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Architecture of the Novel

A Writer's Handbook

by Jane Vandenburgh Author · Anne Lamott Author of introduction, etc.


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Advice on building a work of fiction, from "a writer of great daring and skill to match" (Newsweek).

From a highly acclaimed author who has spent many years teaching the craft of fiction writing, Architecture of the Novel is an ambitious blueprint for writers, one that reveals the underlying machinery that propels a plot that is dynamic, coherent, and interesting.

Her method points to the elemental nature of narrative: A story consists of its events, which are told in scenes. These scenes naturally place themselves along the arc of the story in an order that provides suspense and mystery, drawing characters toward the inevitability of their fictive destinies.

Profoundly practical and encouraging to writers at all levels, and with a foreword by Anne Lamott, Architecture of the Novel offers the maps and mechanics to successfully guide writers toward the story that must be told.

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Jane Vandenburgh (Author)

Jane Vandenburgh, a novelist, teacher, and journalist, is the author of two novels, Failure to Zigzag and The Physics of Sunset, and a memoir, A Pocket History of Sex in the Twentieth Century. She lives in Point Richmond, California.

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