Reading Like a Writer

A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

Author: Francine Prose

Publisher: Union Books

ISBN: 1908526149

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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DIV In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and tricks of the masters to discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humour and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart – to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue and to Flannery O’Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail; to be inspired by Emily Brontë’s structural nuance and Charles Dickens’s deceptively simple narrative techniques. Most importantly, Prose cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted, and reminds us that good writing comes out of good reading. /div

Reading Like a Writer

A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

Author: Francine Prose

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061751899

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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Long before there were creative-writing workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose. In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the work of the very best writers—Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov—and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is deeply moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She looks to John Le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for clever examples of how to employ gesture to create character. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart.

Reading Like a Writer

A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

Author: Francine Prose

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060777044

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 3375

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Long before there were creative-writing workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose. In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the work of the very best writers—Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov—and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is deeply moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She looks to John Le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for clever examples of how to employ gesture to create character. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart.

Networking for People Who Hate Networking

A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected

Author: Devora Zack

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1605096075

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 200

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Networking is the art of building and maintaining connections for shared positive outcomes. This field guide begins by politely examining, and then shattering to pieces, traditional networking truisms.

Get Between the Covers

Leave a Legacy by Writing a Book

Author: Neil Shulman, M.D.,Eric Spencer

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1425975070

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 255

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What publishing experts have to say: "You can die with the book inside you or you can discover how to leave your legacy with Get Between the Covers. Many people in the world need to know what you've learned and experienced." -Dan Poynter, author of The Self-Publishing Manual, http: //ParaPublishing.com "Shulman and Spencer have put together an incredible book...it's a must read if you feel that you have 'a book in you' and would like to write it in your lifetime." -Rick Frishman, President of Planned TV Arts, co-author AUTHOR 101 book series, WWW.AUTHOR101.COM "Get Between the Covers is chock-full of sound advice from all the notables in the field, plus inspiring success stories. It's concise. Readable. Motivational. Every aspiring author needs this book! What an impressive contribution to the existing body of literature on book writing and publishing." -Marilyn Ross, co-author of The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing, The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Companion, Jump Start Your Book Sales, and founder of SelfPublishingResources.com From the Authors: Get Between the Covers is a user-friendly and motivational tool designed to inspire the masses to write at least one book in their lifetime. Unlike others, we believe that everyone CAN write their own book, and the book takes you through the process from day 1 all the way to your publication options and even what to do once the book is out...with plenty of author success stories (coming from authors of all levels of readership), anecdotes, and humor along the way. It is completely updated for 2007 and builds on the groundwork of the 100+ books that have been written in this market over the past 20 years by packaging it into aninteresting read that is highly informative and concise for the millions who would like to write a book.

The Demise of the Library School

Personal Reflections on Professional Education in the Modern Corporate University

Author: Richard J. Cox

Publisher: Library Juice Press, LLC

ISBN: 1936117452

Category: Education

Page: 359

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In The Demise of the Library School, Richard J. Cox places the present and future of professional education for librarianship in the debate on the modern corporate university. The book is a series of meditations on critical themes relating to the education of librarians, archivists, and other information professionals, playing off of other commentators analyzing the nature of higher education and its problems and promises.

Cart's Top 200 Adult Books for Young Adults

Two Decades in Review

Author: Michael Cart

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 0838911587

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 126

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Author of the bestseller Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism, Cart applies his considerable expertise as columnist and critic for Booklist to identifying 200 exceptional adult books that will satisfy a variety of young adults recreational reading tastes. Features only the best of the best no cheesy star bios or chick lit lite here. Makes finding a great book easy, with multiple indexes and thorough annotation .

Bound to Last

30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book

Author: Sean Manning

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 030681921X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 225

View: 701

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Lovers of the printed book, arise! Thirty of today's top writers are here to tell you you're not alone. In Bound to Last,an amazing array of authors comes to the passionate defense of the printed book with spirited, never-before-published essays celebrating the hardcover or paperback they hold most dear—not necessarily because of its contents, but because of its significance as a one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable object. Whether focusing on the circumstances behind how a particular book was acquired, or how it has become forever “bound up” with a specific person, time, or place, each piece collected here confirms—poignantly, delightfully, irrefutably—that every book tells a story far beyond the one found within its pages. In addition to a foreword by Ray Bradbury, Bound to Last features original contributions by:Chris Abani, Rabih Alameddine, Anthony Doerr, Louis Ferrante, Nick Flynn, Karen Joy Fowler, Julia Glass, Karen Green, David Hajdu, Terrence Holt, Jim Knipfel, Shahriar Mandanipour, Sarah Manguso, Sean Manning, Joyce Maynard, Philipp Meyer, Jonathan Miles, Sigrid Nunez, Ed Park, Victoria Patterson, Francine Prose, Michael Ruhlman, Elissa Schappell, Christine Schutt, Jim Shepard, Susan Straight, J. Courtney Sullivan, Anthony Swofford, Danielle Trussoni, and Xu Xiaobin

Refuse to Choose!

