From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, 1. 12. 2007 - Počet stran: 288
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author “shares his insights into—and passion for—the creation and experience of fiction with total openness” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
 
Robert Olen Butler, author of Perfume River, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, and A Small Hotel, teaches graduate fiction at Florida State University—his version of literary boot camp. In From Where You Dream, Butler reimagines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual, and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. Proposing that fiction is the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass, Butler reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire. Offering a direct view into the mind and craft of a literary master, From Where You Dream is an invaluable tool for the novice and experienced writer alike.
 
“Incisive and provocative, Butler’s tutorials are a must for anyone even thinking about writing fiction, and readers, too, will benefit from his passionate exhortations.” —Booklist
 

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This is an excellent book. It gives a different perspective on the writing process and avoids most of the usual pedestrian (but important) stuff about character, plot, setting, etc that is available in many, many other books. I enjoyed it. Přečíst celou recenzi

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Introduction
THE LECTURES
Boot Camp
The Zone
Yearning
Cinema of the Mind
5A Writer Prepares
THE WORKSHOP
The Bad Story
The Anecdote Exercise
The Written Exercise
THE STORIES ANALYZED
Flamenco by Erich Sysak
My Impossibles by Brandy T Wilson
My Summer in Vulcan by Rita Mae Reese
Open Arms by Robert Olen Butler

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O autorovi (2007)

Robert Olen Butler is the author of ten novels and two collections of stories. In addition to a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and a National Magazine Award in 2001 (both for fiction), he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and an NEA grant, as well as the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.
 
Janet Burroway is the author of plays, poetry, children’s books, and eight novels, including Raw Silk, The Buzzards, Opening Nights, Cutting Stone, and Bridge of Sand. Her Writing Fiction is the most widely used creative writing text in America. Recent works include the plays Sweepstakes, Medea with Child, and Parts of Speech, which have received readings and productions in New York, London, San Francisco, Hollywood, Chicago, and various regional theatres; a collection of essays, Embalming Mom; and her memoir, Losing Tim. The recipient of the Florida Humanities Council’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing, she is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita of the Florida State University.

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