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Capturing the Magic of Fiction Writing

Jack Creed  –

Capturing the Magic of Fiction Writing introduces the reader to a careful examination of prose fiction, its genres and categories. Classifications of novels including plotting, setting, characterization, and patterns are defined and explained. Creed analyzes supportive elements and techniques including style, development of flashbacks, dialogues, and much more.

Symbols, symbolic plants, and symbolic references, skimmed over or ignored in most books, are introduced, discussed, and defined with original passages and excerpts drawn from published sources. Relationships, descriptions, and dialogue are all generously discussed in addition to characterizations, atmosphere, conflict, theme, plotting, and sup-porting elements.

Capturing the Magic was developed to provide a practical guide for aspiring writers and teachers to ease the transition from analyzing the basic story to discovering and applying the essential tools of the writer’s craft.

“This book will take you on an enjoyable, clearly-marked pathway to effective fiction writing that is enriched throughout with excellent examples from great writers and great writing. . .[there is] great clarity with which the author provides the down-to-earth advice, [and] realistic guidelines for you to follow in becoming a knowledgeable and conscious artist. Those examples alone make this book worth-while. . . . ” Dr. Tom Parks, Associate Professor of Education and Director, Office of Extension and Public Relations, Clemson University

JACK CREED began his professional writing career in 1948 when he became a correspondent for the Augusta Chronicle. He attended Augusta Junior College and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Secondary Education. He taught English in Columbia, South Carolina, and later taught history, social studies, and worked with deprived children in southern Louisiana. Returning to South Carolina to teach English, he participated in the program Project Succeed. Creed served as a state consultant for high school teachers of English and Composition for under-achievers and developed a text, A Writing Workshop. He is currently writing another book, and serves as a volunteer reading teacher for adults.


Cloth, 300 pages, 6×9
English, Writing
ISBN 0-944435-10-6
LC 90-80208
Selection-Writers Digest
Book Club


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