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Macmillan Higher Education

Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction

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Palgrave

Pages: 208
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Paperback - 9780230580558

15 October 2010

$39.99

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Ebook - 9781137037206

15 September 2010

$29.99

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This book illuminates how technique serves 'story logic,' the particular way fiction makes meaning. Writers raid the cupboard of theory looking for what works, and generic rules don't account for the rich variety of...

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This book illuminates how technique serves 'story logic,' the particular way fiction makes meaning. Writers raid the cupboard of theory looking for what works, and generic rules don't account for the rich variety of strategies they employ. For writers who are past the beginner stage, Brady offers a closer look at craft fundamentals, including plot, characterization, patterns of imagery, and style. The lively, lucid discussion draws on vivid examples from classic and contemporary fiction, ranging from George Eliot and William Faulkner to Haruki Murakami and Toni Morrison. Because it supplies the analytical tools needed to read as a writer, this text will enrich the reader's approach to any work of fiction, energizing discussion in a workshop or craft course.

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Focuses on the particular challenges faced by aspiring writers
Includes writing exercises to give readers the opportunity to apply key concepts to their own writing

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Story Logic
The Elusiveness at the Heart of Story Structure
Chapter Structure and Shapeliness in the Novel
Three Key Strategies of Story Logic
Captured in Motion: Dynamic Characterization
Point of View Q& A 
Synedoche and Metonymy in Setting, Staging and Dialogue 
Patterns of Imagery
Showing and Telling
The Sentence as a Touchstone of Style 
Exercises 
Notes 
Further Reading. 

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Catherine Brady is the author of three story collections, including Curled in the Bed of Love, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. A former president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, she teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco, USA.

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Catherine Brady is the author of three story collections, including Curled in the Bed of Love, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. A former president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, she teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco, USA.

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