(Method and Madness The Making of a Story) [PDF NEW] ☆ Alice LaPlante

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Girl in the Blue Coat gI read about writing in order to become a better reader Thisuide is among the best The best fiction writing text I ve ever read LaPlante ives eual treatment to craft method and heart madness and encourages 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 want to be appropriate Appropriate is for dinner partiesYesFinally because LaPlante common topics from such fresh angles instructors also benefit a reat 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 a lot of craft texts that don t offer 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 ive 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 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 *very well be readers who throw my book down disgust and say he still doesn t know how but at least I ot 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 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 A Los Angeles Times bestseller wonderfully lucid and illuminating Alice LaPlante’s uide to writing fiction “recalls Francine Prose’s best.

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Method and Madness The Making of a StoryIs since I don t like being told what to write when it comes to fictionAlso a big problem with writing books is the comes to fictionAlso a big problem with writing books is the 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 ive 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 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 Mythological Beasts Turned Me Gay: Three Book Collection: (Mythology Erotica) get on the technical aspects I actually had an epiphany while reading this book This neonreen 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 this were the case writer would be doing little than "Serving As A Reporter "as a reporter past thoughts and experiences already processed by the brain Instead Skinner argues that the physical act of writing is the cause not the effect of new and original thought I just finished with my Spring uarter writing classes and Alice LaPlante s Method and Madness was the primary text for one of 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 cove. Ion and creative nonfiction The book is perfect for writers working alone as well as for creative writing classes both introductory and advanced. Orton books tend to be But its packed with enuine 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 you 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 the creative end 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 everything he or she *one book and have 98% of everything he or she ever need to know about the writing of ood 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 reat textbook for beginning writers but a resource and refresher for not so beginning writers and I think the exercises on how to explode open your pieces will be very useful Each chapter ends with wonderful short stories
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creative nonfiction pieces to illustrate 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 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. Seller Reading Like a Writer” Library Journal The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring uide to the basics of creative writing both fict. ,