5 thoughts on “Guide to Fiction Writing

  1. I grew up with Phyllis Ayame Whitney, 104 year-old ‘Grand Mistress Of Fiction’. Ignore romance-looking covers and antiquated predicaments. We’re engaged by everyday feelings, in suspenseful paces. She was a professional plotter, in distinct settings that were meticulously-researched. There is a reason she published 100 mysteries for adults and children; beginning only at age 40. I wondered how this was possible, how she turned ideas into that staggering output. “Guide To Fiction Writing”, 1982,

  2. I have a couple of ideas for novels upstairs in my brain and jotted down in one of my notebooks, but at this time I’m working on short stories and poetry. Nevertheless Phyllis A. Whitney’s book on writing fiction was an encouraging read and gave a lot of fertilizer for thought.

    Now many of the techniques and suggestions she presents are not my style. She did loads of preliminary planning on paper before she began to pen a novel. But she says that her preparation style may not be everyone’s cup o

  3. Phyllis Whitney was a prolific writer of mysteries for adults and for young people. Her stories belong to an older style, more in the Agatha Christie vein than Stephen King. Nevertheless, they are clever, well written, and fun. She tells a good story. And this is the main point of her guide to writing–tell a good story.

    The book is divided into two parts: Methods and Process, and Technique. In the first part she talks about opportunity and writing habits, the necessary preliminaries for writing

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