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From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

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Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, teaches graduate fiction at Florida State University — his version of literary boot camp. In From Where You Dream, Butler reimagines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual, and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. Proposing that fiction is the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass, Butler reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the ...
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Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, teaches graduate fiction at Florida State University — his version of literary boot camp. In From Where You Dream, Butler reimagines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual, and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. Proposing that fiction is the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass, Butler reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire. Offering a direct view into the mind and craft of a literary master, From Where You Dream is an invaluable tool for the novice and experienced writer alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802142573
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/10/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 304,986
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Boot camp 9
2 The zone 23
3 Yearning 39
4 Cinema of the mind 63
5 A writer prepares 85
6 Reading, lit crit, and the workshop 107
7 The bad story 123
8 The anecdote exercise 141
9 The written exercise 165
10 "Flamenco" by Erich Sysak 187
11 "My impossibles" by Brandy T. Wilson 207
12 "My summer in Vulcan" by Rita Mae Reese 229
App Open arms 253
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2007

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    As I have an acting background--a B.A. in Theatre Arts, Performance, from U.S.F.-- I can say with great confidence that Robert Olen Butler has created a 'Method-Writing' inspired by Konstantin Stanislavsky.More of a 'Why-To', than a mere 'how-to', Mr. Butler gives specific exercises to help unlock the subconscious, and generate better writing... Stanislavsky said his Method was 'The Conscious means to the Unconscious.'.Mr. Butler will have you writing, literally, 'From Where You Dream.' I've already had great success by following his suggestions and utilizing the exercises--I am more disciplined, and creating more, and enjoying the process,too! I recommend this book very highly. When I do volunteer work at Open Mics, and in schools, I always tell the kids, and the teachers, and professors, about this book.

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