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Method and Madness The Making of a Story

Alice LaPlante ☆ 5 Read

Nce 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 estion 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 Sex, Rock Optical Illusions understand this is likely a copyright issue excerptsnder a certain length being exempt from royalty payments But TMOAS opens the purse And Pays For The Reprint Rights So If LaPlante Is pays for the reprint rights So if LaPlante is 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 From Mistress to Wifey 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 andnintimidating 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 Disney Infinity: Character Encyclopedia uestion However after reading LaPlante s advice I have completely moved past thisestion 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 as a reporter of past thoughts and experiences already processed by the brain Instead 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 ncertainty when writing longer pieces 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 painful to tolerate this state of not knowing Yet accepting it embracing it even represents an important step in a writer s it embracing it even represents an important step in a writer s development Good creative writing is almost always conceived in doubt and is fueled by an rgent desire to Smitten understand something that eludesnderstanding 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 A White Slave in Turkey Book 1 - A BDSM Novel understand when you don tnderstand Take note of it if possible literally by carrying a notebook with you 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 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 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 single 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 revis. Seller Reading Like a Writer‚ÄĚ Library Journal The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring guide to the basics of creative writing both fict. I 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 encourages young writers to learn the rules so that they can be broken Unlike other craft texts young writers to learn the rules so that they can be broken Unlike other craft texts 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 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 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 the 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 The last thing I need is another one But I came across this obscure 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 have originally been for college writing courses but its filled with exercises and you can 1898 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 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 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 your pieces will be veryseful 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 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 si. A Los Angeles Times bestseller wonderfully lucid and illuminating Alice LaPlante‚Äôs guide to writing fiction ‚Äúrecalls Francine Prose‚Äôs best.
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Ion 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 arter 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 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 plenty in LaPlante s book that stimulated my creativity and made me grow as a writer In fact the last few months have been the most productive that I ve ever had and between my writing workshops and sing LaPlante s book I ve taken my writing to the next level I m ready to send stories out to publishers It s excitingWhat makes LaPlante s book such a great resource Primary I think it s the clarity in which she explains the mechanics of story writing coupled with her choices of examples Her input made me reassess and fine tune my writing I started to write from the idea of creating a synergy between writercharactersreader rather than having my stories exist in a vacuum I realize as I m writing this review I sound like some sort of writing snob I m not and maybe my Fiction won t get published however I know that there was personal improvement with se of LaPlante s book and I want to pass that onLaPlante divides her chapters into three sections The first is the lecture component which is filled with small examples She follows with writing exercises some of which I tried during the last few months but many I t have time to do while taking classes LaPlante exercises are going to be a resource that I can pull on as needed Each chapter finished with a couple of published short stories to support the lecture I d like to make a suggestion with the short stories read them aloud With the shorts in LaPlante plus others that came with my classes I ve probably read about fifty short stories in the last arter Reading them aloud can be a pain but it allowed me to get the cadence and pacing of the story Also I m a very fast reader and I tend to skim reading aloud forced me To Slow Down And Really slow down and really every word and deeply nderstand the mechanics Some of the stories in LaPlante are tried and true classics like Hemmingway s Hills Like White Elephants but LaPlante also picked modern pieces many of whom I had not encountered previously It s a great mix I feel like reading such a variety of shorts may be the biggest contributing factor to my personal growth as a writer One of the most seful examples that LaPlante ses is in her chapter Learning to Fail Better In This Chapter She Uses Two Different Published Versions Of this chapter she ses two different published versions of same Raymond Carver story to show growth in revisions If you read nothing else in this book make sure to read this chapter The Carver stories are such a keen example of how a story can grown between drafts and also illustrates my favorite aspect of writing discovering possibilities in your story The two stories are the same but with a few shifts and added scenes the entire meaning is changed I was blown away READ ITMethod and Madness is a comprehensive manual for both the beginning and experienced fiction writer I m positive that it will be an invaluable resource for me for many years to come Like my review Check out my blog. Ion and creative nonfiction The book is perfect for writers working alone as well as for creative writing classes both introductory and advanced.