On Writing

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Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition

A Memoir of the Craft

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Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Scribner

ISBN: 9781439156810

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

The Book on Writing

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well

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Author: Paula LaRocque

Publisher: Marion Street Press

ISBN: 1933338946

Category: Authorship

Page: 240

View: 2009

Teaches the elements of good writing through the use of essential guidelines, literary techniques, and proper writing mechanics.

Stein On Writing

A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies

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Author: Sol Stein

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466864990

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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Your future as a writer is in your hands. Whether you are a newcomer or an accomplished professional, a novelist, story writer, or a writer of nonfiction, you will find this book a wealth of immediately useful guidance not available anywhere else. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of useable solutions-- how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place." You will find one of the great unspoken secrets of craftsmanship in Chapter 5, called "Markers: The Key to Swift Characterization." In Chapter 7, Stein reveals for he first time in print the wonderful system for creating instant conflict developed in the Playwrights Group of the Actors Studio, of which he was a founder. In "Secrets of Good Dialogue," the premier teacher of dialogue gives you the instantly useable techniques that not only make verbal exchanges exciting but that move the story forward immediately. You won't need to struggle with flashbacks or background material after you've read Chapter 14, which shows you how to bring background into the foreground. Writers of both fiction and nonfiction will relish the amphetamines for speeding up pace, and the many ways to liposuction flab, as well as how to tap originality and recognize what successful titles have in common. You'll discover literary values that enhance writing, providing depth and resonance. You'll bless the day you read Chapters 32 and 33 and discover why revising by starting at page one can be a serious mistake, and how to revise without growing cold on your manuscript. In the pages of this book, nonfiction writers will find a passport to the new revolution in journalism and a guide to using the techniques of fiction to enhance nonfiction. Fresh, useful, informative, and fun to read and reread, Stein on Writing is a book you will mark up, dog-ear, and cherish.

On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition

The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

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Author: William Zinsser

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060891548

Category: Reference

Page: 336

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On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sole, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.

On Writing

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Author: Charles Bukowski

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 006239598X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 240

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Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, riveting, and celebrated masters. Charles Bukowski’s stories, poems, and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. In this collection of correspondence—letters to publishers, editors, friends, and fellow writers—the writer shares his insights on the art of creation. On Writing reveals an artist brutally frank about the drudgery of work and canny and uncompromising about the absurdities of life—and of art. It illuminates the hard-edged, complex humanity of a true American legend and counterculture icon—the “laureate of American lowlife” (Time)—who stoically recorded society’s downtrodden and depraved. It exposes an artist grounded in the visceral, whose work reverberates with his central ideal: “Don't try.” Piercing, poignant, and often hilarious, On Writing is filled not only with memorable lines but also with Bukowski’s trademark toughness, leavened with moments of grace, pathos, and intimacy.

Writers on Writing

Collected Essays from The New York Times

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Author: John Darnton

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805070859

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 268

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A collection of touching, humorous, and practical writings explores literature and the art of writing with contributions from Russell Banks, Saul Bellow, E. L. Doctorow, Richard Ford, Carl Hiaasen, Alice Hoffman, John Updike, and many others. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

It

A Novel

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Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Berkley

ISBN: 9780451169518

Category: Fiction

Page: 1093

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More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA

About Writing

Seven Essays, Four Letters, & Five Interviews

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Author: Samuel R. Delany

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819574244

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 432

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Award-winning novelist Samuel R. Delany has written a book for creative writers to place alongside E. M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel and Lajos Egri’s Art of Dramatic Writing. Taking up specifics (When do flashbacks work, and when should you avoid them? How do you make characters both vivid and sympathetic?) and generalities (How are novels structured? How do writers establish serious literary reputations today?), Delany also examines the condition of the contemporary creative writer and how it differs from that of the writer in the years of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and the high Modernists. Like a private writing tutorial, About Writing treats each topic with clarity and insight. Here is an indispensable companion for serious writers everywhere.

On Writing

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Author: A.L. Kennedy

Publisher: House of Anansi

ISBN: 1770894624

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 376

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On Writing features missives from A. L. Kennedy's hugely popular Guardian blog. Readers and aspiring writers will have almost everything they need to know about the complexities of researching, writing, and publishing fiction from one of the funniest and most alert of our contemporary authors. After six novels, five story collections and two books of non-fiction, and countless international prizes, A.L. Kennedy certainly has the authority to talk about the craft of writing books – it’s just a wonder she’s found the time. On Writing features writing from the authorial front line – urgent and vivid, full of the excitement, fury and frustration of trying to make thousands of words into a publishable book. At the core of On Writing is the hugely popular blog that Kennedy writes for the Guardian – and we follow her during a three-year period when she finished one collection of stories and started another, and wrote a novel in between. Alongside the blogs are brilliant essays on character, voice, writers’ workshops, and writers’ health and the book ends with the transcript of Kennedy’s celebrated one-person show about writing and language that she has performed round the world to huge acclaim. Read together, all these pieces add up to the most intimate master-class imaginable from one of the finest — and most humane — writers in our language.

