Method and Madness The Making of a Story (PDF)

Method and Madness The Making of a StoryAdness is a comprehensive manual for both the beginning and xperienced fiction writer I m positive that it will be an invaluable resource for me for many years to come Like my will be an invaluable resource for me for many years to come Like my Check out my blog I teach Creative Writing and Fiction and I have always Relied On Janet Burroway on Janet Burroway books as well as some of Charles Baxter s but this semester I decided to give it a try to Alice LaPlante textbook and what an amazing adventure this has been for me and my students It is so down to Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America eath deep practical Any fiction writerprofessor would appreciate LaPlante s fuel to writing Finally reading this after having owned it for years I actually had anpiphany while reading this book This neon green book is large inviting and unintimidating loaded with incredible The Pocket Wife examplesxercises and advice that will forever impact my writing and approach Oftentimes I have struggled with what to write about that looming dark confidence shrinking uestion However after reading LaPlante s advice I have completely moved past this uestion because of a few simple life changing paragraphs in this book In an The Color of Our Sky essay titled How to Discover What You Have to Say A Talk to Students Skinner asserts that writing is a much The best fiction writing text I vever read LaPlante gives ual treatment to craft method and heart madness and ncourages young writers to learn the rules so that they can be broken Unlike other craft texts the tone is lively sassy and playful rather than dry dull and condescending Two of my favorite lines from the book areThe only rule for fiction is that it be interestingCreative writing is the one area where you don t want to be appropriate Appropriate is for dinner partiesYesFinally because LaPlante approaches common topics from such fresh angles instructors also benefit a great deal from this book I m a better teacher for having read this book something that can t be said for a lot of craft texts that don t offer anything we haven t already read or heard a billion times I have a whole bookshelf dedicated to craft books on poetry and prose fiction writing The last thing I need is another one But I came across this obscure book at the library and I was just amazed by it Its a big fat book as Norton books tend to be But its packed with genuine information not just pep talks This is not a popular book but its a very highly regarded book I think this must have originally been intended for college writing courses but its filled with Obsession exercises and you can use it without a teacher It breaks downach stage of the process from acuiring and recognising a viable idea down to the finished project It doesn t focus on the business Cabaret: A Roman Riddle end of writing so much as on the creativend I checked this book out so many times I finally decided If you love her put a ring on her and went out and bought it I d say a wanna be could buy this one book and have 98% of verything he or she will ver need to know about the writing of good fiction The one book I recommend to people about writing than anything Covering both fiction and narrative nonfiction the book deals with a topic per chapter from plot to. Seller Reading Like a Writer” Library Journal The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring guide to the basics of creative writing both fict. Dialogue to character Just like very other writing book But this book does a couple of things better than any other book I ve seen it has a less stringent focus on xercises and it includes full texts I don t like writing books that want to kick me out and send me off to do something and come back to it later I want a book to let me Consume It Sit With it sit with for a while and then do xercises if I want to Frankly while and then do xercises if I want to Frankly m kind of down on xercises as it is since I don t like being told what to write when it comes to fictionAlso a big problem with writing books is the way they tell you how writer X does something right then presents a passage from the story in uestion pulled out of context from the rest of the story Which does the job but wouldn t it be better to have the full story in front of you If you re telling me what an amazing job Flannery O Connor does characterizing the Grandmother in A Good Man is Hard to Find is it better to give me a snapshot or the whole story I understand this is likely a copyright issue xcerpts under a certain length being xempt from royalty payments But TMOAS opens the purse and pays for the reprint rights So if LaPlante is discussing how Cheever sprinkles details throughout The Swimmer you ll be able to see for yourself and read the story at the nd of the chapter with a trio of review uestions to help you crystallize in your mind what the story The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis excels at Simply the best book you can get on the technical aspects I read about writing in order to become a better reader This guide is among the best I bought this book because I was trying to write my own but I had come face to face with a particular realization I did not know what I was doing I was not capable of producing the kind of writing I desperately wanted to produce the kind of writing I wanted to read Now in all humility there may very well be readers who throw my book down in disgust and say he still doesn t know how but at least I got the manuscript out and in to the hands of readers And a lack of talent shining from my page does not mean that the resource was lacking in any way I found a way to study what I was doing and to critiue myself using this book It helped me through thediting process and also made me into a better reader of narrative than I ver was before This book is not only well written one would hope so but fun to read It s not only a great textbook for beginning writers but a resource and refresher for not so beginning writers and I think the xercises on how to xplode open your pieces will be very useful Each chapter nds with wonderful short stories and creative nonfiction pieces to illustrate Just Cause each chapter s lesson and they were all a pleasure to readven the ones I d read before though finding new to me writings by John Cheever Akhil Sharma and Maxine Hong Kingston just to name a few was specially xcitingThe only discouraging thing is that when I see minute typos and proofreading misses which are ver so minor that I almost hate mentioning them I always feel I am on the wrong path that I should work as a copy ditor instead of trying to write. Ion and creative nonfiction The book is perfect for writers working alone as well as for creative writing classes both introductory and advanced.

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