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by Jack Bickham

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Author: Jack Bickham
ISBN: 0898798213
ISBN13: 978-0898798210
Language: English
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Edition Unstated edition (September 15, 1997)
Pages: 128
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Fictional life, according to Jack Bickham, is better than real life. You don't get struck by lightning. Not good if you're a fictional character.

Fictional life, according to Jack Bickham, is better than real life. You are not subject to random acts of cruelty. Events proceed logically. On the other hand, Bickham says, "In fiction, the best times for the writer-and reader-are when the story's main character is in the worst trouble. The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes is as engaging as Bickham wants your fiction to be. It is sharp, focused, funny, and pointed.

You don't get struck by lightning. On the other hand, Bickham says, In fiction, the best times for the writer-and reader-are when the story's main character is in the worst trouble.

Jack M. Bickham t is the fear of strong emotional feelings. I have met several enormously talented students who never sold their stories because their copy was devoid of real emotion; these writers feared strong feelings in real life and simply couldn't face such feelings in their writing.

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Bickham, who has written over 65 novels and several fiction-writing guides, has little patience for wannabes. Jack M. The 38 most common fiction writing mistakes and how to avoid them, Jack M. p. cm. Includes index. Writers write," Bickham says. Everyone else makes excuses. Bickham's pronouncements are decidedly negative: "Don't Describe Sunsets," advises one chapter; "Don't Write About Wimps"; "Don't Let Be Windbags"; and "Don't Worry What Your Mother Will Think. But his lessons are positive. ISBN-13: 978-0-89879-821-0 (pb. In each of the 38 chapters (one for each fiction writing mistake) he clearly and thoroughly discusses each mistake and makes it evident why such writing doesn't work. After reading this book, such errors become evident in your own work. I know mine started jumping right out at me. Bickham is also a motivator, telling would be writers to set a schedule and write, write, write and you will find success.

Provides suggestions for correcting common writing mistakes and offers advice on developing a fiction writer's attitude, refining ideas and language, and submitting manuscripts
Comments to eBook The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes
VariesWent
There are a lot of books to help the novice writer, but many go over the same information in a somewhat oblique way; one that makes applying them more of a philosophical exercise than a tutorial on the tools of the craft. This book is not one of them. The lessons, while not novel, are expressed in a way that makes them immediately applicable.
Unde
I have rarely highlighted as many sections or paragraphs as I have in "The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes". I've also rarely groaned as much, but the former good moments far outweighed the latter ones. When you look past the occasional cringeworthy examples and the frequent gender-normativity (male examples take action; female ones are passive and acted upon), you'll find troves of useful tips, insightful advice, and solid recommendations. Definitely recommended for new writers.
Galanjov
For those who are not MFA's in creative writing and are learning the craft of creative writing on their own (i.e. me), this is an excellent book. It would compare to as essential for your collection as James N. Frey's "How to write a damn good novel (I or II)". In fact, really, there is more here since many other books on how to write a novel give you fewer "rules" without, in some cases, as much supporting detail. He gives before and after samples from students that show the importance of not making the mistakes he's talking about. It can also be read through relatively quickly as it's not too voluminous. It's not done in the "workshop" fashion with writing prompts and exercises which takes a long time to get through (and, in many workshop-type books, there aren't before and after samples). However,like I said above, there are brief, concrete examples of each point so it is easy to understand.

Learning the creative writing craft is not easy. There are issues of pacing, plotting, character development, setting, description, point of view and viewpoint character perspective, showing not telling, etc., that all must come together in your writing. These essential elements are all addressed in this book with his rules of thumb. Perhaps those who gave the book low ratings already know all those aspects about writing. My writing is pretty good and improving all the time and a lot of this I knew from reading several books on novel writing and reading about the craft as well as taking writersonlineworkshops. However, when I started I wish I'd seen this book earlier and followed his advice. If you are teaching yourself or if you are seriously interested in improving in the actual mechanics of the process and craft of creative writing this book as well as books like: Frey's, Sol Stein's book, Writing tools and self editing for fiction writers, among others, are must have books.

His tone could be better in that he's pretty strong willed and blunt about presenting an example of a mistake and saying things like: "Don't do this. It looks dumb. Do this instead. Here is why." Regardless, I'll give the author 5 stars because the advice is generally correct and to the point. If someone wants to argue he gave 1 point of bad advice about something (I didn't see it) maybe they also need to remember the "rule" about creative writing - there are no rules (just "write")!
watchman
Keep a copy of this in your laptop case. I do.
You can read this in one sitting. Highlight memorable elaborative phrasings, then skim it before your next project.

I double check the table of contents before proofreading my own work or editing somebody else's.
Gholbirdred
Insightful, to the point, actually helpful. There are so many fine books on writing, it is tough to say "You've got the read this one!" But I do say it.
Water
There is good information in this book, but I am not sure if the presentation of it is the best way to go. Reading about mistakes is probably best done after a writer has finished a rough draft and wants to check it see if there are any of these mistakes.
Some of the mistakes, several of the 38, really had nothing to do with technique or style, they addressed the act of working as a professional and presenting your work in the appropriate format.
Not that this is bad information, but here it is outdated and a bit simplistic. For instance we are told not to send a manuscript to an editor that has been printed on a nine pin dot matrix printer. A problem with not updating the book before reprinting it, it makes me wonder if there are any other bits of information that are outdated that I didn't notice.
I really had a problem with the constant use of the pronoun "she". As I read I don't register words like he, she, it, and, the, and the like. When she as been substituted for he, when the pronoun refers to mankind in general and not a specific woman, it is very distracting. I believe that it causes the exact opposite effect that the pc crowd is hoping for, instead of making women equal it takes away the fact that they had a specific pronoun "she". Where they once were treated special, now they are patronized and the reader distracted.
So do I recommend this work? Maybe. If you are reading a lot of writing books, include this one and you won't be harmed. But if you have a budget or are just starting to delve into the various and many books on writing I would recommend starting elsewhere, "How to Write a Damn Good Novel" and "The First Five Pages" are both two good reads, they have basically the same information, but are written in a style that is less "dry" more current and they read quicker.
Ytli
I have a dozen books on science fiction and how to write it. But many of those books assume you know the basic rules to writing fiction. So I decided to buy this book and see if I was missing anything by reading only about how to write science fiction. I'm very happy that I did.
The book NOT only deals with characters, plots and dialogue, but also how to add passion to your stories, how to deal with procrastination and keeping your story on course. Not only does the book point out the mistakes, but all the ways to get around them. Jack M. Bickham doesn't tell you, "This is the wrong way," without also saying, "But this is how to fix it".
He is also honest - he won't tell you that it's easy or simple to do. It's HARD work and, whether you put pen to paper for fun or profit, it takes up a LOT of time to do it right.
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