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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1REV edition (Jan. 18 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771041985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771041983
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 11 2013
There are plenty of how-to writing books on the market, many of them focused on writing page-turning novels that will land a publisher and sell tons of copies. Certainly, they have their place in the market, but once in a while writers should get back to basics and read a book that is all about writing well. A Passion For Narrative is a great choice.

Jack Hodgins is not only a highly regarded Canadian author known for his Vancouver Island settings and wonderful storytelling, but he's been teaching writing for years. The man knows what he's talking about. His chapters on character, setting, and plot are excellent, with terrific examples to stress points.

Hodgins asks the reader to do the exercises offered at the end of each chapter, and supplies a recommended reading list emphasizing each chapter's topic. While these exercises will benefit new writers or offer advanced writers new ways to look at their work, there are so many exercises that I doubt readers will try half of them. I reviewed the original 1993 edition, which was revised in 2001. Even since 2001, I think most writers are more impatient than ever to be published, which is a shame. In the push to become savvy marketers with twenty self-published e-books to sell, the concept of writing well, just for the joy of it, has become lost in the shuffle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Moore on Oct. 18 2013
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We are using it as a text in our Creative Writing course, and it's excellent. You'll learn a lot about the basics of writing fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AJR on Nov. 10 2011
As a new Writer, this book is at first discouraging and overwhelming. But as you read it, the veil of narrative writing starts to lift and you begin to glimpse the methods, tricks and styles that create great writing. You also learn to avoid the pitfalls. A must read for budding novelists.
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