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The NORTAV Method for Writers: The Secret to Constructing Prose Like the Pros Paperback – July 10, 2012
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About the Author
A. J. “Jim” Abbiati lives and works in historic Mystic, Connecticut. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing, a BA in English, and a BS in Computer Science. When not writing, Jim works for a major software engineering firm. He is currently at work on his second novel and is considering doctoral programs in either creative writing or narratology. Jim loves to hear from fellow writers. Contact him at: http://thenortavmethod.com/ http://ajabbiati.com/
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There are very few people in the world where writing comes to them completely natural. Then there are the other people, like me, who have to strive towards greatness by reading every single book that you possibly can on the subject. And if you want to progress a hundred percent after just one read, this is the book you want.
"The NORTAV Method for Writers" goes into great depth on how to write prose. If you have a very analytical mind, like mine, then you'll find the tools implemented inside this novel to be very exciting. Once I started reading the book I couldn't put it down. I caught on fast and just kept practicing. Then I immediately went to random novels that I had lying around and started breaking down the prose and figuring out how individual authors write. Then I put pen to paper and started jotting down prose and for the first time ever, I felt like writers block didn't exist. I is incredibly inspiring.
So whether you are struggling with writing or you are great and still want to improve, read this book!
I would a hundred percent, recommend it to anyone.
The NORTAV Method is crafted as a result of over eight years of study by the author, A.J. Abbiati, who has earned an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in English. NORTAV is actually an acronym: "Narration, Observation, Reaction, Thought, Action, Vocalization." These 'tags' label what type of prose pieces are being used by an author at any given time to illustrate the events and content of a story--and it is a smart way of decoding prose.
Many, MANY books on crafting content for a novel exist--but there are very few on the art of creating fine prose and doing it right; writing well is the goal of all authors, and "The NORTAV Method" actually teaches you how to "write well." Really, I've found Abbiati's method to be a lot like a geneticist's labeling of DNA. In using the NORTAV analysis, you are explaining how the effect an author has achieved was created.
Beyond the 'gene labeling' aspect of the book is instruction on the actual process of crafting prose and what type of perspective and narrative modes are used in novels. The various labels of 'first-person,' 'second-person,' 'third-person,' and all their sub-points-of-view are simplified under "Direct Character Experience," "Narrated Character Experience," and straight "Narration."
Overall, this is a book that combines the effects of years of research and study in the field and presents the consistent findings in a way that anyone can understand. Understanding content for a novel, layout, and other aspects of fiction is important--but if you want to actually WRITE well, "The NORTAV Method" ought to be a part of your curriculum.