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The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction

The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction

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“Make [your] characters want something right away—even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time.” —Kurt Vonnegut“‘The cat sat on the mat’ is not the beginning of a story, but ‘the cat sat on the dog’s mat’ is.” —John Le CarréNothing is more inspiring for a beginning writer than listening to masters of the craft talk about the writing life. But if you can’t get Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, and Gabriel García Márquez together at the Algonquin, The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop gives you the next best thing. Stephen Koch, former chair of Columbia University’s graduate creative writing program, presents a unique guide to the craft of fiction. Along with his own lucid observations and commonsense techniques, he weaves together wisdom, advice, and inspiring commentary from some of our greatest writers. Taking you from the moment of inspiration (keep a notebook with you at all times), to writing a first draft (do it quickly! you can always revise later), to figuring out a plot (plot always serves the story, not vice versa), Koch is a benevolent mentor, glad to dispense sound advice when you need it most. The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop belongs on every writer’s shelf, to be picked up and pored over for those moments when the muse needs a little help finding her way.From the Trade Paperback edition.
“Make [your] characters want something right away—even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time.” —Kurt Vonnegut“‘The cat sat on the mat’ is not the beginning of a story, but ‘the cat sat on the dog’s mat’ is.” —John Le CarréNothing is more inspiring for a beginning writer than listening to masters of the craft talk about the writing life. But if you can’t get Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, and Gabriel García Márquez together at the Algonquin, The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop gives you the next best thing. Stephen Koch, former chair of Columbia University’s graduate creative writing program, presents a unique guide to the craft of fiction. Along with his own lucid observations and commonsense techniques, he weaves together wisdom, advice, and inspiring commentary from some of our greatest writers. Taking you from the moment of inspiration (keep a notebook with you at all times), to writing a first draft (do it quickly! you can always revise later), to figuring out a plot (plot always serves the story, not vice versa), Koch is a benevolent mentor, glad to dispense sound advice when you need it most. The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop belongs on every writer’s shelf, to be picked up and pored over for those moments when the muse needs a little help finding her way.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Publish date: May 14, 2009
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wordmaven_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
What a great writing instruction book. You can start reading this book in any chapter and gain something from what you've read for your own writing; if you're not a writer, the book can easily be read for simple enjoyment. Every page contains great quotes and anecdotes about authors who are household names. If there's any of the literary voyuer in you, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Definitely a keeper on my shelves and it is heavily highlighted. I might loan it out, but I'll be asking for it back pretty quick. Highly recommended.
rosencrantz79 reviewed this
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I have read quite a few books on the craft of writing, but never before have I felt like a writer was explaining me to me. (Yes, I realize how cheesey a line that is.) Not only does Koch provide a wide range of views on writing through quoting novelists from Norman Mailer to Stephen King, Virginia Woolf to Scott Turow; he also provides what amounts to a step-by-step, how-to-write-your-book instruction manual that helped me make sense of they way I personally work. This book may not be for everyone, but I believe it has grains of wisdom for both the novice and the seasoned writer.
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