Ner argues that the physical 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 uncertainty when writing longer pieces ou can only see as far ahead as Freezing Point your headlights butou can make the entire journey that way Beginning writers find it difficult and painful to tolerate this state of not knowing Yet 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 Thus the best writing is less about dispelling than acuiring wisdom less about explaining the 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 and paying attention to personal mysteries leads to good creative writing First one learns how to recognize mystery Learn to understand when Folk og røvere i Kardemomme by you don t understand Take note of it if possible literally by carrying a notebook withou emphasis mine pg67 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 pursuing writing as The Discoverer Hence discovering what Pure Excitement you remember whoou were at the time the meaning behind an interaction how ou 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 hundred pages and includes fourteen chapters with two exercises per chapter and one to two reading examples per "Chapter I Won T Go Into Every "I won t go into every detail because this book is put simply an incredible writing course in a book at the low low cost of 2195 It contains advice on showing vs telling character development plot 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 our money and may if ou take Her Advice Make You advice make ou in the long run 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 deep practical Any fiction writerprofessor would appreciate LaPlante s fuel to writing. Ion and creative nonfiction The book is perfect for writers working alone as well as for creative writing classes both introductory and advanced.
R ears I just finished with my Spring uarter writing classes and "Alice LaPlante s Method and Madness was the primary text for one "LaPlante s Method and Madness was the primary text for one my classes I don t normally review text books but as I thought this was so phenomenal 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 ears and I still found plenty in LaPlante s book that stimulated my creativity and made me grow as a writer In f 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 our pieces will be very useful Each chapter ends with wonderful short stories and creative nonfiction pieces to illustrate each chapter s lesson and they were all a pleasure to read even 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 especially excitingThe only discouraging thing is that when I see minute typos and proofreading misses which are ever so minor that I almost hate mentioning them I always feel I am on the wrong path that I should work as a copy editor instead of trying to write I read about writing in order to become a better reader This guide is among the best 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 exercises and ou can use it without a teacher It breaks down each stage of the process from acuiring and recognising a viable idea down to the finished project 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 ou 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 everything he or she will ever need to know about the writing of good fiction 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 moved past this uestion because of a few simple life changing paragraphs 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 possible If this were the case the writer would be doing little than serving as a reporter of past thoughts and experiences already processed by the brain Instead Skin. 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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trying to MY OWN BUT I HAD COME FACE TO "my own but I had come face to 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 the editing process and also made me into a better reader of narrative than I ever was before 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 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 exercises 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 ou how writer X does something right then presentswas trying to
a passage from the story in uestion pulled out of context from thepassage from the story in uestion pulled out of context from the of the story Which does the job but wouldn t it be better to have the full story in front of The No 1 Car Spotter and the Car Thieves No1 Car Spotter you Ifou 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 payments But TMOAS opens the purse and pays for the reprint rights So if LaPlante is discussing how Cheever sprinkles details throughout The Swimmer Giant Steps to Change the World you ll be able to see forourself and read the story at the end of the chapter with a trio of review uestions to help First Light Project Five Fifteen you crystallize inour mind what the story excels at Simply the best book New Erotica for Feminists Satirical Fantasies of Love Lust and Eual Pay you can get on the technical aspects The best fiction writing text I ve ever read LaPlante gives eual treatment to craft method and heart madness and encouragesoung 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 ou 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 Finally reading this after having owned it fo. A Los Angeles Times bestseller wonderfully lucid and illuminating Alice LaPlante’s guide to writing fiction “recalls Francine Prose’s best.