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The Soul of Creative Writing Paperback – March 31, 2009
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'Who needs another book on writing? If it's this one, you do. Richard Goodman examines--with the same curiosity, wit, and good sense that characterized his gem of a memoir, French Dirt--the soul of the writer's life. There is so much to admire about this book: Goodman's respect for the secret strength of words, his awe of 'the nerve of poetry,' his ear for the music of prose, his love of the puzzles and pleasures of punctuation, and his deep understanding of the malleability of technique. Though The Soul of Creative Writing is full of both aesthetic and practical advice, Goodman wears his erudition lightly in these ten lessons in grace, clarity, and sense of purpose. I loved this book and will keep it nearby when my own well has run dry and I need inspiration, prodding, or reminding that writing is both vocation and delight, worthy of a life's dedication.'-- K. L. Cook, author of The Girl from Chanelle and Last Call
“Any writer should read all these delicate, dear essays who wants to write anything better than she or he has done before, be it fiction, essay, poem or merely sentence. Who would guess that ideas about language and literature could be expressed so gracefully? Richard Goodman's essays do not blanket the subject of writing, rather they offer us peep holes through which we glimpse sunny mysteries. Blink and look again.”-- Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Abundance, a Novel of Marie Antoinette and Ahab’s Wife
'Including well-selected examples from literature throughout, this book will serve as a supplement for the modesty accomplished and a reminder for the more experienced. It should prompt experimentation with rhythm, sound, diction, and metaphor. Recommended. All readers, all levels. -- G.W. Clift, Choice
"This book is not just for writers then, but for lovers of words and writing. For renewing my excitement about what I've chosen to do for a living, this book deserves 13 exclamation marks." -- The Writer Magazine
"A first rate handbook for aspiring authors of any type of creative writing, be it short stories, novels, or poetry, "The Soul of Creative Writing" is a must for any community library collections gathering books on writing."--Midwest Book Review
"Richard Goodman's marvelous book, The Soul of Creative Writing, will instruct, delight, edify, challenge, reassure, and guide any student of writing to a personal best. The Soul of Creative Writing is a wonderbook of meditative instruction. Goodman's sympathy for the writer's dilemma, the warmth of his urging, the brightness of his enthusiasm all remind us that courage lies inside encouragement. We can find courage to write here, and support from all Goodman's tips and insights. Like the best teaching from the most inspired teachers, it's simply invaluable." --Molly Peacock, author of Cornucopia and Paradise, Piece by Piece
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And while on the surface The Soul of Creative Writing might seem to be, and indeed is, a scholarly book, Mr. Goodman's style is so conversational and inclusive and his love of writing so apparent...each essay seemed like a great piece of chocolate. To quote one of the author's own maxims..."If you find a book you love, don't hoard the discovery. Reading is not a contest". And so I share.
read on the process of writing. Mr. Goodman's love of language and in depth examination of subjects
such as "In Search of the Exact" word will not only inspire you to be a better writer - IT WILL - make you
a better writer just by absorbing the incredible wisdom that is being so generously shared.
I honestly can't recommend this book enough - thank you Richard!
Richard Goodman has a love affair with words. They woo him in a powerful, seductive way. If words are elusive or difficult, Mr. Goodman searches until he finds le mot juste - the right word. He is captivated by the music, the poetry, and even the punctuation of a great paragraph. Even titles hold his fancy. Mr. Goodman's passion is contagious. He invites the reader into a mystical arena where pen and paper create characters, scenes, dilemmas, drama, and humor. Mr. Goodman teaches us how the word is made flesh. He encourages writers to follow their passion even if it leads them to write books about, let's say, the disappearance of card catalogues ("Double Fold: Libraries and the Assualt on Paper"). He encourages authors of non-fiction to turn to fiction as an example for character development, setting, and drama. Mr. Goodman suggests that fiction and non-fiction writers look to poetry for inspiration.
Mr. Goodman is not just a terrific teacher, he is also a writer who has opened his soul and shared his great love of words.
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This is a book of essays on creative writing; not a self-help book for aspiring writers. After reading the other reviews, I bought this book for inspiration; I wasn't inspired. Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by Challenger Nuke
This book is a lot of fun to read and learn a new appreciation of learning the right word to use. As a new writer and a life time reader, I am striving to learn how to express... Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by Andie
My first thought reading through this book was that it is extremely touching. Richard Goodman shows you exactly how beautiful writing can be and calls out time and time again... Read morePublished on January 23, 2010 by M. Mazzatenta
As a published author I am often asked to recommend books on writing. I would put this at the top of my list. Read morePublished on October 27, 2008 by Jo Maeder