How Fiction Works Essay

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How Fiction Works How Fiction Works The last word on writing fiction— from basics to the fine points. OAKLEY HALL STORY PRESS CINCINNATI OHIO www.writersdigest.com How Fiction Works. Copyright © 2001 by Oakley Hall. Manufactured in the United States of America. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer, who may quote brief passages in a review. Published by Story Press, an imprint of F&W Publications, Inc., 1507 Dana Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207. (800) 289-0963. First edition. Visit our Web site at www.writersdigest.com for information on more resources for writers. To receive a free weekly e-mail newsletter delivering tips and updates about writing and about Writer's Digest products, send an e-mail with the message "Subscribe Newsletter" to newsletter-request@writersdigest.com, or register directly at our Web site at www.writersdigest.com. 05 04 03 02 01 5 4 3 2 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hall, Oakley M. How fiction works / by Oakley Hall. p. cm. Includes index. ISBN 1-88491-049-1 (alk. paper) 1. Fiction—Authorship. I. Title. PN3355 .H29 808.3—dc21 2000 00-061879 CIP Edited by Jack Heffron and Michelle Howry Interior designed by Sandy Kent Production coordinated by Emily Gross For Hunter Dallas Jones About the Author O akley Hall was born in San Diego, attended the University of California at Berkeley (B.A.) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A.). He served in the Marines in World War II. He and his wife, the photographer Barbara Hall, have four children and seven grandchildren. They live half the year in San Francisco and half in Squaw Valley in the Sierra. He has published twenty-one novels, two of which, Warlock and

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