Table of Contents
   Introductionp. 3
   The General Disciplines That Every Writer Needsp. 7
      Writing Every Dayp. 7
      Learning How to Write Without Restraintp. 10
      Avoidance, False Starts, and Dead-End Thinkingp. 13
      A Final Note About Processp. 14
   The Elements of Fictionp. 17
      The Narrative Voicep. 17
      First-Person Narrativep. 18
      Third-Person Narrativep. 22
      The Omniscient Narratorp. 25
      Final Notes on Narrative Voicep. 29
      Showing and Tellingp. 30
      Sensationsp. 34
      Emotionsp. 35
      The Pedestrian in Fictionp. 36
      Metaphor and Similep. 37
      Final Note on Showing and Tellingp. 40
      Character and Character Developmentp. 40
      A Final Note on Character Developmentp. 47
      Storyp. 48
      Intuition Versus Structurep. 51
      Engagementp. 55
      Plotp. 56
      Final Thoughts on Plot and Storyp. 61
      The Uses of Poetry in Fiction Writingp. 62
   Where to Beginp. 65
      Congratulationsp. 65
      First Wordsp. 65
      The Midlands of the Novelp. 69
      Researchp. 70
   Rewriting, or Editingp. 73
      The First Draftp. 73
      The Second Draftp. 74
      The Many Drafts That Followp. 76
      The Elements of Rewritingp. 78
      The Nexus of Character, Story, Theme, and Plotp. 78
      The Devil and the Detailsp. 81
      Repetitionp. 81
      Descriptions and Condensationp. 82
      Dialoguep. 87
      A Solitary Exercisep. 92
      Musicp. 93
      When Am I Finished Rewriting?p. 95
   Miscellanyp. 97
      On Genrep. 97
      A Note on Aestheticsp. 98
      Writing Workshopsp. 99
      Literary Organizations, Agents, Publishers...and Getting Publishedp. 101
   In Summationp. 103
   Indexp. 105