Writing a First Novel: Reflections on the Journey by Karen StevensWriting a First Novel: Reflections on the Journey by Karen Stevens

Writing a First Novel: Reflections on the Journey

byKaren Stevens

Paperback | January 27, 2014

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This invaluable collection of essays by published novelists focuses on the journey of writing a first novel. Writers generously offer their insight and advice on the joys and challenges that new authors of fiction will inevitably encounter along the way. A literary agent and a publisher add their own professional perspectives.



KAREN STEVENS is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, UK.
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Title:Writing a First Novel: Reflections on the JourneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pagesPublished:January 27, 2014Publisher:Macmillan Education UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230290825

ISBN - 13:9780230290822

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.- List of Contributors.- Introduction; Karen Stevens.- PART I: INSPIRATION AND THE NOVEL.- Something Given: Reflections on Writing; Hanif Kureishi.- Look Back in Angst; Valerie Martin.- Illuminating the Shadows: the Space Between Fact and Fiction; Johanna Skibsrud.- Genesis; David Vann.- PART II: RESEARCH AND THE NOVEL.- Treasure, Trash, and Planned Obsolescence; Maile Chapman
Writing Home; Edward Hogan.- Walking the Tightrope; Kishwar DesaiThe Reluctant Aficionado; Wena Poon.- PART III: VOICE AND THE .- NOVEL.- Hearing Voices; Alison MacLeod.- 'This Won't Do': Pig and the Temptation of Silence; Andrew Cowan.- Knots and Narrative; Jane Rusbridge.- 'Voice' and the Inescapable Complexity of Experience; Isabel Ashdown.- PART IV: FORM AND THE NOVEL.- Giving Shape to One's Universe; Helon Habila.- Another Fine Mess; David Swann.- Man of Letters; Soumya Bhattacharya.- Belief; Jane Feaver.- PART V: THE BUSINESS OF PUBLISHING.- An Agent's Perspective; Hannah Westland.- The Role of the Editor; Helen Garnons-Williams.- Baby, You've Got it; Lionel Shriver.- Index.