Off the Page Writers Talk about Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between

ISBN-10: 0393330885
ISBN-13: 9780393330885
Edition: 2007
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Description: A guide where today's best writers reveal their secrets. How do writers approach a new novel? Do they start with plot, character, or theme? A. S. Byatt starts with color. E. L. Doctorow begins with an image. In Off the Page, authors tell us how  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

A guide where today's best writers reveal their secrets. How do writers approach a new novel? Do they start with plot, character, or theme? A. S. Byatt starts with color. E. L. Doctorow begins with an image. In Off the Page, authors tell us how they work, giving insight into their writing process. Gathered from some of today's best writersPaul Auster, Martin Amis, Gish Jen, Dan Chaon, Alice McDermott, and many others interviewed on washingtonpost.com's "Off the Page" serieshost Carole Burns has woven their wisdom into chapters illuminating to any writer or reader. How does place influence authors? How do they make a sex scene work? How do they tell when the work is done? Walter Mosley defying genre; Shirley Hazzard on love; Michael Cunningham on compassion: these and more from Richard Ford, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Charles Baxter will deepen your appreciation for the art of writing and excite you to try new ways of writing yourself.

Marie Arana is editor of "The Washington Post Book World" as well as a feature writer for "The Post". She has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists as well as the National Book Critics Circle. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Preface
Introduction
In the Beginning Was...(A) The Word, (B) A Bunch of Words, (C) Not a Single Damned Word
Haven't I Seen You Somewhere Before? How Characters Come to Life
What's It All About? The Ideas Behind the Stories
Truth or Dare? Changing Facts to Make a Story More Real
Home Is Where the Art Is: How Writers Are Influenced by Place
All That Jazz: Playing with Language and Style to Suit the Story
The Long and Short of It: The Differences Between Writing Novels and Writing Short Stories
Lovers and Other Strangers: Sex and Love in Literature
If at First You Don't Succeed...Revise, Revise Again
Are We There Yet? Knowing When a Novel or Story Is Finished
The Writing Life: Springs of Hope, Winters of Despair
Musing About the Muse: How Writers Find Inspiration When It Doesn't Find Them
Who Reads This Stuff? How Writers Think About Audience-and Reviewers
Good Writers Borrow, Great Writers Steal: The Writers Whom Writers Love, and Why
I Knew Him When...When Writers Realized They Were Going to Be Writers
Words of Wisdom: What Writers Wish Someone Had Told Them
Authors' Biographies
Acknowledgments

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