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Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story

Ursula K. Le Guin
Format
Book
Published
Boston ; New York : Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
Edition
First Mariner books edition
Language
English
Variant Title
Twenty-first century guide to sailing the sea of story
21st-century guide to sailing the sea of story
ISBN
9780544611610, 0544611616
Related Resources
Sample text Contributor biographical information Publisher description
Summary
"Completely revised and rewritten to address the challenges and opportunities of the modern era, this handbook is a short, deceptively simple guide to the craft of writing. Le Guin lays out ten chapters that address the most fundamental components of narrative, from the sound of language to sentence construction to point of view. Each chapter combines illustrative examples from the global canon with Le Guin's own witty commentary and an exercise that the writer can do solo or in a group. She also offers a comprehensive guide to working in writing groups, both actual and online."--Publisher's website.
Contents
  • The sound of your writing
  • Punctuation and grammar
  • Sentence length and complex syntax
  • Repetition
  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • Verbs: person and tense
  • Point of view and voice
  • Changing point of view
  • Indirect narration, or what tells
  • Crowding and leaping
  • Appendix: the peer group workshop
  • Exercises: Being gorgeous ; Am I Saramago ; Short and long ; Again and again and again ; Chastity ; The old woman ; Points of view ; Changing voices ; Telling it slant ; A terrible thing to do.
Description
xvii, 141 pages ; 21 cm
Notes
"Modernized, new edition"--Back cover.
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