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Method and Madness The Making of a StoryI read about writing in order to become a better reader This guide is among the best The best fiction writing text I ve ever read LaPlante gives eual treatment to craft method and heart madness and ve ever read LaPlante gives eual treatment to craft method and heart madness and young writers to learn the rules so that they can be broken Unlike other craft texts the tone is lively sassy and layful rather than dry dull and condescending Two of my favorite lines from The Book AreThe Only Rule For Fiction Is That It book areThe only rule for fiction is that it interestingCreative writing is the one area where you don t want to be appropriate Appropriate is for dinner A Neve Estava Suja 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 teach Creative Writing and Fiction and I have always relied on Janet Burroway s 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 eath deepractical Any fiction writerprofessor would appreciate LaPlante s fuel to writing I bought this book because I was trying to write my own but I had come face to face with a The Art of Gothic: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting particular realization I did not know what I was doing I was not capable ofroducing the kind of writing I desperately wanted to Im Zeichen der Triskele: Ein Bretagne-Krimi produce the kind of writing I wanted to read Now in all humility there I have a whole bookshelf dedicated to craft books onoetry and rose 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 acked with genuine information not just De obotliga optimisternas klubb pep talks This is not aopular book but its a very highly regarded book I think this must have originally been intended for college writing courses but its filled with exercises and you can use it without a teacher It breaks down each stage of the rocess from acuiring and Recognising A Viable Idea a viable idea to the finished roject It doesn t focus on the business end of writing so much as on the creative end I checked this book out so many times I finally decided If you love her Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion 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 everything he or she will ever need to know about the writing of good fiction Finally reading this after having owned it for years 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 exercises on how to explode open yourieces will be very useful Each chapter ends with wonderful short stories and creative nonfiction Code Name: Silence pieces to illustrate each chapter s lesson and they were all aleasure to read even the ones I d read before though finding new to me writings by John Cheever Akhil Sha. A Los Angeles Times bestseller wonderfully lucid and illuminating Alice LaPlante’s guide to writing fiction “recalls Francine Prose’s best. Rma and Maxine Hong Kingston just to name a few was especially excitingThe only discouraging thing is that when I see minute typos and roofreading misses which are ever so minor that I almost hate mentioning them I always feel I am on the wrong Margery Meets the Roses path that I should work as a copy editor instead of trying to write The one book I recommend toeople about writing than anything Covering both fiction and narrative nonfiction the book deals with a topic er chapter from lot to dialogue to character Just like every 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 exercises 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 for a while and then do exercises if I Want To Frankly I M Kind Of Down On want to Frankly I m kind of down on as it is since I don t like being told what to write when it comes to fictionAlso a big The Wapshot Scandal problem with writing books is the way they tell you how writer X does something right thenresents a The NIGHT. Erotischer Roman passage from the story in uestionulled 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 excerpts under a certain length being exempt from royalty ayments But TMOAS opens the urse and Dark Alchemy (Dark Alchemy, 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 end of the chapter with a trio of review uestions to help you crystallize in your mind what the story excels at Simply the best book you can get on the technical aspects I actually had an epiphany while reading this book This neon green book is large inviting and unintimidating loaded with incredible examples exercises 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 movedast this uestion because of a few simple life changing aragraphs in this book In an essay titled How to Discover What You Have to Say A Talk to Students Skinner asserts that writing is a much complex act than simply transcribing existing thoughts into words as accurately as ossible If this were the case The Writer Would Be writer would be little than serving as a reporter of Die fremde Stadt: Breslau nach 1945 past thoughts and experiences alreadyrocessed by the brain Instead Skinner argues that the hysical act of writing is the cause not the effect of new and original thought and that any creative work that is not a journey of discovery for the writer will in turn bore readers It s like driving a car at night said novelist Robert Stone about how he copes with this unce. 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.

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Rtainty when writing longer ieces you can only see as far ahead as your headlights but you can make the entire journey that way Beginning writers find it difficult and ainful to tolerate this state of not knowing Beginning writers find it difficult and ainful to tolerate this state of not knowing accepting it embracing it even represents an important step in a writer s creative development Good creative writing is almost always conceived in doubt and is fueled by an urgent desire to understand something that eludes understanding is almost always conceived in doubt and is fueled by an urgent desire to understand something that eludes understanding the best writing is less about dispelling than acuiring wisdom less about explaining the Rivers Last Longer point of a given experience to others than about exploring and learning about it oneself So what does one do with this information that not knowing andaying attention to ersonal mysteries leads to good creative writing First one learns how to recognize mystery Learn to #understand when you don t understand Take note of it if ossible #when you don t understand Take note of it if The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook: Great-Tasting Recipes that Keep You Lean! possible by carrying a notebook with you emphasis mineg67 68 I realized I have often approached writing as reporting hence I am The Reporter relaying facts However after reading this book I realized the beauty in Witchcraft for Tomorrow pursuing writing as The Discoverer Hence discovering what you remember who you were at the time the meaning behind an interaction how you really feel about an interaction and discovering the implications of that interaction discovering what it all means This has completely opened a new door in my mind in writing And this is just one of the epiphanies I had while I was reading this book The Making of a Story is over six hundredages and includes fourteen chapters with two exercises er chapter and one to two reading examples er chapter I won t go into every single detail because this book is The Wedding Redux put simply an incredible writing course in a book at the low low cost of 2195 It contains advice on showing vs telling character developmentlot dialogue revision and fiction vs nonfiction reuirements There are essays and short stories written by Joan Didion Joyce Carol Oates Tim O Bren John Cheever James Baldwin Anne Lammott Lorrie Moore Raymond Carver and many other excellent writers LaPlante covers many bases and has much to offer than simply great tips Backing her advice with exercises and reading excerpts with essays and examples the writing reader is truly challenged in their craft I know I was In addition the writing exercises were intriguing and I completed most of them And LaPlante is an excellent teacher Stunning actually This book is worth your money and may if you take her advice make you money in the long run I just finished with my Spring uarter writing classes and Alice LaPlante s Method and Madness was the rimary text for one of my classes I don t normally review text books but as I thought this was so henomenal I wanted to share my thoughtsAlthough LaPlante s Method and Madness covers all of the basics of creating a story it s not necessarily a beginners manual I ve been taking writing classes for years and I still found Ye Castle Stinketh: Could You Survive Living in a Castle? plenty in LaPlante s book that stimulated my creativity and made me grow as a writer In fact. Ion and creative nonfiction The book iserfect for writers working alone as well as for creative writing classes both introductory and advanced.