aMake [your] characters want something right awayaeven if itas only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time.a aKurt Vonnegut aaThe cat sat on the mata is not the beginning of a story, but athe cat sat on the dogas mata is.a aJohn Le CarrAc Nothing is more inspiring for a beginning writer than listening to masters of the craft talk about the writing life. But if you canat get Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, and Gabriel GarcAsa MAirquez together at the Algonquin, The Modern Library Writeras Workshop gives you the next best thing. Stephen Koch, former chair of Columbia Universityas 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 Writeras Workshop belongs on every writeras 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.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 ...
|Title||:||The Modern Library Writer's Workshop|
|Publisher||:||Modern Library - 2009-05-14|