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To write great fiction is not a present for the few gifted.
To write great fiction is not a present for the few gifted. There' s a handicraft for telling stories that can be learnt, and the study of the writer's technique can be unbelievably worthwhile - both in person and at work. If you have no ambition to write the next Moby-Dick, you will find value in researching all aspects of the great fiction.
Beginning with the incantation of a sequence over the representation of an action up to the selection of an angle of vision, Writing Great Fiction: Tips and Techniques provides a great way to tell stories. Teached by celebrated author James Hynes, a former guest lecturer at the famous Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Michigan, these 24 enlightening talks will show you the special features of the fiction author.
Professor Hynes not only gives classes, but also the first few stages of an education that will show you not only how fiction works, but also how to literate like a novelist. Discover the realm of fiction, from Chekhov's Kiss to Marilynne Robinson's House-keeping. This course not only shows you how the fiction element works, but is also an active implement.
Hynes concludes each class with an excercise to make your juice flow. You are the only one who knows what you want to tell, but the many samples and writing instructions in these presentations will take you from writing to writing - often the most difficult part of any given outreach.
Willam Faulkner once said that writing a novel is like a one-armed man trying to beat up a henhouse in a hurricane. This may be an overstatement, but to find your way into a narrative can require just as much creativity and experiment. The opening speeches of this course will teach you how to do it:
The elixir of good fiction is the stage detail, whether you want to follow the old suggestion "show, do not tell" or achieve what the writer John Gardner described as "a living and uninterrupted dream". Hynes shows you how to select abundant detail while at the same time maintaining a clear overview of your work. If you are making a fictitious figure, you are building the delusion of implying a true figure instead of reproducing it.
In four presentations on the subject of developing your own personality, you will learn how to create realistically thinking and acting figures. The Craft Great Dialogue: One session with two presentations highlights the balance between dialog and narrative, with samples from the work of Charles Dickens, Alice Munro and Toni Morrison and the professor's own fiction.
In order to do this, you need to organize your history, which can be one of the most difficult parts of writing fiction. You will see in this session of three lectures that much depends on the angle from which it is narrated. Professor Hynes examines the spectrum of possible narratives, from the all-knowledge of Middle March to the free discourses of light in August and from the dual awareness of Huck Finn to the untrustworthy storyteller of Aspern papers.
The time also has an important part to play in fiction - the age of the scene of a plot, the order of things and the timings with which information is disclosed to the readers are all decisive factors. The last part of this course takes you back from the idiosyncratic aspects of stage composing and looks at history as a whole.
A working author, Professor Hynes is able to combine his doctrine of the fictional element with the knowledge of his own work. It uses illustrative literary histories as well as his own stories and stories from his own times in the foxholes of novel writing. Sharing his own process and technique, he even explores concrete instances of where he fought as a struggler and shows how he has overcome these problems.
What is beautiful about fictional writing is that it is a highly imaginative area. There' s no real answer, no way to tell a tale. An abundance of drills makes you write so that you can practise the many skills you are learning. On the way there, Professor Hynes is a capable leader who will show you what has worked for him and other writers and point out traps to avert.
Write great fiction: Tips and Techniques is really an extraordinary course for all who are interested in story-telling.