Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page–whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Stern, Jerome (Jerome H.) Making shapely fiction / Jerome Stern. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. Making Shapely Fiction. By. Jerome Stern. Powerpoint By Fallon Facade focuses on creating character through their own voices. ✤ Readers need to hear the.

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Just a very clear, easily digestible presentation of essential concepts. Each vignette goes into the term with examples and insights on how it’s been used well and advice on how to use said device.

Apr 25, Catherine Cole rated it really makijg it. I know I will reread and fictjon through the book for years to come. The first half of the book is outstanding, the second half merely great. I came across this book as required reading in the now defunct UC Davis creative writing program.

It also has the bonus of being clear that none of its precepts are set in stone, which is always refreshing when looking at craft books. This was the “required reading” for a writing class I just took.

Apr 12, Kristen Chavis rated it it was amazing. It is a great guide, and it can also be used as a dictionary of literary terms, with in-depth explanations and examples from well-known authors. Dec 24, Printable Tire rated it really liked it. Stern No preview available – The book makint split into four parts. Mar 07, Ploi Pirapokin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Covers a variety of topics makinv works like an encyclopedia.


Stern takes students through the shapes of fiction and explains how each shape works and maknig the readers examples. Jul 16, John Robin rated it it was amazing Shelves: There were a few small tips I picked up from it, but it was mostly unhelpful and had some inappropriate shapelly.

He also creates an alphabet for writers of fiction. When people communicate, they communicate with their faces, their bodies, their timing, and the objects around them. The list includes everything from accuracy, character, cliff-hanger, convention, to flashback and irony.

I was in Tumblr, there was this quote from this book that said, “Dialogue is not just quotation. Topics like atmosphere, dialogue, tension, endings, structure, and suspense are very helpful and made me rethink and rework my NaNoWriMo project. You will see how a A very helpful writing guide that explains the finer points of writing fiction.

Making Shapely Fiction

I recommend it to those who want to turn writing into jeromd career. It’s not really the kind of book you’d read through to help perfect your writing, as you would a traditional novel-writing how-to.

Initially this was assigned reading for makign class and some of it I found intriguing. This section is also somewhat repetitive: It’s basically a This was the “required reading” for a writing class I just took. Mar 27, Robb Lightfoot rated it it was amazing. Account Options Sign in. Yeah, it’s been that long since Jeromme laid my eyes on a self-help book. A fantastic book that will change the way writers look at fiction.


The first half discusses a variety of story-forms, structures, that are useful to solve problems or achieve a result.

Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern

I just love this kaking. Stern makes learning the shapes easy and his explanations Making Shapely Fiction is a book about the craft of writing.

Would love to use this as a textbook. This is one of, if not the best writing manual I’ve ever read. Well mkaing to be either read straight through or in the necessary bits and pieces. When tension and immediacy combine, the story begins. This is THE best book I’ve read on writing fiction to date. I say this as someone who owns scores of how-to-write books and etern been reading them for the past 40 years.

You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles of momentum, tension, and immediacy.

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The language and format make it a great read from fictino to end and a beneficial reference book. Short Takes on Life and Culture It’d be great for beginning writers.

I pray that I get over this stupid obsession with a boy I’ve been writing about since I’ve known him. Aug 30, Lee rated it really liked it. Making Shapely Fiction Jerome H.