The Quotable Writer

Overview

But who are the ones who make it and how? In spite of the eventual success of the well-known writers in this collection, many of them had to journey to the dark midnight of their souls and back. Here is Flannery O'Connor on the insidious lure of the Hollywood machine; Stephen King on his disregard for the perfectly grammatical sentence; Norman Mailer on the emotional turmoil of novel writing; Anne Lamott on the daily discipline it takes to bring a work to fruition; and many others. The Quotable Writer is the ...
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Overview

But who are the ones who make it and how? In spite of the eventual success of the well-known writers in this collection, many of them had to journey to the dark midnight of their souls and back. Here is Flannery O'Connor on the insidious lure of the Hollywood machine; Stephen King on his disregard for the perfectly grammatical sentence; Norman Mailer on the emotional turmoil of novel writing; Anne Lamott on the daily discipline it takes to bring a work to fruition; and many others. The Quotable Writer is the perfect gift for the dabbler, the professional writer, the teacher, and the dreamer. These carefully selected quotations capture the wisdom and wit of the world's best-known writers, from Mark Twain to Mary Higgins Clark, Aristotle to Truman Capote. Included are sections on writing habits, finding the muse, transcending writer's block, dealing with editors, facing the critics, as well as managing success and rejection. This compilation is sure to inspire, entertain, and enlighten writers and readers everywhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413246001
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

LAMAR UNDERWOOD serves as editorial director of the Outdoor Magazine Group of Harris Publications in New York. He is the author of a novel, On Dangerous Ground, and editor of such anthologies as The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told, The Greatest Adventure Stories Ever Told, and several other books. Formerly editor in chief of both Sports Afield and Outdoor Life, he lives in Pennington, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
1 Words of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers 1
2 The Student Writer: Courses and Workshops 45
3 The Writer's Craft: How the Pros Master It 57
4 Story, Plot, and Structure 137
5 The Insiders 153
6 The Ups and Downs of the Writing Life 177
7 Hollywood 213
8 The Critics 229
9 Journalism and Nonfiction 245
10 The Artistic Temperament 269
11 Literary Horizons 291
Works Cited 311
Author Index 347
About the Author 353
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