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

by Alice LaPlante

  • ISBN: 0393061647
  • Category: Writing Research and Publishing Guides
  • Subcategory: Reference
  • Author: Alice LaPlante
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (August 17, 2007)
  • Pages: 688
  • ePub book: 1248 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1334 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 515

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The Making of a Story book. The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring guide to the basics of creative writing-both fiction and creative nonfiction.

The Making of a Story book. It is unique in combing the three main aspects of creative writing The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring guide to the basics of creative writing-both fiction and creative nonfiction.

The exercises are helpful and the short stories are varied and sensitively chosen

The exercises are helpful and the short stories are varied and sensitively chosen. While the stories will not appeal to all persons, LaPlante selects provocative stories with difficult themes and encourages good reading to bring about careful and considered writing. 25 people found this helpful. 15 people found this helpful.

The Making of a Story : A Norton Guide to Creative Writing.

This Big, Comprehensive Book Is Almost a Complete Writing Course Expansive, clear, and sophisticated, LaPlante "s richly resourced guide is destined to become a standard.

This Big, Comprehensive Book Is Almost a Complete Writing Course. This Big, Comprehensive Book Is Almost a Complete Writing Course. Book Passage), Comprehensive in its coverage of inspiration, craft, aesthetics, veracity, and purpose, this one-stop guide to writing is casual in tone and rigorous in content, elucidating the nature of diction and nonfiction and clarifying the qualities unique to each and common to both. Expansive, clear, and sophisticated, LaPlante "s richly resourced guide is destined to become a standard.

The Making of a Story by Alice LaPlante meets all of these points and more. Over fourteen chapters it presents a sensible survey of key points in the production of both fiction and creative non-fiction, including chapters on characterisation, narration, point of view, dialogue, and more. While each chapter is useful, I would say that the penultimate chapter on revision, "Learning to Fail Better", is the most useful of all, not least because of its recognition of the limitations of the (typical) workshop method of teaching creative writing

The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring guide to the basics of creative writing-both fiction and creative . A special highlight is Alice LaPlante's systematic debunking of many of the so-called rules of creative writing.

The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring guide to the basics of creative writing-both fiction and creative nonfiction. Похожие книги: Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School. Writing Essays For Dummies.

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A special highlight is Alice LaPlante's systematic debunking of many of the so-called rules of creative writing. This book is perfect for writers working alone as well as for creative writing classes, both introductory and advanced. PLEASE NOTE: For your safety, and mine, if you pick this item up, you call me when you're in front of the house and I'll bring your item out to you. You don't even have to get out of your car. Thank you, Ro.Sponsored Advertisements.

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A beloved writing teacher compiles fifteen years of her expertise, exercises, and examples in a new primer for creative writers.

The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring guide to the basics of creative writing―both fiction and creative nonfiction. 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. It is unique in combing the three main aspects of creative writing instruction: process (finding inspiration, getting ideas on the page), craft (specific techniques like characterization), and anthology (learning by reading masters of the form). Succinct, clear definitions of basic terms of fiction are accompanied by examples, including excerpts from masterpieces of short fiction and essays as well as contemporary novels. A special highlight is Alice LaPlante's systematic debunking of many of the so-called rules of creative writing. This book is perfect for writers working alone as well as for creative writing classes, both introductory and advanced.

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Datrim Datrim
Alice LaPlante's "the making of a story": A Norton Guide to Creative Writing is a substantial book for creative writers. At 677 pages, this book offers writers a reference book worthy of consideration.

