channeling energy and tension into the regular coordination of action and reaction, rotating gears and moving hands.
Oakley Hall, writing teacher emeritus, invites you as his apprentice to study fiction's inner workings, the pegs and screws upon which a good story depends. You'll find the elements of fiction examined and illuminated, with insights into how they must interact to create a distinctive story.
In sharing lessons taught by years of experience and by citing examples from dozens of esteemed writers, Hall makes working alongside a master thoroughly pleasurable, as well as an invaluable opportunity to craft fiction that is tuned like a precision timepiece.
Oakley Hall, writing teacher emeritus, invites readers as his apprentices to study the inner workings of fiction, the foundation upon which all good stories depend. Inside, readers will find the elements of fiction examined and illuminated, with insights into how each element must interact to create a distinctive story. Hall covers every fictive technique, from plot and characterization to word choice, voice and style. The key to Hall's teaching method is his brilliant use of examples. Throughout the book, he emphasizes the importance of reading and evaluating fiction with an eye toward craft. To this end, he offers more than one hundred excerpts from literature, illustrating through analysis and advice how fiction works. With Hall's guidance, readers will learn to craft fiction that is tuned like a precision timepiece.
Subtitle: Proven Secrets to Writing Successful Stories That Hook Readers and Sell.