9781412810517

The Soul of Creative Writing

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  • ISBN13:

    9781412810517

  • ISBN10:

    1412810515

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2009-03-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Language is a deep ocean of living words, as varied as undersea life. It is a gift inherited by each person when he or she is born. It is enormous, complex, and inexhaustible gift. The Soul of Creative Writing is a tribute to language and to its potentials. It explores the elements of style, rhythm, sound, meaning and the choice of the right word. Writers and readers will find it an indispensible source of inspiration and instruction. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France. He has written for many national publications, including the New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Harvard Review, and Commonweal. Goodman teaches writing at Spalding University's MFA in Writing Program in Louisville, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Words
The Music of Prosep. 7
In Search of the Exact Wordp. 19
The Secret Strength of Wordsp. 29
Some Things English Can't Do-and Shouldn'tp. 39
The Nerve of Poetryp. 49
Writing
Using the Techniques of Fiction to Make Your Creative Nonfiction Even More Creativep. 63
Finding a Great Titlep. 77
The Eminent Domain of Punctuationp. 87
It's About Nothing: Finding Subjects for Creative Writing in Everyday Lifep. 99
Maxims about Writingp. 107
Notesp. 119
Name Indexp. 125
Title Indexp. 129
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