Starting from Scratch: A Different Kind of Writers' Manual

Starting from Scratch: A Different Kind of Writers' Manual

by Rita Mae Brown
     
 

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From the best-selling author of  Rubyfruit Jungle and  Bingo, here is a writers' manual as provocative,  frank, and funny as her fiction. Unlike most  writers' guides, this one had as much to do with how  writers live as with mastering the tools of their  trade. Rita Mae Brown begins with a

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From the best-selling author of  Rubyfruit Jungle and  Bingo, here is a writers' manual as provocative,  frank, and funny as her fiction. Unlike most  writers' guides, this one had as much to do with how  writers live as with mastering the tools of their  trade. Rita Mae Brown begins with a very personal  account of her own career, from her days as a young  poet who had written a novel no publisher wanted  to take a chance on, right up to her recent  adventures as a Hollywood screenwriter. In a sassy style  that makes her outspoken advice as entertaining as  it is useful, she provides straight talk about  paying the rent while maintaining the energy to  write; and dealing with agents, publishers, critics,  and the publicity circus; about pursuingj  ournalisim, academia, or screen-writing; and about rejecting  the Hemingway myth of the hard-living,  hard-drinking genius. In addition Brown, a former teacher or  writing, offers a serious examination of the  writer's tool—language, plotting, characters,  symbolism—plus exercises to sharpen the ear for dialogue,  and a fascinating, annoted reading list of  important works from the seventh century to the late  twentieth.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Funny enough in  places to make you laugh aloud but honest enough to  weed out the weak of heart who think writing is made  by muses rather than writers' hard  work."—Columbus Sunday Dispatch

"A writer's manual that reads like a cross  between Writers Digest and Allan  Bloom's The Closing of the American  Mind."—The Washington  Post.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Focusing on the wonders of the English language, ``Brown here gives nonwriters and writers alike a book to enjoy quite apart from its instructional value,'' stated PW . `` The tone is stern but empathetic, spiced by the author's sassy wit and full of information on the writer's craft.'' (Apr.)
Library Journal
While Brown offers sound practical advice for fiction writers, her witty colloquial style makes this manual more entertaining than others. Brown is less concerned with showing writers how to break into the market than with their survivalphysical, spiritual, and creativewhile trying to become published. Thus she instructs the reader not just in matters of craft but how to get enough to eat and sleep while working the ``paying job.'' Suggested writing exercises, an annotated reading list, and a plan for a model writer's school all betray Brown's seriousness about the entreprise of literary production, making this useful for students of writing and literature and of interest to those curious about Brown's own career. Mollie Brodsky, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553346305
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1989
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
635,509
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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