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In his essential writing guide, This Year You Write Your Novel, Walter Mosley supplied aspiring writers with the basic tools to write a novel in one year. In this complementary follow up, Mosley guides the writer through the elements of not just any fiction writing, but the kind of writing that transcends convention and truly stands out. How does one approach the genius of writers like Melville, Dickens, or Twain? In Elements of Fiction, Walter Mosley contemplates the answer.

In a series of instructive and conversational chapters, Mosley demonstrates how to master fiction's most essential elements: character and character development, plot and story, voice and narrative, context and description, and more. The result is a vivid depiction of the writing process, from the blank page to the first draft to rewriting, and rewriting again. Throughout, Elements of Fiction is enriched by brilliant demonstrative examples that Mosley himself has written here for the first time.

Inspiring, accessible, and told in a voice both trustworthy and wise, Elements of Fiction will intrigue and encourage writers and readers alike.

©2019 Thing Itself, Inc. (P)2019 Tantor

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An organic way of storytelling

Loved the book and the many examples of story telling. The examples gave me insight to an authentic process of novel writing. Did not box one in with rules and plot points. Gave a voice to the story itself. Loved it! Great selection of Mirron Willis as narrator too.

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