This intermediate/advanced guide to writing fiction emphasizes the revision process and uses craft discussions, exercises, and diverse examples to show the artistic implications of writing choices. First-rate international examples, both classical and contemporary, throughout the book help students reflect upon and explore writing possibilities.
"The authors are both sophisticated and clear-sighted, and their instruction is clearly that of writers to other writers. Even published authors might find this book valuable. I recommend it strongly."
-- Charles Baxter, author of Burning Down the House
"This is the most literate, practical and inspired guide of its kind, as urgently useful to the developing writer as a dictionary or a muse. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how fiction is made."
-- Carolyn Cooke, author of The Bostons
"This is on my very very short list of books that offer the serious writer an intelligent and perceptive discussion about the tools of our craft; the emphasis on revision in every chapter is evidence that Nyren and Stone know what's essential as we write our way toward stories that matter."
-- Laurie Lynn Drummond, author of Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You
"This is not simply a book about the craft of fiction. Stone and Nyren have given us a poignant book --thoroughly researched, thoughtfully organized, and beautifully written --that engages the serious writer in the craft of making art. I turn to it for practice and for inspiration."
-- Ann Cummins, author of Yellowcake