By Cunning & Craft
Sound Advice and Practical Wisdom for Fiction Writers
by Peter Selgin
Writer's Digest Books, 2007
$19.99 hardcover, 272 pages
Read an Excerpt
People are the center of fiction. In Chapter 1: People of By Cunning and Craft, find out how to tap into your characters motivations and build characters that your readers will feel like they know. Plus, download a PDF of the Table of Contents and Chapter 1: People.
About the Book
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Case for Cunning & Craft
II. Point of View
III. Structure and Plot
VI. Scene, Summary, and Flashback
VII. Voice and Style
X. Inspiration, Perspiration, Publication
Selected Bibliography: Books on Craft