A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything That You Love

Author: Barbara Sher

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9781594863035

Category: Self-Help

Page: 270

View: 1989

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Identifies seven personality types that share a common quality of having numerous unrelated interests, explaining how readers can prioritize and pursue multiple goals simultaneously in order to enjoy successful and varied lives. By the author of Wishcraft. 75,000 first printing.

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published

How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully

Author: Arielle Eckstut,David Henry Sterry

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 0761163980

Category: Reference

Page: 544

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Now updated for 2015! The best, most comprehensive guide for writers is now revised and updated, with new sections on ebooks, self-publishing, crowd-funding through Kickstarter, blogging, increasing visibility via online marketing, micropublishing, the power of social media and author websites, and more—making The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published more vital than ever for anyone who wants to mine that great idea and turn it into a successfully published book. Written by experts with twenty-five books between them as well as many years’ experience as a literary agent (Eckstut) and a book doctor (Sterry), this nuts-and-bolts guide demystifies every step of the publishing process: how to come up with a blockbuster title, create a selling proposal, find the right agent, understand a book contract, and develop marketing and publicity savvy. Includes interviews with hundreds of publishing insiders and authors, including Seth Godin, Neil Gaiman, Amy Bloom, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Lopate, plus agents, editors, and booksellers; sidebars featuring real-life publishing success stories; sample proposals, query letters, and an entirely updated resources and publishers directory.

Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir

Author: Lynn C. Miller,Lisa Lenard-Cook

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299293130

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 132

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Every person has a story to tell, but few beginners know how to uncover their story's narrative potential. And despite a growing interest among students and creative writers, few guides to the genre of memoirs and creative nonfiction highlight compelling storytelling strategies. Addressing this gap, authors Lynn C. Miller and Lisa Lenard-Cook provide a compact, accessible guide to memoir writing that shows how an aspiring memoir writer can use storytelling tools and tactics borrowed from fiction to weave personal experiences into the shape of a story. Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir offers an overview of the building blocks of memoir writing. Individual chapters focus on key issues and challenges, such as the balance between the remembering narrator and the experiencing narrator, the capacity to honor the subjective voice, the occasion of telling (why does this narrator tell this story now?), creating an organically functional structure for a particular story, and taking the next steps with a written memoir. Drawing on their combined years of experience teaching memoir writing, authoring works of fiction and nonfiction, and working in autobiographical performance, Miller and Lenard-Cook provide a practical guide whose core philosophy is motivated by a key word: story. Bronze winner, Foreword Book of the Year, Writing Guides

Getting the Love You Want

A Guide for Couples

Author: Harville Hendrix

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805068955

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 303

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A marriage therapist and pastoral counselor explains that most of the feelings of receiving inadequate love come from unresolved childhood conflicts and describes how adults can learn to flourish as loving and loved people, in a new edition of the best-selling handbook. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

What Is the What

Author: Dave Eggers

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0307371379

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

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What Is the What is the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee in war-ravaged southern Sudan who flees from his village in the mid-1980s and becomes one of the so-called Lost Boys. Valentino’s travels bring him in contact with enemy soldiers, with liberation rebels, with hyenas and lions, with disease and starvation, and with deadly murahaleen (militias on horseback)–the same sort who currently terrorize Darfur. Eventually Deng is resettled in the United States with almost 4000 other young Sudanese men, and a very different struggle begins. Based closely on true experiences, What Is the What is heartbreaking and arresting, filled with adventure, suspense, tragedy, and, finally, triumph. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Lit!

A Christian Guide to Reading Books

Author: Tony Reinke

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433522292

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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I love to read. I hate to read. I don’t have time to read. I only read Christian books. I’m not good at reading. There’s too much to read. Chances are, you’ve thought or said one of these exact phrases before because reading is important and in many ways unavoidable. Learn how to better read, what to read, when to read, and why you should read with this helpful guide from accomplished reader Tony Reinke. Offered here is a theology for reading and practical suggestions for reading widely, reading well, and for making it all worthwhile.

On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction and Get It Published

Author: Susan Rabiner,Alfred Fortunato

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393340211

Category: Reference

Page: 288

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Distilled wisdom from two publishing pros for every serious nonfiction author in search of big commercial success. Over 50,000 books are published in America each year, the vast majority nonfiction. Even so, many writers are stymied in getting their books published, never mind gaining significant attention for their ideas—and substantial sales. This is the book editors have been recommending to would-be authors. Filled with trade secrets, Thinking Like Your Editor explains: • why every proposal should ask and answer five key questions; • how to tailor academic writing to a general reader, without losing ideas or dumbing down your work; • how to write a proposal that editors cannot ignore; • why the most important chapter is your introduction; • why "simple structure, complex ideas" is the mantra for creating serious nonfiction; • why smart nonfiction editors regularly reject great writing but find new arguments irresistible. Whatever the topic, from history to business, science to philosophy, law, or gender studies, this book is vital to every serious nonfiction writer.

The Business of Being a Writer

Author: Jane Friedman

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022639333X

Category: Reference

Page: 368

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Writers talk about their work in many ways: as an art, as a calling, as a lifestyle. Too often missing from these conversations is the fact that writing is also a business. The reality is, those who want to make a full- or part-time job out of writing are going to have a more positive and productive career if they understand the basic business principles underlying the industry. The Business of Being a Writer offers the business education writers need but so rarely receive. It is meant for early-career writers looking to develop a realistic set of expectations about making money from their work or for working writers who want a better understanding of the industry. Writers will gain a comprehensive picture of how the publishing world works—from queries and agents to blogging and advertising—and will learn how they can best position themselves for success over the long term. Jane Friedman has more than twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, with an emphasis on digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is encouraging without sugarcoating, blending years of research with practical advice that will help writers market themselves and maximize their writing-related income. It will leave them empowered, confident, and ready to turn their craft into a career.

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit

How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!

Author: Thomas Lennon,Robert Ben Garant

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439186774

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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This is the only screenwriting guide by two guys who have actually done it (instead of some schmuck who just gives lectures about screenwriting at the airport Marriott); “These guys are proof that with no training and little education, ANYONE can make it as a screenwriter” (Paul Rudd). Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon’s movies have made over a billion dollars at the box office—and now they show you how to do it yourself! This book is full of secret insider information about how to conquer the Hollywood studio system: how to write, pitch, structure, and get drunk with the best of them. Well…maybe not the best of them, but certainly the most successful. (If you’re aiming to win an Oscar, this is not the book for you!) But if you can type a little, and can read and speak English—then you too can start turning your words into stacks of money! This is the only screenwriting book you will ever need (because all other ones pretty much suck). In these pages, Garant and Lennon provide the kind of priceless tips you won’t find anywhere else, including: -The art of pitching -Getting your foot in the door -Taking notes from movie stars -How to get fired and rehired -How to get credit and royalties! And most important: what to buy with the huge piles of money you’re going to make! Writing Movies for Fun and Profit will take you through the highs and lows of life as a professional screenwriter. From the highs of hugging Gisele Bündchen and getting kung fu punched by Jackie Chan to the soul-crushing lows of Herbie: Fully Loaded. Read this book and you’ll have everything you need to make your first billion the old-fashioned way—by “selling out” in show business! A portion of the authors’ proceeds from this book are being contributed to the USO of Metropolitan Washington, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving active duty military members and their families in the greater Washington, DC, region.

The Destiny Formula

Find Your Purpose. Overcome Your Fear of Failure. Use Your Natural Talents and Strengths to Build a Successful Life

Author: Ayodeji Awosika

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781522827849

Category:

Page: 162

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Do you feel stuck in your circumstances? Do you have big dreams, but lack the right strategy to reach your goals?If you answered yes to either of these questions, read more to learn about what this book can do for you.This book is for: People who know there's more to life than the "cookie-cutter" options laid out for us. People who know what they want from life, but feel a bit "stuck," and need an extra push to reach their goals. People who have big dreams for their lives, but keep getting sidetracked. People who are motivated, but need direction and guidance in finding their life's purpose. Look, the purpose of this book isn't just to get you "hyped up." If you're completely lazy with no ambition there isn't a book out there that can help you.This book is for people who know deep down they could be doing more and need some strategies to get where they truly want to be. I've been in your position. I know how you feel. You set goals and fall short.You have big dreams and you know it's possible to achieve them, but they intimidate you. You've been following the conventional path and you know it doesn't suit you at all. You know you have the talent and ability to succeed, but you need to create a plan that will finally work. Are you the type of person who is willing to invest in yourself and your future?I know what you might be saying to yourself... "Is this book worth it?"If all this book did was give you a useful strategy to kick your procrastination habits and make real progress towards your goals....would it be worth it? If all this book did was give you that much needed kick in the pants for you to "snap out of it," and get back on track...would it be worth it? If all this book did was help you find more clarity about what you should do with your life...would it be worth it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I think the answer to whether or not you should invest in yourself and buy this book is clear. What's stopping you from living the life of your dreams?Scroll up to the top and select "Buy now with one click."

Skinny Bastard

A Kick-in-the-ass for Real Men who Want to Stop Being Fat and Start Getting Buff

Author: Rory Freedman,Kim Barnouin

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458779793

Category: Large print books

Page: 283

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What's good for the bitch is good for the bastard. Hundreds of thousands of women have been inspired to ''use their head'' and get real about the food they eat after reading the best-selling manifesto Skinny Bitch. But it turns out some men have been reading over their girlfriends' shoulders. Professional athletes such as Milwaukee Brewers' Prince Fielder and the Dallas Mavericks' Jerry Stackhouse have adopted a whole new eating plan because of the book. Now authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin think it's time for the guys to have a book of their own. In Skinny Bastard, they'll explain why the macho ''meat and potatoes'' diet is total crap, why having a gut is un-cool (and a turn-off), and how to get buff on the right foods. Eating well shouldn't be a ''girlie'' thing - and the Bitches will whip any man into shape with their straight-talk, sound guidance, and locker room language.