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Architecture of the Novel

A Writer's Handbook

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August 17, 2010 | Paperback | 5.6 x 7.5, 240 Pages | ISBN 9781582435978
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“Both practical and inspiring, this fast read offers a brick-by-brick refresher course for longtime writers in addition to helping new writers make sense of the chaos.” —Chicago Tribune

Jane Vandenburgh, the author of two highly acclaimed novels and a recent memoir, offers aspiring writers the tools to create powerful and unique novels, filled not only with good writing but also dynamic storytelling.

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.

Architecture of the Novel derives from the many years Vandenburgh has spent teaching the craft of fiction writing. 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, yet encouraging to writers at all levels, Architecture of the Novel offers the maps and mechanics to successfully guide writers toward the story that must be told.

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.

Anne Lamott (foreword) is the best-selling author of Operating Instructions, Bird by Bird, Traveling Mercies, and most recently Blue Shoe. She lives in Northern California with her son, Sam.

Praise

“Both practical and inspiring, this fast read offers a brick-by-brick refresher course for longtime writers in addition to helping new writers make sense of the chaos.” —Chicago Tribune

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