Write Like the Masters: Emulating the Best of Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, and Others
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Want To Find Your Voice? Learn from the Best.
Time and time again you've been told to find your own unique writing style, as if it were as simple as pulling it out of thin air. But finding your voice isn't easy, so where better to look than to the greatest writers of our time?
Write Like the Masters analyzes the writing styles of twenty-one great novelists, including Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, Franz Kafka, Flannery O'Connor, and Ray Bradbury. This fascinating and insightful guide shows you how to imitate the masters of literature and, in the process, learn advanced writing secrets to fire up your own work.
- Herman Melville's secrets for creating characters as memorable as Captain Ahab
- How to master point of view with techniques from Fyodor Dostoevesky
- Ways to pick up the pace by keeping your sentences lean like Ernest Hemingway
- The importance of sensual details from James Bond creator Ian Fleming
- How to add suspense to your story by following the lead of the master of horror, Stephen King
Whether you're working on a unique voice for your next novel or you're a composition student toying with different styles, this guide will help you gain insight into the work of the masters through the rhetorical technique of imitation. Filled with practical, easy-to-apply advice, Write Like the Masters is your key to understanding and using the proven techniques of history's greatest authors.
just one or the other. The creation of symbols works best when it goes hand in hand with the detailed creation of character and plot. As you do this work you will discover deeper meanings in your own story, which is part of the joy of writing. 25. For example, J.D. Salinger felt inferior to Kafka. Keats was worried about his inferiority to Shakespeare, but he developed a ten-year plan to read and outshine Shakespeare. Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys fell into a deep depression upon hearing the
1972:103-104. Write Like Honoré de Balzac What he discovered was something of great importance to his future as a writer: he could write as fast as he talked and this was very fast indeed. He wrote a novelette in two or three weeks, working in long timeless stretches; he boasted that he could wear out ten crow-feather pens in three days, in his rapid hand that dashed like black rain across the uncorrected pages. He could hardly keep up with his fantastic invention and he did not care much
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effective method of improving your own writing. It’s important to realize, though, that not all of these brilliant detailed passages came straight from the pen of Fleming in one take, so to speak. Many passages were edited for added detail. I discovered this by accident while examining the original typescript of You Only Live Twice, which is contained in the Lilly Library at the University of Indiana. 7. John Gardner the novelist and critic, not to be confused with John Gardner the thriller
appears as a Wise Old Man and sometimes is personified by a younger sage or 16. Booker 2004:298-299. Write Like Ian Fleming 175 friendly associate).You’ll almost always be able to identify someone or some group functioning as the evil forces or the monster. The fact is that your outline or first draft may very well have all these archetypes in one form or another. If you can identify the archetypal role of your major characters, you can enhance those mythical qualities in these characters