9780802117953

From Where You Dream The Process of Writing Fiction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780802117953

  • ISBN10:

    0802117953

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-03-02
  • Publisher: Grove Press

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Summary

Jane Burroway, author of the classic text on creative writing Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, attended Robert Olen Butler's graduate fiction lectures at Floriday State University (a sort of literary "boot camp" that asks writers to abandoned their preconceived notions of fiction) and transcribes them here with an introduction telling us why his thinking about fiction is so unique and inspiring. In Method Writing, Butler argues that writing is emotional rather than intellectual, and tells writers how to slip into the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. He proposes fiction as the exploration of the human condition and yearning as its compass, showing his students how to reinterpret the traditional tools of fiction through the prism of learning. He officers insights into the nature of voice. He compares fiction to cinema, to be experienced by the reader as a sensual series of takes and scenes. And he offers a system whereby revision is undertaken at the level of structure rather than sentence. The lectures include original perspectives on science, psychology, and the arts, quoting from great literature, cinema, and student papers alike to bring Butler's unique ideas to life.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(8)
PART I: THE LECTURES
1 Boot Camp
9(14)
2 The Zone
23(16)
3 Yearning
39(24)
4 Cinema of the Mind
63(22)
5 A Writer Prepares
85(22)
PART II: THE WORKSHOP
6 Reading, Lit Crit, and the Workshop
107(16)
7 The Bad Story
123(18)
8 The Anecdote Exercise
141(24)
9 The Written Exercise
165
PART III: THE STORIES, ANALYZED
10 "Flamenco" by Erich Sysak
187(20)
11 "My Impossibles" by Brandy T. Wilson
207(22)
12 "My Summer in Vulcan" by Rita Mae Reese
229(24)
Appendix: "Open Arms" by Robert Olen Butler 253

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