(EBOOK/PDF) [Method and Madness The Making of a Story] É Alice LaPlante
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 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 I d read before though finding new to me writings by John 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 uide 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 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 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 I actually had an epiphany while reading this book This neon reen 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 is a much complex act than simply transcribing existing thoughts into words as accurately as possible If 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 Skinner 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 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 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 iven 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 Awakening Spaces: French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music, and Culture good creative writing First one learns how to recognize mystery Learn to understand when you don t understand 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 wh. A Los Angeles Times bestseller wonderfully lucid and illuminating Alice LaPlante’suide to writing fiction “recalls Francine Prose’s best. G text I ve ever read LaPlante Edge of Venomverse 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 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 areat deal from this book I m a Better Teacher For Having Read This Book teacher for having read this book 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 Finally reading this after having owned for years 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 covers all of the basics of creating a story it s not "Necessarily A Beginners Manual " a beginners manual ve been taking writing classes for years and I still found plenty in LaPlante s book that stimulated my creativity and made me Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe) 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 using 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 areat 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 et published however I know that there was personal improvement with use 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 didn t have time to do while taking classes LaPlante s exercises are oing 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 uarter Reading them aloud can be a pain but it allowed me to et 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 absorb every word and deeply understand 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 reat mix I feel like reading such a variety of shorts may be the biggest contributing factor to my personal Blue Guide growth as a writer One of the most useful examples that LaPlante uses is in her chapter Learning to Fail Better In this chapter she uses two different published versions of the same Raymond Carver story to showrowth 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 rown 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.
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time the meaning behind an interaction how you really feel aboutthe meaning behind an interaction how you really feel about 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 o into every single detail because this "BOOK IS PUT SIMPLY AN INCREDIBLE WRITING COURSE IN " is put simply an incredible writing course in 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 Birth and Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare 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 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 toive 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 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 the manuscript out and in to the hands of readers And a lack of 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 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 et on the technical aspects The best fiction writin. Seller Reading Like a Writer” Library Journal The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio's Industrial Frontier guide to the basics of creative writing both fict.