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- Print Length: 192 pages
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- Publisher: The Twenty-One Writers Project (September 4, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 4, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00961NCMW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
MAKING STORY: TWENTY-ONE WRITERS ON HOW THEY PLOT (TWENTY-ONE WRITERS #1) (THE TWENTY-ONE WRITERS PROJECT) Kindle Edition
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Books by writers who actually earn their livings writing fiction are rare, because these people are busy writing the books that feed their families. That's why Making Story is such a welcome addition to the literature. These authors have published over one hundred books among them, and sold over a million copies. Another bonus of getting a group of fiction writers to talk about writing is their comments will not be dry. They write entertaining prose for a living. Making Story is a quick and entertaining read you'll want to keep around for future reference, so the next time you're stuck, you can refer back to how one of your favorites gets past such obstacles. --Dana King, author of Wild Bill and Worst Enemies
One of the best writing books I've read. --Ellen Kirschman, Ph.D. Best-selling author of I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know and I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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That's the problem with most "how to write" books. Few are written by anyone you've ever heard of, and the reasons you've never heard of these people are often legitimate. Books by writers who actually earn their livings writing fiction are rare, because these people are busy writing the books that feed their families. That's why Timothy Hallinan's latest effort, Making Story: Twenty-One Writers On How They Plot is such a welcome addition to the literature.
Hallinan's authors have published over one hundred books among them, and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. They tackled one of the most debated aspects of fiction--plotting--and described how each of them does it. Rarely, if ever, has such a broad spectrum of techniques been solicited.
And guess what? It's a mess. No one does it exactly the same. Few do it even mostly the same. The thread that runs through the book is every author--and, often, every book by the same author--requires their own approach. What worked last time won't work this time, no matter how hard you try to shoehorn your raw material into the old mold.
The only thing close to a consensus in Making Story comes from showing it's not just okay to experiment, it's practically mandatory. Where the real help comes is in seeing the different things all these successful authors have tried, and cherry-picking which might work for you on the next project, or when you're stuck. You may also smile when you discover someone whose work you enjoy, maybe even admire, does something much the way you do.
Another bonus of getting a group of fiction writers to talk about writing is, their comments will not be dry. They write entertaining prose fpor a living. This is no textbook full of rules. The primary thing most will take away is, there are no rules when it comes to plotting.
Making Story is a quick and entertaining read you'll want to keep around for future reference, so the next time you're stuck, you can refer back to how one of your favorites gets past such obstacles.
(Here are the writers who participated: Michael Stanley, Kelli Stanley, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Jeffrey Siger, Zoe Sharp, Stephen Jay Schwartz, Mike Orenduff, Debbi Mack, Wendy Hornsby, Gar Anthony Haywood, Timothy Hallinan, Leighton Gage, Jeremy Duns, Bill Crider, Meredith Cole, Jeffrey Cohen, Rebecca Cantrell, Rachel Brady, Lisa Brackmann, Cara Black, and Brett Battles.)
This is the only book I can say has impacted how I make story. I can't rave about it enough. It isn't a how-to book. It a how-I-do-it book, and I have to say I find it more valuable. A how-to book tells you one way to do a thing. This one tells you twenty-one ways to do it and you try or apply whatever works for you.