Ed’s Filing Cabinet

by Ed Davis on February 23, 2010

Want a look inside the files of a guy who’s been teaching fiction writing for the last two decades? I’ve developed—and borrowed—a lot of good stuff over the years. Now, thanks to webmaster Kim Westendorf, it’s available on my website. On my home page, just click on Resources for Writers and you’ll find everything under Beginning Fiction Writing (actually some of it is quite advanced).

Here’s a list of topics you’ll find:

Memoir vs. Autobiographical Fiction
ABCs of Fictional Literary Craft
Exposition (Managing Exposition/Exposition and Scene)
Revision (Deep Revision/Revising Hints)
Point of View (What is Point of View/Ed’s Point of View “Rules”/Point of View Exercises)
Character File
Creating Sympathetic Characters in Fiction
Dialogue (Good Dialogue: People Talking Naturally/Electric Dialogue Exercise)
Advanced Dialogue (including exercise)
Cause/Effect Plotting
Novel Generator


I’d love to hear that a handout or exercise worked for you—or didn’t—either in your classroom or at your own writing desk. Please drop me an e-mail and let me know!

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