Bird by Bird

Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Author: Anne Lamott

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307424983

Category: Reference

Page: 272

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"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." --Los Angeles Times Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author: "Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"

Writers on Writing

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Author: Robert Pack,Jay Parini

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9780874515602

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 294

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On Writing

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Author: Eudora Welty

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 0307786773

Category: Reference

Page: 128

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Eudora Welty was one of the twentieth century’s greatest literary figures. For as long as students have been studying her fiction as literature, writers have been looking to her to answer the profound questions of what makes a story good, a novel successful, a writer an artist. On Writing presents the answers in seven concise chapters discussing the subjects most important to the narrative craft, and which every fiction writer should know, such as place, voice, memory, and language. But even more important is what Welty calls “the mystery” of fiction writing—how the writer assembles language and ideas to create a work of art. Originally part of her larger work The Eye of the Story but never before published in a stand- alone volume, On Writing is a handbook every fiction writer, whether novice or master, should keep within arm’s reach. Like The Elements of Style, On Writing is concise and fundamental, authoritative and timeless—as was Eudora Welty herself. From the Hardcover edition.

Wired for Story

The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence

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Author: Lisa Cron

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 1607742454

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 262

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"This guide reveals how writers can take advantage of the brain's hard-wired responses to story to captivate their readers' minds through each plot element"--Provided by publisher.

On Writing

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Author: Jorge Luis Borges,Suzanne Jill Levine

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 9780143105725

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 167

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Collects essays and thoughts on the craft of writing by the author of "The Aleph" and many other literary classics.

Handbook of Research on Writing

History, Society, School, Individual, Text

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Author: Charles Bazerman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135251118

Category: Education

Page: 672

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The Handbook of Research on Writing ventures to sum up inquiry over the last few decades on what we know about writing and the many ways we know it: How do people write? How do they learn to write and develop as writers? Under what conditions and for what purposes do people write? What resources and technologies do we use to write? How did our current forms and practices of writing emerge within social history? What impacts has writing had on society and the individual? What does it mean to be and to learn to be an active participant in contemporary systems of meaning? This cornerstone volume advances the field by aggregating the broad-ranging, interdisciplinary, multidimensional strands of writing research and bringing them together into a common intellectual space. Endeavoring to synthesize what has been learned about writing in all nations in recent decades, it reflects a wide scope of international research activity, with attention to writing at all levels of schooling and in all life situations. Chapter authors, all eminent researchers, come from disciplines as diverse as anthropology, archeology, typography, communication studies, linguistics, journalism, sociology, rhetoric, composition, law, medicine, education, history, and literacy studies. The Handbook’s 37 chapters are organized in five sections: *The History of Writing; *Writing in Society; *Writing in Schooling; *Writing and the Individual; *Writing as Text This volume, in summing up what is known about writing, deepens our experience and appreciation of writing—in ways that will make teachers better at teaching writing and all of its readers better as individual writers. It will be interesting and useful to scholars and researchers of writing, to anyone who teaches writing in any context at any level, and to all those who are just curious about writing.

How to Write

Advice and Reflections

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Author: Richard Rhodes

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061868574

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Uniquely fusing practical advice on writing with his own insights into the craft, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes constructs beautiful prose about the issues would-be writers are most afraid to articulate: How do I dare write? Where do I begin? What do I do with this story I have to tell that fills and breaks my heart? Rich with personal vignettes about Rhode's sources of inspiration, How to Write is also a memoir of one of the most original and celebrated writers of our day.

Writing the Memoir

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Author: Judith Barrington

Publisher: The Eighth Mountain Press

ISBN: 9780933377509

Category: Education

Page: 187

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Provides guidelines for writing memoirs and personal accounts, including tips on telling the truth, writing about living people, and placing a personal story in a larger context.

On Writers and Writing

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Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349006245

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 224

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What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? Looking back on her own childhood and the development of her writing career, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse! - their activities, looking at what costumes they have seen fit to assume, what roles they have chosen to play. In her final chapter she takes up the challenge of the book's title: if a writer is to be seen as 'gifted', who is doing the giving and what are the terms of the gift? Margaret Atwood's wide and eclectic reference to other writers, living and dead, is balanced by anecdotes from her own experiences as a writer, both in Canada and on the international scene. The lightness of her touch is underlined by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing, and by a deep familiarity with the myths and traditions of western literature.

Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing

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Author: Ursula K. Le Guin,David Naimon

Publisher: Tin House Books

ISBN: 1947793004

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 150

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In a series of conversations with Between The Covers’s David Naimon, Ursula K. Le Guin discusses her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—both her process and her philosophy—with all the wisdom, profundity, and rigour we expect from one of our great American writers. When the New York Times called Ursula K. Le Guin, “America’s greatest living science fiction writer,” they just might have undersold her legacy. It’s hard to look at her vast body of work—novels and stories across multiple genres, poems, translations, essays, speeches, and criticism—and see anything but one of our greatest writers, period. In a series of interviews with David Naimon (Between the Covers), Le Guin discusses craft, aesthetics, and philosophy in her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction respectively. The discussions provide ample advice and guidance for writers of every level, but also give Le Guin a chance to to sound off on some of her favorite subjects: the genre wars, the patriarchy, the natural world, and what, in her opinion, makes for great writing. With excerpts from her own work and those books that she’s looked to for inspiration and guidance, this volume will be a treat for Le Guin’s longtime readers and a perfect introduction for those first approaching her writing.