You Can't Make This Stuff Up The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction - From Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between

ISBN-10: 0738215546

ISBN-13: 9780738215549

Edition: 2012

Authors: Lee Gutkind

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From rags-to-riches-to-rags tell-alls to personal health sagas to literary journalism everyone seems to want to try their hand at creative nonfiction. Now, Lee Gutkind, the go-to expert for all things creative nonfiction, taps into one of the fastest-growing genres with this new writing guide. Frank and to-the-point, with depth and clarity, Gutkind describes and illustrates each and every aspect of the genre, from defining a concept and establishing a writing process to the final product. Offering new ways of understanding genre and invaluable tools for writers to learn and experiment with,You Can’t Make This Stuff Upallows writers of all skill levels to thoroughly expand and stylize their work.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/14/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

Introduction: How to Read This Book
What Is Creative Nonfiction?
The Birth of the Godfather
The Definition Debate
What Is It-Or Isn't It?
Who Coined the Term "Creative Nonfiction"?
The Fastest-Growing Genre
Crossing Genres
Poetry Is (Often) Creative Nonfiction
Flexibility, Freedom, and the Larger Truth
Truth or…
Hall of Fame of Fakers
Truth and Fact
Fact Checking
Fact Checking Sedaris
Have I Totally D'Agata-ed This?
Credibility-and Correctness
What About the BOTS?
Interesting Reading
Who Will Take Charge?
The Creative Nonfiction Police
The Objectivity Debate
Manufacturing Dialogue
Name Changing
Libel, Defamation-and Writing About the Dead
Interesting but Not So Amusing Fudging
Share Your Work with Your Subjects
Covering Yourself
Final Thoughts About Ethical, Legal, and Moral Boundaries
Slave to Routine
Passion and Practice
The Rope Test
Fall Down Nine Times-Get Up Ten
A Final Word About Schedules
The Creative Nonfiction Pendulum: From Personal to Public
The Personal: That Kiss That Caused the Craze
The Memoir Craze
Between Memoir and Autobiography
Don't Get Tangled in Terminology
The Public or "Big Idea�
The Universal Chord: When Personal and Public Come Together
Widening the Pendulum's Swing
The Creative Nonfiction Way of Life
From Dream to Reality
Single-Subject Books
Through Immersion, a Writer Can See the Story As It Happens
Futures or "Idea" Book
Selecting Subjects to Write About
What Immersion Is Really About: People
More About Immersion
Literary Sports Note
The Bitter Better End
The Tribulations of the Writer at Work
Should You Be Part of the Action?
Documenting the Immersion
Shirt Boards and Fancy Duds
It's the Story, Stupid
Thomas and Linda and the Power of the Story
The Story Behind the Story
It's the Information, Stupid!
And Finally, a Gentle Reminder
The Writing and Revising and Writing and Revising Part: How to Do It
Introduction to Part II
How to Read
Reading Over Your Reader's Shoulder
I Remember Mama
Reading with a Writer's Eye
The Building Blocks
The Yellow (Or Highlighting) Test
A Famous and Memorable Scene
To Highlight or Not to Highlight: That is the Question
Something Always Happens
Dialogue and Description
Intimate Details
A Famous Intimate Detail
More Examples of Intimate or Specific Detail
An Important Note About Interviewing
Does Absence of the Writer Mean Absence of Detail-Or a Weakness in the Story?
Inner Point of View
The Creative Nonfiction Dance
Reminder: Writing Is Revision
Now Let's Dance
"Difficult Decisions� by Lee Gutkind
Follow-up Commentary
"Three Spheres� by Lauren Slater
Highlighting "Three Spheres" and "Yellow Taxi"
"Yellow Taxi," by Eve Joseph
Dealing with the Dead
Recreation or "Reconstruction"?
How Did It Happen?
The Shocking Truth About the New York Times
The Narrative Line and the Hook
"Fixing Nemo"
Plunging the Reader into the Story
Background Means What It Says: In the Back
The Story Determines the Research Information-The Facts-You Gather and Provide
Framing: The Second Part of Structure (After Scenes)
As Part of the Frame, There's Something at Stake
Altering Chronology
Parallel Narratives
Don't Make Promises You Can't Keep
Main Point of Focus
Frame Reflects Focus
Stories (Scenes) Are Elastic
First Lede/Real Lead: A Creative Nonfiction Experiment Precipitated by Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald
Clarity and Question Marks
The Drawer Phase
Remember That Writing Is Revision
Now That I Know Everything I Ever Wanted to Know About Creative Nonfiction, What Happens Next?
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Publish or Perish
Don't Worry, Be Happy-and Smart
A Final Word: Read this Book Again
Appendix: Then and Now: Great (And Not So Great) Moments in Creative Nonfiction, 1993-2010
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