Creative Writing

By Cunning and Craft: Sound Advice and Practical Wisdom for Fiction Writers by Peter Selgin

41T58+o9aZLBy Cunning and Craft: Sound Advice and Practical Wisdom for Fiction Writers by Peter Selgin, graduate, the MFA in Creative Writing at The New School.

Writers Digest Books, 2007

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Writing successful fiction is a balance between trusting one’s own instincts and making the right conscious choices. In By Cunning & Craft, award-winning novelist and short-story writer Peter Selgin shows you how to combine the instinctive process of creation with sound technical ingenuity.

With precise instruction and examples from classic and best-selling works, this authoritative guide helps you master the ten essential fiction-writing elements: inspiration; character; point of view; structure and plot; theme; dialogue; description; scenes, summary, and flashback; voice and style; and revision.

Whether you’re facing the blank pages of a first draft or trying to revise a completed manuscript, By Cunning & Craft provides you with the guidance you need to outfox common writing pitfalls and make sure your work isn’t wanting in wit—or perfection.

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