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From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction
     

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

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by Robert Olen Butler, Janet Burroway (Editor)
 

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Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his short-story collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, has been praised as "the best living American writer, period" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). During his prestigious career, he has been guiding, inspiring, and awakening graduate fiction students at Florida State University-his version of

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Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his short-story collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, has been praised as "the best living American writer, period" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). During his prestigious career, he has been guiding, inspiring, and awakening graduate fiction students at Florida State University-his version of literary boot camp. Now Janet Burroway, author of the classic text Writing Fiction, introduces her edited transcripts of his thought-provoking lectures.

From Where You Dream reimagines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual. It proposes fiction as the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass, and reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire. Butler offers invaluable insights into the nature of voice, and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction.

From Where You Dream offers a direct view into the mind and craft of "our preeminent practitioner of first-person narrative" (Chicago Tribune). Like sitting in on a yearlong master class in fiction, it is an invaluable tool for the novice and experienced writer alike.

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ISBN-13:
9780802117953
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.00(d)

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From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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