The world's best contemporary writers--from Michael Chabon and Claire Messud to Jonathan Lethem and Amy Tan--engage in a wide-ranging, insightful, and oft- surprising roundtable discussion on the art of writing fiction Drawing back the curtain on the mysterious process of writing novels, The Secret Miracle brings together the foremost practitioners of the craft to discuss how they write. Paul Auster, Roddy Doyle, Allegra Goodman, Aleksandar Hemon, Mario Vargas Llosa, Susan Minot, Rick Moody, Haruki Murakami, George Pelecanos, Gary Shteyngart, and others take us step by step through the alchemy of writing fiction, answering everything from nuts-and-bolts queries--qDo you outline?q--to perennial questions posed by writers and readers alike: qWhat makes a character compelling?q From Stephen King's deadpan distinction between novels and short stories (qNovels are longer and have more s**t in themq) to Colm Toibin's anti-romanticized take on his characters (qThey are just wordsq) to JosAc Manuel Prieto's mature perspective on the anxieties of influence (qInfluences are felt or weigh you down more when youngq), every page contains insights found nowhere else. With honesty, humor, and elegance, The Secret Miracle gives both aspiring writers and lovers of literature a master class in the art of writing.AMY TAN: I used to say no and I think thata#39;s a lie. I outlined in certain waysanot the outline that your third-grade teacher taught you to do. Sometimes I write down in a flash form what I think is the overall story structure. Theya#39;re cryptic notes toanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Secret Miracle|
|Publisher||:||Macmillan - 2010-04-13|