H 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 ver 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 The Road to Einsteins Relativity excitingWhat makes LaPlante s book such a great resource Primary I think it s the clarity in which shexplains the mechanics of story writing coupled with her choices of Black Boy 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 storiesxist 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 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 Nighttime Sweethearts examples She follows with writingxercises some of which I tried during the last few months but many I didn t have time to do while taking classes LaPlante s xercises 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 "with a couple of published short stories to support the lecture I d like
To Make A Suggestion With Short Stories make a suggestion with short stories 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 in the last uarter Reading them aloud can be a pain but it allowed 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 absorb very 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 Safe in My Arms 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 usefulxamples 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 show growth in revisions If you read nothing Presunta colpevole else in this book make sure to read this chapter The Carver stories are such a keenxample 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 Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem entire meaning is changed I was blown away READ ITMethod and Madness is a comprehensive manual for both the beginning andxperienced 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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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 best The best fiction writing text I ve Safe Words ever LaPlante givesual treatment to craft method and heart madness and His To Claim (McBain Brothers Alpha, 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 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 toath 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 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 The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, editing process and also made me into a better reader of narrative than Iver 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 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 intended for college writing courses but its filled with Pursuit of Justice exercises and you can use it without a teacher It breaks downach stage of the process from acuiring and
RECOGNISING A VIABLE IDEA DOWN TOa viable idea down to finished project It doesn t focus on the business Dangerous to Touch end of writing so much as on the creativend 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 Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude everything he or she willver 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. A Los Angeles Times bestseller wonderfully lucid and illuminating Alice LaPlante’s guide to writing fiction “recalls Francine Prose’s best. ,
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 Rodeo Daughter exercises on how toxplode open your pieces will be very useful Each chapter My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze ends with wonderful short stories and creative nonfiction pieces to illustrateach chapter s lesson and they were all a pleasure to read Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses 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 wasspecially A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, excitingThe only discouraging thing is that when I see minute typos and proofreading misses which arever so minor that I almost hate mentioning them I always feel I am on the wrong path that I should work as a copy My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, 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 likevery 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 Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs, 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 doxercises if I want to Frankly I m kind of down on The Baby Album 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 give me a snapshot or the whole story I understand this is likely a copyright issuexcerpts under a certain length being xempt 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 nd of the chapter with a trio of review uestions to help you crystallize in your mind what the story Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc., excels at Simply the best book you can get on the technical aspects I actually had anpiphany while reading this book This neon green book get on the technical aspects I actually had an Her First Mother (Conveniently Wed, epiphany while reading this book This neon green book large inviting and unintimidating loaded with incrediblexamples xercises 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 chang 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 thoughtsAlthoug. Seller Reading Like a Writer” Library Journal The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring guide to the basics of creative writing both fict.