The Anatomy of Curiosity

The Anatomy of Curiosity

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ISBN-13: 9781541514805
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 563,566
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Brenna Yovanoff is the New York Times bestselling author of five young adult novels. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Colorado State University. She currently lives in Denver with her husband.


Tessa Gratton is the acclaimed author of six young adult novels. She currently lives in Kansas with her partner, two cats, and her mutant mutt named Grendel.


Maggie Stiefvater is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ten books for young readers. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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TheFalseKnight More than 1 year ago
They say there's a power in Three. "The Anatomy of Curiosity" is further evidence of that claim. I've spent hours upon hours combing through how-to's and writing guides. A beautiful and engrossing conversation about the craft of writing, "Curiosity" is what I've been looking for, and what you've probably been looking for as well. I came to this for Maggie Stiefvater and what I got was so much more. This book is a trio of novellas. One from Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff each. The beauty is that these authors are critique partners. Within the stories are little blurbs talking you through how Maggie perfects her characters, how Tessa builds a world and wraps it around everything later, and Brenna illustrates one story in multiple stages. In between each novella are real conversations about what we are REALLY asking. And these aren't the normal "just write", "write what you know", or "read a lot". How many times have you heard that theme is important? Or to find the truth in what you want to say? Or base your characters on real people, but not too much so? Well, I've never seen HOW to do that in the books, blogs, textbooks I've read. Until now. "The Anatomy of Curiosity" is the answer we REALLY want. It's the writing group of cool kids that we've always wanted to be apart of. And here they are, asking us to sit at their table.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
In an old walk up in Brooklyn, a young woman is hired as a reader and companion for a strange older woman. What starts a job quickly turns into something much more important as Petra learns about context, ladylike behavior, and speaking her mind all while finding an unusual kind of friendship in "Ladylike" by Maggie Stiefvater. In a faraway land a young soldier works to disarm magical bombs left behind by rebels. The hum of the desert lulls him and the mysterious magician on his team enchants him, but sometimes loving something is hard until you know the truth about yourself in "Desert Canticle" by Tessa Gratton. In a town where water is scarce, drowning is a rarity. There are a lot of ways to tell the you about the boy she found drowned in a half inch of water, but there's only one right story for Jane and the drowning place in "Drowning Variations" by Brenna Yovanoff. The Anatomy of Curiosity (2015) is the second anthology from authors (and critique partners) Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stievfater and Brenna Yovanoff. In this followup to The Curiosities the focus is more squarely on the mechanics of writing and how ideas can become stories. For this collection each author wrote a new novella and details their writing process in a preface and margin comments. Between each story all three authors also discuss how they tackled finding critique partners, revision, and _______. Each author frames their margin comments and notes in the context of their focus when writing. Stiefvater discusses character (how she builds characters and conveys characterization through different aspects of the story), Gratton focuses on world-building (how worlds shape characters and how world-building choices shape the rest of the story), while Yovanoff talks about ideas (getting from the idea she has to the story she wants to tell with a particular project). It's worth noting that The Anatomy of Curiosity can be read, first and foremost, as a set of engaging fantasy novellas. As fans of these authors would expect, each novella is well-written and evocative in its own right. In reading the marginalia and supplemental materials, however, readers are treated to not only excellent fiction but also an insider's view of the creative process from three incredibly talented writers. The Anatomy of Curiosity is a must-read for aspiring authors and fantasy fans alike.