Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors

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"Novel Ideas: Contemporary Writers Share the Creative Process" is a thought-provoking guide for aspiring novelists that uses the experiences of popular contemporary authors to illustrate the daily challenges of the creative process. Twenty-three in-depth interviews show first-hand how the process works— and how it can take over an author's life. Interviews include A. Manette Ansay, Michael Chabon, Wally Lamb, Valerie Martin and Sena Jeter Naslund. Reading these interviews, the would-be novelist feels as if he or she is having a conversation with ...

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Overview

"Novel Ideas: Contemporary Writers Share the Creative Process" is a thought-provoking guide for aspiring novelists that uses the experiences of popular contemporary authors to illustrate the daily challenges of the creative process. Twenty-three in-depth interviews show first-hand how the process works— and how it can take over an author's life. Interviews include A. Manette Ansay, Michael Chabon, Wally Lamb, Valerie Martin and Sena Jeter Naslund. Reading these interviews, the would-be novelist feels as if he or she is having a conversation with a mentor. The book also combines chapters on the creative process, novel structure, discipline, and drafting.

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Shoup (Faithful Women) and Denman, the program director of creative writing at the University of New Hampshire, interviewed 23 well-known contemporary authors about the process of crafting fiction to produce this inspirational guide. A brief introductory section takes the reader through the rudiments of writing, most specifically plot and character development and the importance of revision. This information, especially on the rudiments of writing, has been done better elsewhere (Strunk and White's Elements of Style comes to mind). The interviews, however, are well-crafted pieces that show how well Shoup and Denman did their homework. Speaking with Tony Hillerman, Alice McDermott, Jane Smiley, Michael Chabon, and others, the authors draw out very personal responses not only about specific approaches to the creative process but also about how characters evolve and how novels come together. The authors share the motivation, exhilaration, fear, and frustration that transform ideas into words and words into stories. While not a high-priority purchase, this would be a good addition to writing workshop reading lists. Readers of popular fiction might also enjoy this work, as major writers offer insights into their modus operandi. Denise Sticha, Murrysville Community Lib., PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028640686
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 3/23/2001
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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Margaret Love Denman is the author of A Scrambling After Circumstance and a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writer's" pick. She is the director of the creative writing program at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches fiction and novel writing.

Barbara Shoup is the author of Night Watch, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony. Her young adult novels were named to the American Literary Association's list of "Best Books for Young Adults." She is a Literary Fellow with the Butler University Writer's Studio and has taught novel writing to students and adults.

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Table of Contents

1.Introduction.

The Book in the Mind, the Book on the Page. The Elements of Fiction. Seeing It Through. Revision.

2. The Interviews.

Dorothy Allison. A. Manette Ansay. Richard Bausch. Larry Brown. Michael Chabon. Robb Forman Dew. Richard Ford. Ha Jin. Patricia Henley. Tony Hillerman. Charles Johnson. Wally Lamb. Valerie Martin. Jill McCorkle. Alice McDermott. Sena Jeter Naslund. Lewis Nordan. Sheri Reynolds. Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. Jane Smiley. Lee Smith. Theodore Weesner. John Yount.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2001

    Great inspiration

    This book is a must have for anyone who wants to write. The interviews here delve into the creative process of a myriad of different authors who often have nothing more in common than a burning desire to put words on the page. The book makes for quick reading, and the passages can be read over time and again. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to read or write.

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