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Writing Great Fiction ❰Read❯ ➪ Writing Great Fiction Author James Hynes – Thomashillier.co.uk Whether you're huddled around the campfire composing an email to a friend or sitting down to write a novel storytelling is fundamental to human nature But as any writer can tell you the blank page can Whether you're huddled around the campfire composing an email to a friend or sitting down to write a novel storytelling is fundamental to human nature But as any writer can tell Writing Great eBook ñ you the blank page can be daunting It's tough to know where to get started what details to include in each scene and how to move from the kernel of an idea to a completed manuscript Writing Great Fiction isn't a gift reserved for the talented few There is a craft to storytelling that can be learned and studying writing techniues can be incredibly rewarding both personally and professionally Even if you don’t have ambitions of penning the next Moby Dick you'll find value in exploring all the elements of fiction From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts Writing Great Fiction Storytelling Tips and Techniues offers a master class in storytelling Taught by award winning novelist James Hynes a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop these insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft Get tips for developing believable and memorable characters explore how to craft plausible dialogue that serves the purposes of your narrative compare the advantages of different points of view and A wealth of exercises will inspire you to practice the many techniues you learn Professor Hynes is an able guide showing you what has worked for him and other novelists and pointing out pitfalls to avoid Writing Great Fiction is truly an exceptional course for anyone interested in storytelling© The Teaching Company LLC P The Great Courses.


10 thoughts on “Writing Great Fiction

  1. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish says:

    This audio lecture was than I had expected it to be but not what I needed it to be There's a lot of great detail given to writing techniues such as point of view plotting and things like that but I was looking for something basic Something less geared toward the mechanics of writing and focused on theories and ideas such as finding your muse using your own experiences to flesh out a storysimple examples that would have hopefully had me me saying Aha Great idea I can do that but there was nothing like that James Hynes the authorlecturer used examples from what he called great classics citing authors I had never heard of before which added to my lack of interest in much of what he was trying to tell us So I guess what I'm saying is that it's not a bad lecture just not what I needed


  2. Courtney Umlauf Courtney Umlauf says:

    I found this to be a nice succinct overview of a lot of information that I think will interest not only people who want to write fiction but anyone who enjoys thinking about books He gave plenty of examples from both classic and contemporary fiction that I found interesting It might be less engaging if you haven't read the books he references but even if you haven't you can still get something from thisListening or reading about writing is important to me because I find it so easy to be a lazy reader It's not that I've never learned about Freytags pyramid or stream of consciousness as a narrative mode it's just that it's easy for me to think about literature only in terms of my initial enjoyment of it and never think any critically about why I enjoyed it Courses like this are a good reminderHynes was easy to listen to very clear and direct while also acknowledging that so much about the writing process is subjective He gives tips tricks and anecdotes about how to get your creative process going but never presses one method as right or wrong Everyone's method will be different the important thing is to figure out what works for you I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to be do some writing or that loves books


  3. مشاري الإبراهيم مشاري الإبراهيم says:

    I didn't learn a lot from it


  4. Kells Next Read Kells Next Read says:

    Was very helpful and Informative


  5. Ericka Clouther Ericka Clouther says:

    Entertaining and somewhat informative lecture series on writing There was a lot in here in though that we all learned in high school English class like the general structure of a novel


  6. Amy Amy says:

    I found this lecture series by author James Hynes to be thoroughly enjoyable and uite informative Even while listening to discussions on writing techniues I already know I was engrossed in the lessons I especially enjoyed the many examples from classic and contemporary literature he used to illustrate his points And the writing exercises at the end of each lesson were practical; a few of them even helped me through an issue I was having with my own story For me this was the right time to be reminded of writing fundamentals and to hear a pep talk from someone who’s been in the trenches


  7. carlageek carlageek says:

    This is a pretty disappointing lecture series It doesn’t cover any ground that isn’t explored thoroughly inspiringly and actionably in Stein on Writing Compared to Stein Hynes is wishy washy a little afraid to articulate principles strongly and to translate principles into methods; he seems to lack the courage of his convictions about what makes good writing The result is a course that tells you “you can do things this way but you can also do them that way” and doesn’t give a beginner or an advanced beginner like myself much clear guidance on what to do to make her writing better The one thing Hynes does better than Stein is choose excellent and diverse examples The only time Hynes leans on his own fiction is in what turns out to be the best lecture in the series; Hynes generously shares a few paragraphs of one of his own mediocre first drafts and shows how rewrites honed it into tighter intentional writing This before and after expose is inspiring for the perfectionist writer who finds writing first drafts painful because they are so unsatisfyingly bad to read Not that I would know anything about that Stein talks a great deal about revision and tells you over and over again that great writing emerges in the editing not in the drafting but Hynes show and tell really drives the point homeAnyway a two and a half star effort from which I carried away little in the way of new insight to paste on the inside cover of my notebook I might say that the lecture series could be useful for beginners who don’t already know the stuff that Hynes is covering but even to them I’d say go read Stein on Writing first and then read it two times


  8. David David says:

    Reading books about writing is like reading books about go or painting or drawing or anything else I'd like to get better at At a certain point you have absorbed all the book knowledge you can get and you won't actually get better except by actually doing itI didn't really expect this Great Courses series to teach me something I hadn't already heard about characterization dialog plotting story etc But I do like this genre of self help books even if readinglistening to them is a form of procrastination something the lecturer Professor James Hynes points out is a typical failing of writers who will go to great lengths to avoid actually sitting down to writeThere's nothing wrong with this course For a beginning writer it's got solid advice it's just the same advice you'll get from any other book about writing or one day writing workshop As is usual with this kind of thing the author largely draws on his own favorite go to writers in Hynes's case this is most often Mark Twain William Faulkner Anne Lamott EM Forster and John Gardner though he name checks many others from Stephen King to Cormac McCarthy to Austen and Dickens to Anton Chekov as well as his own writing in modest doses Refreshingly he has some appreciation of genre fiction though the course is mostly tilted towards literary writing


  9. Cindy Marsch Cindy Marsch says:

    Really excellent distillation of all we should have read and should ongoingly remember about the craft of writing I have recommended it to many of my editing clients and want to listen again soon I particularly like how he revisits EM Forster's classic and repeatedly brings in samples from Woolf Chekov Marilynne Robinson and other beloved writers There are writing exercises suggested at the end of each short chapter and a pdf course booklet to go with it This would make a wonderful group study for those who want to develop their craft


  10. Gary Gary says:

    James Hynes' lectures to me as a writer reader and teacher of writing present excellent and thorough information in all three areas My favorite lecture explains The Wizard of Oz in terms of Freytag's pyramid Another favorite explains about ten points of view not just the typical five I'll be listening and learning from this lecture series again Hynes is disarmingly honest and unpretentious besides being inspiring


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