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4.0 out of 5 stars For Those Who Care About Writing Well, Feb. 11 2013
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Debra Purdy Kong (British Columbia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Passion for Narrative: A Guide to Writing Fiction - Revised Edition (Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't afford the time or money to take a course? Buy this book!, Oct. 18 2013
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This review is from: A Passion for Narrative: A Guide to Writing Fiction - Revised Edition (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting started in Writing, Nov. 10 2011
This review is from: A Passion for Narrative: A Guide to Writing Fiction - Revised Edition (Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars jam packed with information, Jan. 17 2009
This review is from: A Passion for Narrative: A Guide to Writing Fiction - Revised Edition (Paperback)
I've found a lot of helpful ideas in this book.

I especially enjoy all the books the author suggests for clarification and to illustrate each chapter's subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterclass in writing, Oct. 29 2011
This review is from: A Passion for Narrative: A Guide to Writing Fiction - Revised Edition (Paperback)
I had the good fortune to have had the author as my Grade 11 Creative Writing teacher in Nanaimo BC. He was and is still a fantastic teacher, a kind man and a very helpful encouraging mentor to all his students. For an aspiring writer to have a successful author, one who has "walked the walk", giving you his lessons on how to write is priceless! Well you can have the same through this book. It is written in a very personable style; you feel as though the author is talking to you. It makes you think, forces you to analyze your own writing, as well as that of published authors, and gives great tips and tools that you can use throughout your journey, from wherever you are starting as a writer.
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