Method and Madness: The Making of a Story: A Guide to Writing Fictionby Alice LaPlante
Pub. Date: 12/04/2008
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
A fresh, inspiring guide to writing fiction.Method and Madness takes its title from Hamlet: “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” Comprehensive and accessible, it provides guidelines to all aspects of fiction writing, from generating ideas to getting published. With a wealth of imaginative yet practical exercises and 39 storiesthe most in any guide to fiction writingMethod and Madness offers friendly, down-to-earth instruction in the art and craft of fiction.
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Method and Madness is a wonderful book for aspiring writers. Laplante organizes her chapters by the essentials of writing, such as Character, Dialogue, etc., and utilizes, perhaps excessively, many examples to illustrate her points on proper creative writing technique. At the end of each chapter she has 4 or 5 exercises to practice these techiniques as well as a short story or two that she considers exemplary examples of the topic duscussed in the chapter. These short stories are wonderful examples of modern creative writing. I am using this book in my creative writing graduate class, but I think any aspiring writer would find this book a good place to learn the basics of creative writing.
LaPlante has included numerous exercises to be used as starting points for short stories and they are effective. The compilation of stories is diverse and well-chosen. A must have book for writing students or those wishing to learn more about the art.