Making Shapely Fiction has ratings and 87 reviews. Lee said: I taught this one (and learned from it, too) — it’s real clear and funny and comprehens. 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. 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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This book was originally assigned reading for a class I took, however, I find that it is a helpful resource and I actually enjoy reading it. Some of them are more basic than others but the descriptions of all of them get you thinking and are helpful in relooking at current works in progress shapeely ways that might have been hiding from the conscious mind.

Making Shapely Fiction

Shapely Fiction is a writing reference book full of memorable, spot-on one-liners. For serious students of fiction, Jerome Stern is the Alpha crow.

Well, it’s not like there are sterm who missed me here. Now it’s quite a bit overdue but since I am persona non grata in the library now I am taking my time. I know I will reread and browse through the book for years to come.

A special section features an Alphabet for Writers: Loved the way this book is organized. A special section features an Alphabet for Writers: Jun 07, Liz Shine rated it liked it. It’s not like that. Refresh and try again.


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If you aren’t comfortable writing about foul-mouthed characters, you shouldn’t. I came across this book as required reading in the now defunct UC Davis creative writing program. This book has been of help to me, somehow, into writing shapely fiction. Stern makes learning the shapes easy and his explanations Makimg Shapely Fiction is a book about the craft of writing.

Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern

Jun 10, Sara Batkie added it. I just love this book. His incisive monologues are regularly heard on National Public Radio. To view it, click here. He writes with humor and uses excellent examples to underline his points.

I think the first section of the book is quite useful as a kickstarter maming writing different types of stories.

When tension and immediacy combine, the story begins. Still, this section has some good advice and insights, and by the end the tone has lightened up a bit and it seems less preachy and patronizing.

Apr 25, Catherine Cole rated it really liked it. I’ve read a few of this type of manual and this one looks one of the best. It’s thoughtfully written and it’s not geared toward someone who hasn’t ever written before. The “Banging Shutter” story, the “Hobos in space story”, the “Moral” story which is aptly names “The I cried because I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet story. The “Banging Shutter” story, the “Hobos in space story”, the “Moral” story maaking is aptly names “The I cried because I had no In terms of providing story shapes and how they work best, this is a maoing encyclopedia of examples, and they come in hilarious, palatable doses.


Common terms and phrases acters action Anne Tyler Anti-hero beginning believe char character character’s cliches comic create criticism D. The language and format make it a great read from beginning to end and a beneficial reference book.

Selected pages Title Page. 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.

Description A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction—what makes it work and what can make it fail. I’ve been introduced to this book because the shapes that Stern provided could be applied to scenes too – so that a story is a combination of well-shaped scenes.

I would recommend ficgion the most for someone who felt like they were in a rut writing the same type of story over and over again.

Sep 01, Kate Willis marked it as unfinished. I read it as a way to launch into a new writing schedule and summer writing.