Chapters include:

Chapter 1: The Basics
Chapter 2: Writing as Discovery
Chapter 3: Concrete Details as the Basic Building Blocks of Good Creative Writing
Chapter 4: Defining the Short Story
Chapter 5: The Importance of Narration
Chapter 6: Introduction to Point of View
Chapter 7: How Understanding Point of View Affects Our Understanding of a Story
Chapter 8: Crafting Effective Dialogue
Chapter 9: Figuring Out What Happens Next
Chapter 10: Creating Surprising Yet Convincing Characters
Chapter 11: Beginning Your Story, Novel, or Nonfiction Piece
Chapter 12: The Art of Transferring True Emotions into Sensory Events
Chapter 13: On Revision
Chapter 14: Some Final Thoughts on Creative Nonfiction

Each chapter is divided into three sections: The first is focused on some specific element of writing (see list above). The second section focuses on writing exercises. The third, titled, "Reading as a Writer" provides short stories for the writer to consider. In this volume, the short stories include: "On Keeping a Notebook" by Joan Didion; "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien; "Brownies" by ZZ Packer; "The Lady with the Little Dog" by Anton Chekhov; and "The Swimmer" by John Cheever among them.

While LaPlante's book is not the only book out there on creative writing, this book is helpful for a beginner or someone in search of a reference guide to review parts of what makes a good story. The exercises are helpful and the short stories are varied and sensitively chosen. While the stories will not appeal to all persons, LaPlante selects provocative stories with difficult themes and encourages good reading to bring about careful and considered writing.
Vikus Vikus
The Making of a Story is the way textbooks on creative writing should be. Each chapter focusses on a particular element of the craft of fiction and/or creative nonfiction with several different exercises which allow the reader to write as they learn. Following the exercises, are usually two selections of high quality writing—one from the fiction world and one from the nonfiction world, providing the would be writer the opportunity to read with the skills they have just learned close at hand.

The one downside is that the book is not the most portable thing in the world at 650 pages or so and I personally found myself drifting into space with some of the longer pieces in this book, but that probably says more about my attention span than any defect with the book itself. After reading this book, it just really makes you want to go out there and write something and opens your eyes to the idea that you don’t have to be Raymond Carver to be capable of telling a story.

One of the best texts on creative writing that I have read.
crazy mashine crazy mashine
I've read many books on writing, but this book has more to it, especially if you take the time to do the exercises at the end of the chapters. Alice L. accomplishes a little more because she challenges the status quo as to POV, and makes valid points questioning the 'rules' of writing in this regard where she instead, calls the 'rules' conventions, meaning the rules are much more flexible than we have been taught, and shows many examples in this area. Of the thirty or so books I have gone through over my years of writing, and having read many twice, I would say this book is a better buy than most because it covers so much, so adding this book to your collection is a good thing, but save your favorites too. It is a fantastic effort in that other books break their books on writing into several books, where Alice has done it in one, but again, it is always a good idea to read other books on writing for contrast. [ Thanks for the hard work, Alice. I know you put your best into this and it helped me pass a turning point in my writing.]
Sataxe Sataxe
Great all around writing guide. Required text in Stanford online writing course. Get the paperback--it's a big book.
BeatHoWin BeatHoWin
This was the textbook used in a Creative Writing class I recently took. Many excellent prose examples and some that left me cold. But, even from stories I didn't like, I learned. When I first saw the book, it boggled my mind that we would be expected to read it and do the required writing in just 10 weeks. The book was so well written and the suggested exercises so well planned, that I did read all of it and know that I will continue using it as a guide for many years.
Memuro Memuro
This book arrived quickly and was as advertised. This for me was one of the best books on writing that I've purchased, and I've purchased quite a few. LaPlante lays out a lot of information clearly, and provides examples of craft skills that are easy to understand. I would definitely recommend this to anyone seriously trying to master the skills of creative writing.
Pipet Pipet
I've read my share of creative writing books, and this is probably one of the best. First, I got hooked after the first two pages, and that is a rare thing when it comes to nonfiction, even creative writing books, as much as I love the subject. LaPlante finds a way to make it a very enjoyable experience, with lots of diversity. One of my favorite parts is the student examples she has in there, because I'm a student myself, and I find it more personal to me when I read them. It also helps with my own answers of the exercises I will no doubt have to do once my college class begins. Recommended for writers of all kinds!