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

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393928174
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/4/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 620
  • Sales rank: 234,011
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice LaPlante

Alice LaPlante teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University and Stanford University, where she is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow. Her fiction has been published in the Southwest Review, Epoch, and Stanford Magazine, and her nonfiction has been published in Discover, BusinessWeek, and the San Jose Mercury News, among other publications. She lives in Palo Alto, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    Chaos explained

    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.

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  • Posted September 23, 2009

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    Method & Madness is being used as a text in our Master of Liberal Studies program. It is well written and hard to put down. How often can you say that about a text?

    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.

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