The Art & Craft of Story: 2nd Practitioner's Manual

Reference, Education & Textbooks, Crafts & Hobbies

By Victoria Mixon

Publisher : La Favorita Press

ABOUT Victoria Mixon

Victoria Mixon
Victoria Mixon is a professional writer and editor and has worked in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and technical documentation for over thirty years. She co-authored the nonfiction Children and the Internet: A Zen Guide for Parents and Educators, published by Prentice Hall in 1996, More...



The sequel to Mixon's popular The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner's Manual, her new book, The Art & Craft of Story: 2nd Practitioner's Manual, explores in detail the complex crafts of character development and plot structure, explaining and illuminating exactly how the greats have done this work to such powerful effect and teaching how to apply their lessons to your own fiction. Mixon includes dozens of examples from the literary canon along with a step-by-step analysis of six brilliant stories from which their genres sprang, as well as discussing the grand art of storytelling, from character arc/narrative arc to three-dimensional graphing, from hunting the ghost tiger to the Tao of theme. Again, Mixon's voice is warm and entertaining, your personal welcome into the greater fellowship of all writers.

I wish I'd had The Art & Craft of Story when I began work on my first novel. Victoria Mixon brings to bear her analytical skills in a jazzy-riffed voice to give you story, in its classical components. She breaks it down logically, then rebuilds with elegance and playfulness. Not that the work is easy. The last section, Revision, will keep you humming for weeks to come. Read Story before you begin your novel, then go back and mark the book up as you write that novel. Draw, box, diagram, play, think. You begin to grasp the long term commitment to the process, to the work itself, to the art and the craft of story. --Lucia Orth, author of the critically acclaimed Baby Jesus Pawn Shop

Opinionated, rumbunctious, sharp and always entertaining, Mixon is a brilliant and ferocious companion. These are lessons of a writing lifetime. --Roz Morris, best selling ghostwriter and author of Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Novels and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence