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I had signed up for the three-day event because there were small sessions for writing critique, and more importantly, Natalie Goldberg was keynote speaker. The E-mail Address es field is required. The plot thickens — pt. Recommended for beginners and those looking for clarity or direction, as in a survey course to introduce you to the subject and provide a foundation of information. Change point of view and dance — Exercise 2:

The chapters on narration and point of view are especially valuable. The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format. It mostly focuses on fiction and a small section on non-fiction , but the same general principles can be applied to pretty much any writing that isn’t work related, unless you’re an author in which case it is completely job related someone chooses to do in their spare time. Its hands-on, completely accessible approach walks writers through each stage of the creative process, from the initial triggering idea to the revision of the final manuscript. Getting beyond facts to truth — pt. There are very many writing examples that the author includes, perhaps too many. 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.

Alice LaPlante Find more information about: Remember me on this computer. Recommended for beginners and those looking for clarity or direction, as in a survey course to introduce you to the subject and provide a foundation of information. I know I will be revisiting it in the future as I develop as a writer and wish to partake in some of the exercises and lessons available in The Making of a Story: An anthology of the most chilling urban legends of all time collected by the maestro Apr 12, Tammy rated it really liked it.


The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Writing Fiction and Nonfiction

I have heard that young folks are reading less however I must say that the ones that I am exposed to happily do seem to be reading a lot. You already recently rated this item.

Backing her advice with exercises and reading excerpts, with essays and examples, the writing reader is truly challenged in their craft. I would highly suggest getting this book if you are le I would say that this book beats “Bird by Bird” in the way of creative writing books.

It breaks down each stage of the process, from acquiring and recognising a viable idea down to the finished project.

The Poet’s Companion presents brief essays on the elements of poetry, technique, and suggested subjects for Feb 03, Lyndsi rated it it was amazing. How reliable is this narrator?

See what I see, hear what I hear — pt. I was so impressed with how her writing improved that she purchased this book for me that Christmas. Each chapter covers an important topic, such as point of view, with an extensive discussion, a set of exercises and samples of student work for each exerciseand several reading selections relevant to the topic.

Gently Mad: The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing by Alice LaPlante

It draws on a lot of well-known, classic authors such as Hemingway, Poe, Kafka, Tolstoy, among otherswhich exposes new writers to history and culture. Please enter the message. This is not a popular book, but its a very highly regarded book. Change point of view and dance — Exercise 2: I LOVE this textbook. He said, she said — Exercise 2: It sits on my shelf, glowing yellow cover blaring at me as a reminder to explore my storytelling devices rather than stick to my usual, dependable “just the facts ma’am” approach to journalism.


How much autonomy should they have over the author’s work? Not a means to an end, but an A writer should therefore not give up on a rough first draft, but simply plough through to completion. This isn’t just another one of those creative writing books – you will learn effective techniques immediately that you can apply to your own writing.

One last chapter was particularly interesting on the importance of editors. Though I do disagree with her on attribution and to only ever use the word “said”.

While that’s ancillary information as she was not the one who recommended the bookit set the stage for this “journalist” turned “writer” to purchase the page paperback copy in a local bookstore to get on the literary pat This book was recommended while I was attending the Writer on the Sound writer’s conference in Edmonds, WA in I thought it was pretty beneficial, but overall it was a little too boring for me.

It contains advice on showing vs telling, character development, plot, dialogue, revision, and fiction vs nonfiction requirements.


Getting an image to spill its secrets — Exercise 2: I would highly suggest getting this book if you are learning to write creatively. And LaPlante is an excellent teacher.

Sharon Henning March 16, at This is only just coming out because the author has died and researchers now have access to his archives.