Synopses & Reviews
"Make [your] characters want something right away even if its 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 dogs mat' is." John Le Carré
Nothing is more inspiring for a beginning writer than listening to masters of the craft talk about the writing life. But if you cant get Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, and Gabriel García Márquez together at the Algonquin, The Modern Library Writers Workshop gives you the next best thing. Stephen Koch, former chair of Columbia Universitys 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 Writers Workshop belongs on every writers shelf, to be picked up and pored over for those moments when the muse needs a little help finding her way.
"An extraordinarily comprehensive and practical work by a master craftsman and a master analyst of the craft." Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls Rising and Anything Goes
Includes bibliographical references (p. -230) and index.
"The Modern Library Writer's Workshop" presents a treasure trove of useful advice, inspiring wisdom, and encouraging support for the beginning fiction writer by the former chair of the graduate writing program at Columbia University.