Written in a tone that is personal and non-prescriptive, Writing Fiction encourages new writers to gain confidence with the writing process. Through discussion of key topics of fiction writing, supported by an abundance of examples and exercises, this guide/anthology explores and integrates the elements of fiction while offering practical techniques and concrete examples.This new edition has been expanded to include a greater representation of writers of diverse backgrounds and experiences. It has even more exercises to help writers begin the creative process.Accessible, student-friendly writing style is appealing as well as instructive; the writing is direct, informal, and engaging. A focus on the writing process from initial thought through final draft makes this a practical, easy-to-follow, guide to writing fiction. Thorough and practical discussions of all the major fictional elements offer students a comprehensive guide to the craft of writing stories. Topics include freewriting, plot, style, characterization, dialogue, time, place, imagery, and point of view. Diverse and compelling short stories conclude each chapter to model the fictional elements discussed in the text.Useful, stimulating writing exercises at the end of each chapter spur student writing and creativity. Quotations from established authors offer young writers words of advice, support, and inspiration. Offering maximum flexibility, each chapter is self-contained, so instructors can teach the book in any order.