Method and Madness: The Making of a Story: A Guide to Writing Fiction

Method and Madness: The Making of a Story: A Guide to Writing Fiction

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by Alice LaPlante
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393928179

ISBN-13: 9780393928174

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 stories—

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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 stories—the most in any guide to fiction writing—Method and Madness offers friendly, down-to-earth instruction in the art and craft of fiction.

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ISBN-13:
9780393928174
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/04/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
620
Sales rank:
75,934
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Method and Madness: The Making of a Story: A Guide to Writing Fiction 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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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.
EclecticReader50 More than 1 year ago
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.