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The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing

The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing
Your Price: $29.95 CDN
Author: Alice LaPlante
Publisher: WW Norton
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 667
Pub. Date: 2010
ISBN-10: 0393337081
ISBN-13: 9780393337082

About the Book:

The Making of a Story is recommended by the Writers Guild Initiative!

A writing teacher compiles over 25 years of her expertise, exercises, and examples in a primer for creative writers, from the initial triggering idea to the revision of the final manuscript.

The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring guide to the basics of creative writing – both fiction and creative nonfiction. Its hands-on, completely accessible approach walks writers through each stage of the creative process, from the initial triggering idea to the revision of the final manuscript. It is unique in combing the three main aspects of creative writing instruction: process (finding inspiration, getting ideas on the page), craft (specific techniques like characterization), and anthology (learning by reading masters of the form). Succinct, clear definitions of basic terms of fiction are accompanied by examples, including excerpts from masterpieces of short fiction and essays as well as contemporary novels. A special highlight is Alice LaPlante's systematic debunking of many of the so-called rules of creative writing.

The Making of a Story is perfect for writers working alone as well as for creative writing classes, both introductory and advanced.

What people say:

"Comprehensive in its coverage of inspiration, craft, aesthetics, veracity, and purpose, this one-stop guide to writing is casual in tone and rigorous in content, elucidating the nature of diction and nonfiction and clarifying the qualities unique to each and common to both. Each chapter contains an explication of such subjects as point of view, characters, and narrative structure; writing exercises; and an illustrative story by the likes of Tim O'Brien, ZZ Packer, Lorrie Moore, John Cheever, and Maxine Hong Kingston. Expansive, clear, and sophisticated, LaPlante's richly resourced guide is destined to become a standard." — Booklist

"This big, comprehensive book is almost a complete writing course." — Book Passage

About the Author:

Alice LaPlante is an award-winning American fiction writer and university creative writing instructor. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and teaches creative writing at both Stanford and San Francisco State University. 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 is also an award-winning journalist, corporate editorial consultant, and writing coach.