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The way of the writer : reflections on the art and craft of storytelling / Charles Johnson.

Johnson, Charles, 1948- [Browse]
  • New York, NY : Scribner, 2016.
  • ©2016
First Scribner edition.
xix, 233 pages ; 22 cm
Summary note:
"Organized into six accessible, easy-to-navigate sections, The Way of the Writer is both a literary reflection on the creative impulse and a utilitarian guide to the writing process. Johnson shares his lessons and exercises from the classroom, starting with word choice, sentence structure, and narrative voice, and delving into the mechanics of scene, dialogue, plot and storytelling before exploring the larger questions at stake for the serious writer. What separates literature from industrial fiction? What lies at the heart of the creative impulse? How does one navigate the literary world? And how are philosophy and fiction concomitant?"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references.
I. Who is the writer? -- In the beginning... -- The apprentice novels -- A day in the life -- The writing space -- The artist as shape-shifter -- The quesion of vision -- II. The process of writing -- A boot camp for creative writing -- Words -- In defense of our language -- Telling it long and telling it short -- Opening sentences: a hundred rays of light -- On craft and revision -- The challenge of voice -- How we sound -- Nature gives us no metaphors -- Scene and dialogue -- The importance of plot -- Storytelling and the alpha narrative -- On the novel and short story -- The essay -- The risks we take -- III. What helps the writer? -- On teachers and mentors -- The wounds that create our work -- The first readers -- Writers and editors -- On reading -- The virtues of journalism -- Practical literary advice -- IV. The writer as teacher -- The literary duet: creative writing and critical theory -- The creative-writing teacher as soul catcher -- Writing and teaching, or From Mr. Hyde to Dr. Jekyll -- V. The writing life and the duties of the writer -- The art of book reviewing -- In translation -- On screenwriting -- Editing and small presses -- VI. Philosophy and the writer -- Writing well is thinking well -- The writer and philosophy -- Fiction and the liberation of perception -- New fiction novelists -- Science fiction and the philosophical novel -- Sartre and the nothingness of being -- The truth-telling power of fiction -- Afterword: Notes from a former student / by Marc C. Conner.
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