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The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction

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"Make [your] characters want something right away-even if it's only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time."-Kurt Vonnegut. '"The cat sat on the mat' is not the beginning of a story, but 'the cat sat on the dog's mat' is."-John Le Carre. Nothing is more inspiring for a beginning writer than listening to masters of the craft talk about the writing life. But if you can't get Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez together at the Algonquin, The Modern Library Writer's Workshop gives you the next best thing. Stephen Koch, former chair of Columbia University's graduate creative writing program, presents a unique guide to the craft of fiction. Along with his own lucid observations and commonsense techniques, he weaves together wisdom, advice, and inspiring commentary from some of our greatest writers. Taking you from the moment of inspiration (keep a notebook with you at all times), to writing a first draft (do it quickly! you can always revise later), to figuring out a plot (plot always serves the story, not vice versa), Koch is a benevolent mentor, glad to dispense sound advice when you need it most. The Modern Library Writer's Workshop belongs on every writer's shelf, to be picked up and pored over for those moments when the muse needs a little help finding her way.

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Compiling wisdom and advice from such masters of the craft as Henry James, E. M. Forster, Eudora Welty, and Toni Morrison, this readerly guide to fiction writing provides helpful observations and techniques for would-be fiction writers, covering such topics as cultivating one's creative imagination, the mechanics of plot and character development, and narrative thinking. Original. 25,000 first printing.

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ISBN:
9780307538482
Subtitle:
A Guide to the Craft of Fiction
Publisher:
Modern Library
Author:
Koch, Stephen
Author:
Stephen Koch
Subject:
Reference : Writing Skills
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Subject:
Fiction -- Authorship.
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20030401
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
246

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"Synopsis" by , Compiling wisdom and advice from such masters of the craft as Henry James, E. M. Forster, Eudora Welty, and Toni Morrison, this readerly guide to fiction writing provides helpful observations and techniques for would-be fiction writers, covering such topics as cultivating one's creative imagination, the mechanics of plot and character development, and narrative thinking. Original. 25,000 first printing.
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