From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

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Grove Press, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 269 pages
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Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, teaches graduate fiction at Florida State University his version of literary boot camp. In From Where You Dream, Butler reimagines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual, and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. Proposing that fiction is the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass, Butler reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire. Offering a direct view into the mind and craft of a literary master, From Where You Dream is an invaluable tool for the novice and experienced writer alike.
  

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very good insight into the writing experience. - Goodreads
My work tends to be a little more plot-driven. - Goodreads
Great advice, really. - Goodreads
Even better as a reference for teaching Writing. - Goodreads
Deefinitely a must read for any serious writer. - Goodreads
Great book, with valuable insight. - Goodreads

Review: From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

User Review  - Tiffany - Goodreads

I poured over this book like a good novel. Robert Olen Butler explained to me where I have been going wrong with my writing - I am thinking. Writing isn't creating, it's imagining. Add to that his ... Read full review

Review: From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

User Review  - Tom Britz - Goodreads

This book started off which much promise. I love the thought of going deep within yourself to find tour own "white-hot center", the place of dreams with which to write your stories. However, Mr ... Read full review

Contents

BOOT CAMP
9
THE ZONE
23
3 YEARNING
39
CINEMA OF THE MIND
63
A WRITER PREPARES
85
READING LIT GRIT AND THE WORKSHOP
107
7 THE BAD STORY
123
8 THE ANECDOTE EXERCISE
141
THE WRITTEN EXERCISE
165
FLAMENCO BY ERICH SYSAK
187
MY IMPOSSIBLES BY BRANDY TWILSON
207
MY SUMMER IN VULCAN BY RITA MAE REESE
229
OPEN ARMS BY ROBERT OLEN BUTLER
253
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Robert Olen Butler is a novelist, screenwriter, educator, and short-story writer who grew up in Granite City, Illinois. Butler served in Vietnam. Following the Vietnam War, Butler began writing. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The Paris Review, and The Saturday Review, as well as in four annual editions of the Best American Short Stories and six annual editions of New Stories of the South. A collection of his stories, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Butler's novels include The Alleys of Eden, Countrymen of Bones, and Sun Dogs. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Butler also won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at McNeese State University.

Janet Burroway is the author of eight novels, including "The Buzzards" and "Raw Silk"; two best-selling textbooks, "Writing Fiction" and "Imaginative Writing"; and the forthcoming memoir "Losing Tim". She is also the author of numerous plays, short stories, poetry collections, and children's books. She is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at Florida State University and divides her time between Lake Geneva, Wisconsinm and Chicago.

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