Turning Life Into Fiction

Hemley Robin

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Cover Type: Softcover
Book Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: None Issued
Publisher: Story Press
Publisher Place: Cincinnati
Publisher Year: 1994
Edition: First Edition

Description: 193 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in Fine condition throughout. The only exception is a small inscription to the inside page.

Publishers Description: With lively style, good humor and insight, Robin Hemley helps you turn all that you experience into fresh and powerful fiction. By learning to "reimagine, " youll focus on translating real-world people and events into characters and scenes that happen on paper for the first time. Youll think "what if" instead of "what is" in order to take control of your material and cut loose the inhibitions of real life. In these pages, youll learn how to hone your observation skills and fill your journal with rich and vivid details. (Because, as Hemley writes, "Life is in the details, and so is good fiction.") Youll see how to decide which ideas to bring to fiction and which ones to let go. And youll learn how to: find the right form - novel, short story, vignette, memoir - for the story you want to tell; use "triggers" to start your readers imagination rolling; keep your fiction emotionally honest by making the right choices between "the way it happened" and what the story dictates (ask "Is it believable," not "Did it happen"); create composites of real people and places that fit the unique needs of your story and empower your imagination; focus your fiction. Make sure everything, every character counts - and eliminate "people who sit at the end of the bar without a role to play"; fictionalize - ethically and legally - other peoples stories. Learn your rights as a writer versus their rights to privacy. (Can you use actual names When do you need to get permission). To illustrate how writers feed their fiction with reality, Hemley uses examples from his own work and from fiction masters of yesterday and today. At the end of each chapter, challenging exercises help you apply the basictheories and push them even further. An adventurous read, Turning Life Into Fiction will help you create fiction thats just as strange and wonderful and "real" as the life that inspires it.

ISBN: 9781884910371


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