A stimulating and provocative assemblage of definitions, theories and facts about fiction writing tested against the practice of acknowledged first rate professionals, this ""primer"" offers excellent (and controversial) reference and use for students, teachers and technicians in the field. Divided into three parts, this covers first, extensive defining of the concepts of novel writing, from the vocabulary to subject, material, treatment, process, themes, etc.; second, a follow-through on the course of a novel, from idea to finished mas.; third, the novelist seen against his full background, from personality to business dealings, relations with his publisher and agent. Both as a study of what has been done, what can be done and how to do it -- this contains basic information and guidance for both apprentice and expert followers of fiction.