Down with narrative arc! Death to climax! Alison makes a case for non-standard narrative structures, praising patterns in nature: meander, spiral, explosion, radial, fractal, cell, tsunami. Some good examples (Sebald, García Márquez, Lispector), but tons of omissions (Calvino, Borges, Pavić, Vonnegut, Bolaño), few “stun gun” insights. Section on pacing, “narrative hydraulics,” Wolff‘s “Bullet in the Brain” strong. Narrative by accumulation. 2019
Just finished it and I enjoyed it a lot: a very cool view into the mind of a great writer about writing novels, publishing, readers, literary awards, and more. A pick.
This read also helped me get a #BookSpinBingo for this month.
@TheAromaOfBooks I was trying hard to find a book with a title starting with N for my #BookChain challenge, only when I finished it I realized this was it 😃
This book covers everything to do with novel writing.
It's ideal for beginners, such as myself because you get to learn the basics but also for more experienced writers looking to keep their skills sharp.
The chapters cover different aspects of novel writing and can be read in the order that interests the reader.
I've read a few similar books, this one is the best.
This book of essays written by some of the most well respected and prolific romance authors was thoughtful, well researched, and made me@think about what I read and how it impacts my life. While definitely dated, published 1992, I appreciated the honest and smart perspectives shared. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Nonfiction #LikeAVirgin
Since I‘ve been in school, I‘ve been taking a hiatus from serious writing (I still journaled and wrote poetry now and then). Now that I‘m only a few weeks from graduation, I‘ll be jumping back in. I saw this available for preorder a couple of weeks ago and it just arrived. It came at the perfect time. After so much time off, I‘m definitely in need of some inspiration.
May the words be with you. Always.
This short-but-sweet guide to poetry is written for the aspiring poet but enlightens readers, too. It refreshed my memories of AP Literature: scansion, metric patterns, imagery. It makes me want to read more poetry. #52Books #under200pages